IN A career in the music industry spanning more than four decades it is hard to believe that electronic music pioneer Gary Numan has never graced a stage in Basingstoke.

This all changed on Friday, 20 July, when the songwriter came to the Anvil for the very first time.

Eager fans would have to wait a little longer to see the man of the moment after doors opened as opening act Nightmare Air kicked-off proceedings.

Their mix of heavy guitars and electronically triggered drums surely won over some fans, but the packed-out Basingstoke theatre were here for one reason only.

Currently on an extensive tour promoting his latest album Savage (songs from a broken world), Numan came out draped in gear fitting of his post-apocalyptic themed album.

Before a single not was sung, the Basingstoke crowed erupted at the presence of the 60-year-old.

With the whole stage plunged into darkness except for a few backing lights, Numan and his band launched into Pressure and Halo.

Bouncing around the Anvil stage like a pinball, you could not take your eyes off of Numan, and by the time we reached song three, Metal, the main auditorium was on its feet.

However, this performance wasn’t just about Numan, the light show, the incredibly heavy tone of the guitar – something which sounds a lot heavier live than on record – I was fully immersed in what has happening on stage.

Not known to be much of a talker between songs, it was clear that Numan was in his element and enjoying every minute he was in front of this Basingstoke crowd.

That being said, when it came to the encore he did break this rule, by showing his gratitude and support from a town, which this was his first time visiting.

Numan closed with That's Too Bad and Are 'Friends' Electric?

Going into the night I had never seen Gary Numan live, after tonight I will be front of the queue to see him again.