OMD at the Greek Theater – Music Connection Magazine

As far as 80s synth-pop goes, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD) was one of the biggest to come from the UK. OMD performed at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California last night.

After 18 years together the band took a 10 year hiatus and have been together again since 2006. OMD have released 13 albums, six made the top 10 in the UK, eight charted between silver and platinum there- down. OMD also has 35 singles in the UK, seven of which are in the top 10. Their most recent release was in 2017 with The Punishment of Luxury. OMD consists of founding members Andy McCluskey (Vocals/Bass) and Paul Humphreys (Keyboards), Martin Cooper (Keyboards/Sax) who joined in 1980 and drummer Stuart Kershaw who replaced original drummer Malcolm Holmes in 2015. but had also played with the band in 1993. OMD influenced many bands including those from the same era like Depeche Mode, Men Without Hats and Duran Duran to bands that came later like MGMT, No Doubt, The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie. OMD’s tour is in honor of their 40th anniversary.

The morning of Goodfellas star Ray Liotta passed, followed by Yes drummer Alan White and then keyboardist and Depeche Mode co-founder Andy Fletcher. OMD honored Fletcher with a photo of him on screen and took a moment to talk about his legacy.

OMD opened the show with “Stanlow” and played a total of 21 songs. On the third song “Messages”, McCluskey played bass. OMD played all the hits like “Souvenir”, “Joan of Arc” and finished with “Enola Gay” before the three-song encore. The encore was “If You Leave”, “Secret”, and “Electricity”. OMD sound fantastic and many songs had the audience dancing and of course singing along.

Set list:

Atomic Ranch (Intro)


2. Isotype

3 . posts

4. Tesla Girls

5. History of the Modern (Part 1)

6. (Forever) Live and Die

7. Memories

8. Joan of Arc

9. Maid of Orleans

10. Figurines

11. Almost

12. Don’t Leave

13. So In Love

14. Dream

15. The Punishment of Luxury

16. Locomotion

17. Sail the Seven Seas

18. Enola Gay


19. If You Leave

20. Secrecy

21. Electricity