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Peter Murphy Performs Bauhaus

Singer celebrates 35 years of former band

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    Peter Murphy appears at The Fillmore on July 23.

    Those that like their music — and their clothes — on the dark side are in for a treat when Peter Murphy plays the Fillmore this summer. The Godfather of Goth will be gracing the venue with a rare appearance on July 23 as part of his fifty-plus date Mr. Moonlight Tour (tickets are available now). The former Bauhaus frontman is hitting the road to mark the 35th anniversary of the band. In honor of this, the enigmatic singer promises to exclusively perform Bauhaus material.

    Bauhaus was formed in the UK in 1978. Alongside Murphy, the lineup of the seminal gothic band also featured Daniel Ash on guitar, David J on bass, and Kevin Haskins on drums. They released four albums before parting ways in 1983. Murphy went on to have considerable solo success, while his former bandmates re-grouped and formed the three-piece outfit Love and Rockets.

    All four original Bauhaus members reunited in 1998 for the Resurrection Tour. They subsequently reformed again for an unforgettable 2005 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which began with Murphy suspended high above the stage hanging upside down like a bat. After the success of the Coachella performance the band stayed together for three more years. They toured extensively both in the US and Europe, and recorded what seems likely to be the band’s last album, Go Away White, before parting ways with an air of finality in 2008.

    The rest of the Bauhaus bats may have left the bell tower, but Murphy is decidedly undead. In recent years performances with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails have exposed Murphy to a new audience, as did a cameo role as "The Cold One" in the 2010 Twilight film, Eclipse. Murphy’s mesmerizing vampiric presence has always given his performances a certain cinematic flair. It’s perhaps because of this that director Tony Scott recruited Bauhaus for his 1983 film The Hunger. The opening sequences of the cult horror classic feature the band performing their first and best known single, "Bela Lugosi's Dead," which will without doubt be a highlight of the translucent one’s Mr. Moonlight set.