Peter Murphy solo: Search & Destroy

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His new album 'Unshattered' is spotty, but the first four songs are wonderful. He never made a bad album. Also, I love his affinity for good bassists. He's got fretless on a lot of his songs, he's worked with Mick Karn, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma played on 'Dust'. The guy has good taste.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I really really REALLY must get that new album at Amoeba tomorrow.

Everything else -- well, the AMG section is mostly my reviews, so go through that. ;-) That said, I stand by the fact that while I adored Deep when it came out and Love Hysteria only slightly less, Dust from two years ago is his flat out greatest effort, something truly distinct and inspired from him that was also a dark, beautiful jewel of an album. The live tour I saw was equally compelling. Even if he never does anything like it again, I'm so glad for that album's existence.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm quite fond of Love Hysteria, Deep, and to a slightly lesser extent Holy Smoke (the only one of those I own...my father has all three of those and bought them when they came out). Haven't heard the rest yet...

Ian Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've only heard Deep. I'm asking for several other of his albums for xmas.

"Cuts You Up" is probably my favorite song EVER.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ok maybe not EVER. But right now it is.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 23 November 2004 21:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the only one of those I own...my father has all three of those and bought them when they came out

I keep forgetting what an infant you are (I TEASE).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm always a sucker for that Arabic sound (Youssou N'dour's 'Egypt' is one of my faves of the year), but I'm not completely won over by 'Dust'. Sometimes it's a little too sparse for my tastes. I would have liked more Arabic sounds...maybe even an orchestra instead of just the violin. "My Last Two Weeks" is amazing, at least.

Ned, post your thoughts on 'Unshattered' when you get it. Or, dang, review it for AMG! I don't think there's one up yet, is there....

Patrick South (Patrick South), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Cascade', and especially "Gliding Like a Whale", is wonderful.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 22:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Should the world fail ta .... I recently heard Final Solution again and have decided that it was terrible, but the Magazine cover I still like & Blue Heart and The Answer is Clear are still played around these parts.

Cuts You Up is still a great pop song .. Love Hysteria hasn't aged well with me, But I still dig Socrates the Python. I stopped with Hly Smoke & can't even remember what's on it. Maybe It's time I gave hime another chance.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I recently heard Final Solution again and have decided that it was terrible

You, sir, are sick in the head.

I sort've lost interest at Holy Smoke, and some of his stuff sounds awfully dated today (notably "Blind Sublime," though I still digs it). "All Night Long" is a beautiful, perfect song, as is "Cuts You Up". My very favorite of his solo stuff is probably "God Sends" on Should the World Fail....

And his cover of "Final Solution" ROCKS!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

eh, I used to think so, but put it up next to Pere Ubu and it just doesn't cut it anymore .. (but for some reason I managed to like both versions in the 80s .. go figure.)

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have a harder time listening to goofy ass peter murphy solo stuff than goofy ass bauhaus stuff these days, but I still love Marlene Deitrich's Favorite Poem. God I was obsessed with that record when it came out!

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hahah, the funny thing about that "Final Solution" cover -- in 1991 I ended up hanging around David Thomas during a radio station interview and I asked him about Peter's cover. The response -- David liked it but thought there were two problems -- he made the lyrics understandable and he took out the guitar solo. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My very favorite of his solo stuff is probably "God Sends" on Should the World Fail....

I first heard this live at a 1990 show -- made a big impression on me and still ranks as one of his finest moments.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 23:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Marlene Dietrich's Favorite Poem" is tear-jerkingly beautiful.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 01:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

David liked it but thought there were two problems -- he made the lyrics understandable

He used to say that in concerts too. (Also referring to Living Color I think.) I saw Pere twice on the same tour - twice. so twice in ?87/88? and twice in ?89?.. and in both cases, he said almost exactly the same things to the audience in different cities.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 03:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I know, Ned...I'm so tiny, and tiny children have a way of falling down, you know...

Ian Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
Anybody seen him live? I'm seeing him on Wednesday.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Saturday, 14 May 2005 15:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i saw him on the Deep tour. at an amusement park!

kyle (akmonday), Saturday, 14 May 2005 16:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Six times solo, four times with Bauhaus. New album's quite good (yes, I finally got around to getting it) and he always *always* puts on an incredible show, even when he's sick (as I've seen happen once). Should be a treat, will be see him myself on the 27th.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 14 May 2005 16:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Cranking "Cuts You Up" right now at the office --- 1:13 am -- and damn is this ever a lovely track.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 17 June 2005 04:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He's about to play Europe!

JULY 06 Athens, GREECE - Olympic Games Beach Volleyball Stadium
JULY 09 Rome, ITALY - Zoobar
JULY 12 Barcelona, SPAIN - Bikini
JULY 13 Madrid, SPAIN - Arena
JULY 15 Paris, FRANCE - La Batufur
JULY 16 Paris, FRANCE - La Batufur
JULY 18 Dublin, IRELAND- Temple Bar
JULY 19 London, UK - Scala
JULY 20 Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
JULY 22 ZILLO Festival - GERMANY (Headlining)
JULY 29 Vilar de Mouros Festival- PORTUGAL (Headlining)

The performance of "Cuts You Up" at the LA show three weeks back was a goddamn treat and a half.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 17 June 2005 05:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Appropos of absolutely nothing, I dug out my copy of Should the World Fail... this afternoon and gave "God Sends" a stentorian airing. When those strings kick in? Jesus that's fucking amazing, and the man's voice has never sounded finer. Fuck if I know what he's singing about, but when it sounds this sublilme, he could be crooning about sifting through ox dung looking for worms and I'd still adore it.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 21 October 2005 01:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Or making fishcakes.

owen moorhead (i heart daniel miller), Friday, 21 October 2005 04:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I really disliked "Holy Smoke" when it came out but today it sounded great (this week has been all about revisiting albums I didn't like 15 years ago and finding them great, like "Kill Uncle"). It sounds distinctly less dated than Deep now.

akm, Sunday, 11 March 2007 06:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Hit Song" is quite lovely, even if he re-uses that bit of dubious poetry from "Roll Call" ("breath the only friend")

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 11 March 2007 13:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's a nice callback. And it's a remarkably good album, especially "Keep Me From Harm" and pretty much all the second half. "Low Room" needs more love too.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 11 March 2007 15:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Doesn't one of those tunes on the second half employ Eno-style "cricket menace"?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 11 March 2007 15:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Last few days I've found myself near-obsessively relistening to Should the World Fail to Fall Apart. It's a much better album than even I realized (and I already liked it quite a lot).

Anyway, he's on tour again and I'm looking forward to catching him in June.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Really must get it. I heard, of all things, "Dragnets Drag" running through my head on the plane to Seattle last week.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Interesting. Not the song that would have leapt out at me!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

That quasi-U2 rhythm guitar and the choirtron synth in the background, with Murphy mumbling "Whirlpools whirl..."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

You're onto something there.

The a capella start to "Blue Heart" is what got me on the Should kick again.

"Was it a liiiiiie?
Was it the TRUTH?"

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2008 01:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Should is such a treat. Gotta dig up my vinyl of that again. Wasn't it co-produced with Ivo from 4AD?

Capitaine Jay Vee, Thursday, 17 April 2008 03:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sure was! And compared to the albums that immediately followed it sounds it in more than one sense, because Should is more of a free floating experiment where the next three records were Peter-plus-a-band.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2008 03:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Anyone heard who's opening for PM this tour?

(I'm diggin Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem lately..)

dave 2¼, Monday, 12 May 2008 00:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Murphy's coming to Austin, can't decide whether to go. Live show any good?

stephen, Monday, 12 May 2008 02:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Any good! It's fantastic. He is a remarkable performer.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 May 2008 03:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

well i mean, i've seen him with Bauhaus and he's obviously great there. just wondering if the solo show was on the same level. you know, without the other guys. i like p.murphy solo just... okay, not incredible.

stephen, Monday, 12 May 2008 05:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

I prefer Peter separate from Love & Rockets and Bauhaus should not perform ever again. They're both better off without each other.

dave 2¼, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 15:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

u crazy

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 15:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

okay so.... Burning from the Inside, Endless Summer of the Damned, Black Stone Heart, She's in Parties, Bela Lugosi's Dead (acoustic/solo)..... Crystal Wrists, I'll Fall with Your Knife, The Sweetest Drop, Idle Flow, Final Solution, Cuts You Up (heavy metal version/guest vocals from stagehand/birthday cake??)....... plus covers of Be My Wife and an impromptu version of Wild Is the Wind (acapella/vocals only).......... GREAT SHOW IN AUSTIN.

stephen, Saturday, 12 July 2008 07:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ha! I knew this would be a Stephen revive! :)

Bimble, Saturday, 12 July 2008 07:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

whatchu talkin bout bimble

stephen, Saturday, 12 July 2008 08:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

hahaha *deep voice* "that's the second time you be talking at me like that, willis! hahaha

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 12 July 2008 08:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

If you have already seen this video of him covering Grace Jones' "Nightclubbing" and you didn't tell me about it, well, I'm disappointed in you. I'm glad I've got a friend who likes goth rock and can tell me about this shit.

The Horror of Fang Rock (Bimble), Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Iggy had the original, Bimble, not Grace Jones!

I always thought Murphy was a poor man's Iggy, and there goes your proof.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah I just found that out, Timi, about Iggy being the writer of it. Oh well.

The Horror of Fang Rock (Bimble), Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Iggy and Bowie!

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

You would tolly dig The Idiot if you're into Murphy.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 18 January 2009 10:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wisely (I feel), they've decided to avoid the steady day-by-day drip and just postpone the next few upcoming shows en masse (all the more helpful if he gets the go-ahead early and can fly out here to get over jet lag). As you can see on the calendar -- https://www.thechapelsf.com/calendar/ -- he's now packing in all the shows over two weeks starting next Tuesday, including double shows on a number of nights, and the original planned chronological order is long since out of the window. Oddly enough I think that'll add some unexpected energy to all this, though I suspect all involved would have been fine without that.

And obviously this is still all a crazy situation to start with. That said, Paul Chalker at the Chapel did say this in his mailout last night: "If there's one thing we've learned from this entire situation is just how amazing Peter Murphy fans are. Thank you so much for all your understanding, and know that we are working around the clock and throwing everything we have at this to speed the process up and keep everyone up to date." And he mentioned that directly to me as well, so it's nice to see positive vibes given how nuts it all is.

But I'll add that if this drags out further it's hard for me to see how this will work unless they double stack more shows. After the 19th, the Chapel is booked solid by other acts for the next six days. And as it stands he'll first perform for seven straight days, one which is a double show, then a day break, then four days ending on another double show, another day break, then one final double show. Admittedly I've seen as crazy tour schedules, though often with younger performers, and his big advantage, of course, is that he doesn't have to go anywhere, as well as his crew only having to fully breakdown and reset a couple of times. However this shakes out, it's going to be a rollercoaster. (And given I'm going to be at seven nights out of twelve of these performances as it stands, I may be looking a little bleary myself at the end of it. At least I'll have more nights off in comparison!)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 February 2018 17:08 (one year ago) Permalink

It won't end!

Mail just sent out, edited:

As you all know already, there has been an unforeseen, incredibly unfortunate delay in the processing of Peter's visa application. Due to this delay, Tuesday February 6th's performance of "Love Hysteria" will unfortunately be rescheduled to Monday, February 26th. The doors for this show will open at 6pm, with the show starting at 7pm....

We appreciate that the nature of moving these shows in the manner that has occurred is extremely frustrating for everyone concerned. Please bear in mind that we are in a situation where the information we are having to work with is unbelievably difficult to obtain, and is largely without precedent. Everything we have done at The Chapel in relation to the news as we've been receiving it has been with the ticket holders in mind first and foremost, and are working hard on an announcement for later today that will address the remainder of the residency dates. Please bear with us for this announcement, we truly appreciate your patience.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:48 (one year ago) Permalink

The end of that sure signals that we're probably seeing a mass rescheduling of some sort, but guess we'll find out.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:53 (one year ago) Permalink

damn that would kind of suck, I was starting to get excited about these shows

akm, Monday, 5 February 2018 22:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Third time's the charm?

https://www.facebook.com/petermurphyinfo/posts/1537850969614130

To all good people having planned to attend the SF Residency:

The entire residency is now being moved to a June/July period, the details of wbich are being finalized as we speak.
Look out for the official detailed post that will be released shortly.
Love to all and everything,
Peter

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:31 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Did those concerts in SF ever work out?

Anyway Amazon had the new 5 Albums thing on sale so I snagged a copy, it's a very nicely designed book with his first five albums on CD, including some bonus tracks appended to each (about 20). Mastering is decent, louder of course but by no means brickwalled. Glad I bought because I only have Deep!

I've been listening to Love Hysteria and Holy Smoke, and I think they've aged really well. All Night Long is such a classic!

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Saturday, 29 September 2018 02:25 (five months ago) Permalink

"Love Hysteria" is such a wonderful, hypnotic album with a perfect flow and great percussion. By far my favorite thing he's done.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 29 September 2018 02:31 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah his visa finally came through and the shows are on for March.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 29 September 2018 04:49 (five months ago) Permalink

I stopped following Peter Murphy in 1992 solely because I was really put off by the artwork and title of Holy Smoke. I still am, but the thread revive inspired me to listen to it this morning -- much better than I expected! Looking forward to checking out the rest of what I've missed since then.

early rejecter, Friday, 5 October 2018 19:10 (five months ago) Permalink

I stopped following Peter Murphy in 1992 solely because I was really put off by the artwork and title of Holy Smoke. I still am

love this

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 October 2018 19:46 (five months ago) Permalink

it's hardly the worst of his artwork. it is however the last album of his I really loved.

akm, Friday, 5 October 2018 19:53 (five months ago) Permalink

Me too.

Rejecter, what was so off-putting about the artwork?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 5 October 2018 20:49 (five months ago) Permalink

it looks like a Shane MacGowan solo live album

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 5 October 2018 20:51 (five months ago) Permalink

hahaha you're right

akm, Friday, 5 October 2018 22:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Ha, yes, that's a perfect description!

It was the combination of the title, letterforms, and facial expression that just made it feel very joke-y to me. The tone suggested a level of humor that I wasn't looking for from Peter Murphy. Happy to finally hear that I was wrong about the album though.

early rejecter, Saturday, 6 October 2018 20:59 (five months ago) Permalink

wow, otm

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 October 2018 21:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Also, I discovered Eno a year after buying Holy Smoke and, holy smoke, he steals outright the sampled crickets from "The Great Pretender" for "Let Me Love You."

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 October 2018 21:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Hey, Bauhaus covered “Third Uncle,” they knew their Eno.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:06 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

uh

https://louderthanwar.com/peter-murphy-thrown-gig-sweden-former-bauhaus-singer-bizarre-incident/

“Fuck you, you fucking Swedish,” the Northampton-born singer is heard shouting.

“Don’t fucking touch me.”

sleeve, Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:02 (three months ago) Permalink

closer up footage here - https://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/a/Mge5aK/rockstjarna-utkastad-fran-nalen--efter-kaosscener?fbclid=IwAR1Lqblxb602colUYx5cDa-6Xga_tPd9IigC0o-_prmwbbWizj1PyXUZ8rw

he was on top form, funny and playful in glasgow last week. i did momentarily think it was too good to be true / to last.

stirmonster, Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Sad to see/read.

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Isn't it “Fuck you, you fucking Swedish cunt,”? WTF anyway has he got a troublesome reputation these days?

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ (Tom D.), Friday, 14 December 2018 00:16 (three months ago) Permalink

he did a hit and run and was caught with meth in his car by american police somewhere in california about 5 years ago if memory serves (i went to see him in concert a year or so after and while he seemed a little on edge and certainly not comfortable he didn't seem to be charging or strung out either)

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 14 December 2018 00:22 (three months ago) Permalink

lool!

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 14 December 2018 02:00 (three months ago) Permalink

is "wrecked by guards" from the lyrics to in the flat field or dark entries?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 14 December 2018 03:01 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

So.

He's been in the country, the American tour's been going great, fine.

The SF residency was supposed to start tonight after all the postponements.

I go to the venue (thankfully just six blocks away), get a beer, note the merch booth, all the instruments are set up on stage, great.

I wait. Opening band's still not on after almost an hour from their own stated start time, weird.

There's an announcement from the stage!

Peter is at an airport in LA, apparently stuck there, and so no show tonight because he'll be coming in very late. So we all can get refunds and the show might be rescheduled.

So in other words, the residency is now due to start on Friday, and I am now totally convinced he'll step out on stage and either immediately lose his voice or else suffer a strange accident.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 05:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Fuuuuck. who the fuck is Peter's tour manager? because whoever it is sucks. Certainly he should have flown in the day before; no doubt flights were delayed/fucked up due to the storm last night.

Not going until next Thursday (and then the following week) so I hope he's firmly ensconced in SF by then and not doing day trips back to LA for some fucking reason.

akm, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 13:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Statement from the Chapel:

Our deepest apologies for those who were affected by the rescheduled Peter Murphy show last night at The Chapel, especially considering all previous reschedules. Peter's flights from LA were delayed beyond the point where he could make the performance, but Peter did arrive in San Francisco in the early hours of the morning.

He is in SF now and the residency will continue with this Friday's Love Hysteria shows. We will be issuing full refunds to all ticketholders from this first show last night, and have rescheduled the "Should The World Fail to Fall Apart" performance to Wednesday, March 13th – this will be a free show for the ticketholders affected by the cancellation last night.

Again, our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused, and we'd like to thank the fans for their outpouring of understanding and sympathy throughout this entire process (including last night and this morning), your response to this and throughout has been truly amazing.

With Peter now finally on SF soil, we are very excited to begin the residency on Friday, and look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol what a shit show
i sold all my tix and just going to the regency show

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 22:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this has been pending so long I've lost all interest in it. still have tix for next week and the following but hardly feeling it at this point.

akm, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 22:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oddly enough I've still been up for this all this time, but I admit it helps when the venue's only a fifteen minute or so walk away.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 23:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you going to the Deep show on Thursday (next thursday)?

akm, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 23:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Right now I'm going to:

early Love Hysteria show on the 8th
Deep show on the 11th (also maybe one on the 9th or 10th)
Should the World makeup show on the 13th
Stripped on the 18th
Dust on the 19th
Bauhaus set on the 23rd
Bowie set on the 27th

Would also be going to the Cascade show on the 15th but there's a conflict that evening.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 23:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

LOL its funny to read me upthread being dubious PM was really doing a new Dalis Car album. Not only did it turn out he really did, but I have a copy signed by Steve Jansen, so shut my own mouth.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What time has PM been going on at the Chapel shows? Trying to sort out my thursday. I know it says show at 9; looks like there's an opener....10? 10:30?

akm, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Generally he's been going on stage on time -- last night they adjusted the schedule to doors 8, opener 8:30, PM 9:30 per a mailout and that's exactly how it shook out. I might call the Chapel on the day of just to see if there are any changes.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:36 (one week ago) Permalink

ticketfly was offering free tickets for tonights Should the World Fail show (must be undersold); didn't take them as I can't do two nights out in a row anymore.

akm, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Not undersold entirely -- everyone who had tickets last week got refunded and then got free tickets; that was the show that he missed because of the plane. The extra free tickets packed the place out...and it was an incredible show! Really brought the album to life vividly, he sounded great, band was on fire, etc. That and a two song Holy Smoke. Friend said it was the best show of the run and I'd have to agree it's up there.

Also, among my round of photos, took this one which turned out really well:

https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/53800042_10156871348761136_3855590191704047616_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-2.xx&oh=abf0280bd359465dc254d339b99e44de&oe=5D1FF19C

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 March 2019 16:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Would suggest people consider next Monday's show -- that's going to be a Stripped night, based on the tour from a couple of years ago with a more acoustic/quieter take on things, but it's apparently going to be combined with a set of full-band choices from across all the albums, so it might be the best one-stop-shopping night of the tour specifically focused on his own work.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 March 2019 16:20 (one week ago) Permalink

last night was great! great trio band. kind of wish they'd had a fourth person so they could have relied less on some backing tracks (the biggest thing being the violin in cuts you up; you'e got a bassist who is also a great violinist who did an amazing bit on Strange Kind of Love, but he couldn't play that on Cuts because he was busy playing bass) but otherwise I had zero issues. Murphy's voice top notch. His #meetoo joke didn't go over very well though but whenever he started talking too much the band just kicked off a song to shut him up.

akm, Friday, 15 March 2019 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Hahah that sounds about right. Had to miss Thursday/Friday shows due to my surgery but last night I started up again -- this turned out to be an amusing slumgullion of a set, less a greatest hits set and more of a 'we have a general setlist but let's see what happens' night. Definitely in raconteur mode at times and they ended up dropping a few songs, but I got "Subway Song" -- which since I had to miss Cascade was welcome, though I did wish they had snuck in "Gliding Like a Whale" and "Wild Birds" as well -- and, very happily, "The Prince and Old Lady Shade," which is my standout from Ninth, and since I'm not seeing that set, that worked. In terms of stories there was definitely some waspishness at points -- he was especially dismissive of an unnamed singer/group who charged hundreds of dollars for tickets but ended up miming everything -- but then he had a great one about Chris Martin and Coldplay when they and Bauhaus did Coachella and Bauhaus by all accounts absolutely owned that evening. Murphy had plenty of praise for Martin, said he was a great guy and that his band did NOT mime, but also mentioned that apparently Martin was surprised to discover that Bauhaus were not, in fact, German.

Anyway, the band right now, however relatively jury-rigged -- Thwaite just came back on board three weeks ago, the bassist/violinist returned just for this set of shows since Murphy's otherwise been working with David J -- has ended up working well together, and whenever Peter leaves first at the end of the set/encore, their instrumental song closeouts show that they really do click together.

Really looking forward to the Dust show tonight -- that album's still very special for me, and I'll be extremely interested to see how this band translates it, though with the violinist on stage that'll take care of part of it right there. I heard from a close friend that Peter's been in such a generally more relaxed and good mood these past few shows because his kids are in town visiting him, and he hadn't seen them for some months due to the tour, so I think just being in one place for a while in combination with that makes things more of a treat for him. Tonight's also the last night he'll be doing straight up solo stuff, since it's just the Bauhaus and Bowie nights that are left, and I suspect this whole run of concentrating on his own work for the past two weeks (cue piano part) probably has been very satisfying in that regard.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 16:51 (six days ago) Permalink

in case anyone is going on Saturday and would prefer to go tonight, I have 2 tickets I would love to swap.

akm, Friday, 22 March 2019 13:56 (three days ago) Permalink

well, went last night. His voice is really getting ragged but he deserves commendation for pushing through these; he's sounding pretty great while singing but speaking his voice is really giving out. I hope he makes it through the next week! I could have done with a longer set but the amazing moments last night: the guy who I guess opened the night before (I heard he was a tuvan throat singer) coming out in full regalia to play guitar on All We Ever Wanted Was Everything; David J's thundering and amazing bass; and Peter's obvious affection for David and these shows and the crowd, really made this something special. Sure I wish Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins were there too but in some ways this was more enjoyable than the full Bauhaus show I saw in 2005 or 2006.

akm, Saturday, 23 March 2019 15:20 (two days ago) Permalink

Noted! Will be seeing them do that set tonight — yeah hope his voice lasts through next week, I really want that Dust show.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 23 March 2019 15:27 (two days ago) Permalink

oh wow, did Soriah open for him?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 23 March 2019 15:27 (two days ago) Permalink

Yup, opened at a couple of shows. If I had stuck around Tuesday night I would have seen the opening set but since he had to postpone the Dust set, striking as it sounded I just needed to go home and rest (given that I was, you know, just four days out from surgery and all).

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 23 March 2019 17:07 (two days ago) Permalink


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