Peter Murphy

Friday, May 30

Because even vampires apparently still need to make a living, Peter Murphy—Bauhaus front man, longtime solo artist, and, of course, the Dark Underlord of Goth—is kicking off his “Retrospective Tour” tonight in Seattle. It’s been 30 years since Bauhaus grabbed the androgynous glam-rock of Bowie and the severe post-punk of Joy Division, dragged them both to the graveyard for a feeding, and then emerged with their atmospheric, theatrical gloom-rock, with Murphy’s rich, sonorous voice and mercurial presence leading the way. Much of the band’s catalog remains fresh and vital, and this year’s farewell album, Go Away White, is surprisingly good; Murphy’s solo work over the past 20-plus years has been spotty, but 1990’s Deep (which includes his massive hit “Cuts You Up”) is still a fine listen. As the title of the tour suggests, material from ol’ Pete’s entire career—possibly including his short-lived early-’80s band, Dali’s Car—is fair game. Bela Lugosi’s not dead yet!

Fri., May 30, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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