Peter Murphy has had a love/hate relationship with New Orleans for as long as I can remember. So, when it was announced that he and David J (the Bauhaus bassist) were going to come through New Orleans and do a Bauhaus show, one couldn’t help but be a little skeptical. The last few times he was here, he had sound issues and wasn’t too happy about it. This time around, he was playing a venue he hadn’t played before and was in a healthier frame of mind.
The show got off to a 30-minute late start, which caused a lot of angst among fans. That, along with the change of time for the VIP meet-and-greet after the show, was a bit worrisome. But much to my surprise and that of those around me, Murphy took to the stage, stronger than ever, and put on a flood of excellence.
The set was broken up into two main parts with two encores. The first set was In the Flat Field, played front to back in its entirety, followed by a best-of Bauhaus hits collection. The hits got the greatest reactions from the crowd. Some highlights included “She’s in Parties,” ”Kick in the Eye,” and the Bauhaus anthem “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” The encores included two amazing covers of “Severance” by Dead Can Dance and the crowd favorite show-ender, David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.”
While this half-Bauhaus evening could have easily been derailed, as past experiences have shown, we were all treated to an evening of pure bliss. If you get a chance to see Peter Murphy in any facet, do yourself a favor and go. You can see more pictures HERE.