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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

Bowie Jagger

The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

Bowie Devo

Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

Yoko Ono John Lennon David Bowie

Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...

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As mentioned, Peter Murphy has a new album, Lion, and is currently on tour with openers Ringo Deathstarr. Ahead of his June 9 Irving Plaza show (tickets), the goth icon will play an in-store at Rough Trade on Sunday afternoon (6/8). Entry to the RT show is free with purchase of his new album anytime that day before the show. The store opens at 11 AM, doors for the show are at 1:30 PM with Murphy on at 2 PM.

If you want to catch Ringo Deathstarr in a smaller room too, they play Baby's All Right on Tuesday (6/10) with Heaven, Harsh Vibes and Residual Kid.

In other Rough Trade in-store news, you can now buy The Orwells' new album which gets you into their RT in-store on Monday (6/9). The first 50 people who buy a record and guarantee themselves a place at the Rough Trade show, will also get a bracelet that gets them into a TBA afterparty.

Ringo Deathstarr in Austin, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ringo Deathstarr

Peter Murphy releases his new album, Lion, this week via Nettwerk. The album was produced by Youth of Killing Joke and, as the title might imply, its a little wilder than we've heard the former Bauhaus singer be in a while. Lion definitely roars. You can stream the whole record below. Murphy's Lion tour is currently underway and will hit NYC on June 9 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available.

Opening at Irving Plaza and many dates on the tour are Austin shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr whose album God's Dream came out earlier this year. The night after Irving Plaza, the band will play a headlining show at Baby's All Right (June 10) with Heaven, Harsh Vibes and Residual Kid. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Ringo Deathstarr tour dates are listed, along with the Peter Murphy LP stream, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Peter Murphy's 'Lion' cover art

Peter Murphy will release his 10th album, Lion, this summer. Produced by Killing Joke bassist Youth, the album doesn't have a North American release date yet but will be out in the UK on June 2. You can stream song samples over at Amazon.co.uk. Opening cut "Hang Up" will be released -- in dub form -- as a Record Store Day 7" with non-LP song "I'm on Your Side" on the flip.

While a full tour hasn't been announced yet, tour dates have started to pop up, including NYC at Irving Plaza on June 9. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all known dates are listed below.

David J & The Gentlemen

In related news, Murphy's old Bauhaus bandmate David J has added a second NYC show on his tour. In addition the full-band show Pianos on April 19, he'll do an acoustic show at Grand Victory on April 17 with Azar Swan opening. Tickets for the Grand Victory and Pianos shows are on sale now. In addition to songs from his new solo album (and previous ones), he's also been peppering his sets with Love & Rockets songs such as "No New Tale to Tell" and "The Dog-End of a Day Gone By" as well.

Azar Swan, meanwhile, recently released a cover of Marianne Faithful's "Broken English" and you can stream that below.

And finally, Daniel Ash of Bauhaus/L&R/Tones on Tails (and one of post-punk's more underrated guitarists) currently has a Plegemusic campaign to fund an album titled Stripped, that will featuring acoustic versions of some of Ash's best-known songs from his previous bands.

All Peter Murphy and David J dates are listed, along the the 'Lion' tracklist and Azar Swan stream, below...

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by Harriet Roberts

Peter Murphy @ Webster Hall, 5/7/2013
Peter Murphy

Last night (5/7), Peter Murphy returned to New York, playing a nearly two-hour set of his Bauhaus material to a sold out Webster Hall. It was part of his Mr Moonlight tour, Celebrating 35 Years of Bauhaus, which takes him throughout the US, Mexico, Canada and Europe. (He was in Austin a couple weeks ago.) However as girls sat on each other's shoulders taking photos of each other with Bauhaus signs, Murphy was quick to remind everyone that "We're not Bauhaus, we're us!" Otherwise his set was notably free of the usual between-song banter, which I wondered about until he dedicated an emotional "Who Killed Mr Moonlight" to his mother-in-law saying she'd passed away eight hours earlier.

The two support bands were Loudboy from NYC, apparently a nickname given to frontman John Andrews by Helmet's Page Hamilton, followed by Ours, a six piece who have supported Peter Murphy in the past and describe themselves as "an American based musical group led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Gnecco." Ours are also in the midst of an extensive headlining tour throughout the US.

More pictures from Webster Hall are below.

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Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy, of Bauhaus/solo artist fame, was arrested this weekend after allegedly hitting another car in his Subaru (brutal) and attempting to flee the scene. He was cornered by an eyewitness until the police arrived:

The eyewitness followed Murphy, 55, from the crash at Central and Goode avenues in Glendale to the 3400 block of Barham Boulevard in Los Angeles because "he was afraid [Murphy] would kill someone with his driving," according to Glendale police.

Murphy, who was in a Subaru Forester, reportedly struck a Mercedes about 11:48 a.m. at the intersection, then drove around it and entered the 134 Freeway, police said. As he fled the scene, a witness who was washing windows snapped a photograph of Murphy's vehicle, which had sustained moderate front-end damage...

Glendale officers said Murphy appeared to be at points "very confused" and had difficulty recalling the day and time.

Murphy denied drinking alcohol that day, adding that he had only taken his regular prescription pills for depression, according to police... Inside the L.A. police patrol car where Murphy had been detained, officers reported finding a small plastic bag, possibly of methamphetamine, police said. Murphy denied that the bag belonged to him, but officers said they believed he was trying to discard it in the patrol car. -[LA Times]

No word as to whether or not the arrest will change anything with his upcoming all-Bauhaus tour scheduled for this spring.

Peter Murphy @ The Well, Sept. 2012 (more by Harriet Roberts)

Peter Murphy will be celebrating Bauhaus' 35th Anniversary with a tour this year where he'll perform a set solely comprised of his old band's material. Too bad he couldn't coax his bandmates Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins (aka Love & Rockets) to reunite as they did for Bauhaus' 20th anniversary in 1998 (anyone go to either/both of the Hammerstein Ballroom shows?). For some, though, Murphy digging deep into Bauhaus's catalog will be good enough. The tour will hit NYC on May 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/6) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday at noon.

All tour dates are listed, plus their entire 1998 "Gotham" concert video, below...

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Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Lou Reed will be on tour in Europe this month doing photo exhibits and book readings/signings, and upon returning to the US he'll play a NJ show at Englewood's Bergen Performing Arts Center on December 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Right after that show, he'll head to Miami for UR1 Festival, which goes down in Bayfront Park on December 8 and 9. In addition to Lou Reed, performers include Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Dead Can Dance, Animal Collective, Peter Murphy, Flying Lotus, Slash, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing, and many more listed below, plus more TBA. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

The UR1 Festival is timed to happen simultaneously with Art Basel, which happens from December 6 - 9 in Miami Beach with "more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries."

A list of all Lou Reed dates and the UR1 Festival lineup below.

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photos by Harriet Roberts

Peter Murphy at The Well, 8/26/2012
Peter Murphy

Goth icon Peter Murphy played Bushwick outdoor venue The Well a couple weeks ago (8/26) and we've got a belated set of pics for you to check out. His set mixed cuts from 2011's Ninth with many of his late '80s alt-rock hits ("Cuts You Up," "All Night Long") as well as a few Bauhaus songs and Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" which Bauhaus covered as a single in 1982.

Setlist from The Well, along with more photos from the show are below...

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Peter Murphy at Highline Ballroom, 4/2/2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Star Wars

Peter Murphy, who recently announced a 2nd-annual "Miracula Halloween Special Event" that will take place "Halloween 2012 at a secret location in Los Angeles", just finished up a set of West Coast dates that included an LA show at the Roxy on 8/16. Check out the setlist from that gig below.

The former Bauhaus singer is heading towards Brooklyn where he'll play new Bushwick venue The Well on Sunday, August 26 with openers Crystal Stilts, Small Black and Air Waves. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we have two pairs of tickets to give away. Details are below.

No other new shows at The Well have been announced, with the rescheduled Slaughterhouse show on September 8 (tix) and Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall on September 22 (tix) being the only other two shows remaining.

The flyer for the Peter Murphy show, his recent LA show setlist, and contest details are below...

Continue reading "Peter Murphy played CA (setlist), making his way to Brooklyn to play w/ Crystal Stilts (win tix!)"

Peter Murphy at Highline Ballroom, 4/2/2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Peter Murphy

Former Bauhaus frontman and gothfather Peter Murphy has just announced an August tour that wraps up in NYC for a show at new (and yet-to-open) Bushwick venue The Well on August 26 with openers Crystal Stilts and Small Black. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the latest addition to The Well's growing schedule, which includes Cam'ron on July 14 Os Mutantes on July 28, and Thee Oh Sees/Ty Segall on September 22.

Peter Murphy's most recent solo album, Ninth, was released last year and you can check out the video for "Seesaw Sway" below, along with a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Peter Murphy touring in August, playing The Well (dates)"

words & photos by Harriet Roberts

Peter Murphy @ Irving Plaza
Peter Murphy

I came to Murphy's concert at Irving Plaza this week with, I think, the right amount the reverence. Murphy's baritone is iconic. He's got half a dozen great singles, including "Cuts You Up," "You're So Close" and "Final Solution," spread among the eight or nine records in his post-Bauhaus career.

If you overlook the indulgent and pretentious Turkish-flavored records Murphy has put out, there are enough great songs to sustain a couple hours of entertainment.

The voice is still there and Murphy is trim and expressive in his mid-50s, acting out the songs with his hands and fingers like he's in a silent movie. But the impression he left me with, a balding old man playing old songs to aging acolytes, was that the whole thing was kind of farcical... The music we grew up with is gone. It's part of who we are now, but it can't be recaptured or recreated. A simulacrum of something that was once awesome and genuine and that hit hard is just that, a simulacrum. The songs may sound the same, they may evoke feelings or memories that, for a few bars, evoke a place and a time..., but they're not the real thing. Each return to a Peter Murphy song, or a Depeche Mode song, actually separates us a little big further from the original.
-[Upper Middle Brow]

Peter Murphy played to a mostly packed Irving Plaza on 11/21, supported by She Wants Revenge from San Fernando Valley, California and Hussle Club from New York. The show was part of Murphy's huge, ongoing tour with She Wants Revenge through Europe and North America to support his latest release Ninth.

For many Murphy is best known for his work as part of the influential group Bauhaus, who arrived late 1978 influenced by the punk rock movement and went on to unintentionally spawn a genre (Goth). They survived for four hot years before disbanding, at which point Murphy went on to start a successful solo career and to collaborate with artists such as Japan's Mick Karn in the group Dalis Car. In 1998 the members of Bauhaus reunited and the band returned for the full-scale 'Resurrection' world tour, before disappearing forever. Murphy returned to his solo career, writing and touring ever since.

Murphy can occasionally be seen on the big screen as well. Though he does not appear in the currently-very-popular Breaking Dawn, he did have a part in 2010's Twilight Eclipse.

More pictures from Irving Plaza and all remaining tour dates are below.

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Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy's newest and appropriately titled solo effort Ninth (his ninth solo LP) is out now via Nettwerk Music Group. The LP, featuring the recently revealed videos for "Seesaw Sway" and "I Spit Roses" (both viewable below), is a primer for the goth great/ex-Bauhaus's US/EU tour, which kicks off in October and concludes in middle December. The US leg of said tour features She Wants Revenge and hits NYC at Irving Plaza on November 21st. Tickets are on sale. All dates are below.l

In related news, MGMT recently recorded a cover of Bauhaus's "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything". Check that out, alongside the Peter Murphy videos and all tour dates below...

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Bill Callahan @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Bill Callahan

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* comedy @ Ace Hotel
* 40twenty @ Barbes
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Swingadelic @ Maxwell's
* Yes, Styx @ Jones Beach
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Aaron Neville @ City Winery
* Maze w/ Frankie Beverly @ Wingate Field
* Tombs, Primitive Weapons @ Saint Vitus
* Nels Cline with The Les Paul Trio @ The Iridium
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ LIttlefield
* Bill Callahan, Ed Askew @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Washed Out, Grimes, Blood Orange @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dear Lions, Elliott & The Ghost, Josh Flagg @ The Rock Shop
* Jojo Mayer's Nerve, Matt Lowell, Jeremy Benson @ Mercury Lounge
* Derek Piotr, Ggghst, Jared Saltiel, Hannis Brown, NAR @ The Delancey
* Luff, Amour Abscur, Infinity Hotel, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Union Hall
* Ice Cream, Animal Tropical, Jason Anthony Harris, Jon Mizrachi @ Cake Shop
* Two Tears, Des Roar, The Outta Controllers, The Peacekillers @ Knitting Factory
* Lucky Dragons, W-H-I-T-E, Sweatshirt, Alex Barnett, Brett Naucke @ Death By Audio
* MC extraordinaire(s), J-Live, Camp Lo, The Artifacts, Clear Soul Forces, Chris Faust, LA (The 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival) @ Brooklyn Bowl

Tonight's Tombs show is FREE.

Twin Shadow are playing a private event on the roof of Soho House tonight.

Bill Callahan and Ed Askew play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and Bowery Ballroom tomorrow. Both shows are sold out.

Washed Out plays Bowery Ballroom tonight with Grimes and Blood Orange. Also sold out.

Today is Free Slurpee Day at 7/11. Today's date is also 7/11.

The show at Union Hall tonight is a benefit:

"On Memorial Day weekend, our friend Ryan Mitchell-Morrison was brutally attacked and left without the sight in his right eye, among other injuries. After a month of hospital time and doctors visits and months of recovery to come, he is left with many overwhelming expenses. We need your help!
Thanks to the generosity of Brooklyn bands, artists, businesses, and friends, we are able to throw this amazing benefit!"

Shabazz Palaces performed live in KEXP's studio. Watch the full performance below..

Beyonce has a video for "Best Thing I Never Had." Check it out below.

Peter Murphy performed at Amoeba Records. Video from that below...

What else?

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Peter Murphy

It looks like Peter Murphy will be in New York for at least one more day this week, after his previously mentioned in-store at J&R Music World tomorrow (6/7). He plays a special midnite show at The Delancey on Wednesday (6/8). Tickets are on sale now.

Peter Murphy will release Ninth tomorrow. Stream the album on Amazon while you wait.

Last time Peter was here he played a much larger venue, Highline Ballroom on April 2nd. Pictures from that show, the setlist, and updated tour dates below...

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Peter Murphy

Former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy is going on a short US tour in support of his upcoming ninth album which is aptly titled Ninth. The tour includes a few in-store performances and signings, and begins the day his album comes out, June 7 at J&R Music World in Manhattan at 6pm. The first 150 people to purchase the album at J&R will receive a free poster. All dates, more details and the album's single "I Spit Roses" below...

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Peter Murphy at Highline Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
Peter Murphy

Goth pioneer, Bauhaus frontman, and star of Twilight: Eclipse (that's right) Peter Murphy has dates popping up for what appears to be a US tour. He'll head to the West Coast in early March before scooting east to again play NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 2nd. Tickets are on sale.

So far no details on that coming Dali's Car LP or if it will ever surface in the wake of Mick Karn's passing. And while there is also no word on new Peter Murphy material, production has begun on the new Twilight sequel Breaking Dawn, though no word on if Murphy has joined the cast.

Currently known tour dates and some videos below....

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Mick Karn

Mick Karn (born Andonis Michaelides, 24 July 1958 - 4 January 2011) was an English multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter, who came to fame as the bassist for the art rock band Japan, from 1974 to 1982.

The band Japan, whose other members included David Sylvian, keyboardist Richard Barbieri and Sylvian's brother Steve Jansen as drummer, began as a group of friends, who all studied at the same school... They christened themselves Japan in 1974, signed a recording contract with German disco label Hansa, and became an alternative glam rock outfit in the mould of David Bowie, T.Rex, and The New York Dolls.

As the band started to achieve commercial success with the release of their Tin Drum album, and "Ghosts", which reached the top 5 in 1982, tensions and personality conflicts between band members rose, Tin Drum was to be the band's final studio album.

After Japan broke up, he recorded a solo album before forming Dalis Car with Peter Murphy of the gothic post-punk group Bauhaus, who recorded one album in 1984. In the 1990s he worked with artist David Torn and a number of Japanese musicians, and formed the multinational New Wave band, NiNa. Since then he has worked as a solo artist and as a sculptor, photographer.

Karn has also played on recordings by other artists, contributing bass guitar and saxophone to Gary Numan's Dance album, and playing with Kate Bush and Joan Armatrading.

Karn recently announced on his website that he had been "diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer" and had set up a Paypal link for help from his fans. Karn "passed away peacefully at 4.30pm, 4th January 2011 at home in Chelsea, London. He was surrounded by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all."

As Peter Murphy announced on his Facebook page in August and later confirmed by Mick Karn, Dalis Car had reunited and new material was being written for a forthcoming LP. No word on the status of that LP, but Peter Murphy did confirm that they worked together on new material and offered his condolences on his Facebook page:

It's with great sadness and affection and that I hear the news of Mick Karn's passing today. My Love goes out to Kyoko his wife, his son Metis and Mick's unfailing assistant and close friend Debi Zornes who I had the pleasure to meet during the brief spell that Mick and I got to work together this past autumn. Mick's wry sense of humo...ur, keen creativity and graciousness were there even in the times of most physical distress. May he rest in the lap of Compassion.

Till we meet again.

Mick Karn, R.I.P.

NIN played their first of two shows at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom last night (8/28). Peter Murphy was their no-longer-surprise guest. Mew opened and they do it again tonight (8/29). Last night's setlist below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Peter Murphy

There was one absolutely insane (not in the fun way, but in the clinical way) woman who was clearly drunk and stumbled up behind us and kept calling up to the stage demanding attention.

Crazy-Lady: Peter! It's Leslie [turning back towards us] I know him, he remembers me.

Crazy-Lady: Peter! You have to help me, Peter! They're going to kill me!

I am not making this shit up!
She started making weird shapes with her hands like she was casting spells, and kept holding out her hand to Peter and the guitarist, cupped as if she was demanding an offering from them.

When Peter shook hands with everyone standing near the stage, Crazy Leslie tried to get his attention again:
Crazy-Lady: Peter, it's Leslie! You remember me, Peter!
Peter Murphy: I'm sorry, I'm sure I don't remember you. [Nymphean]

Since there was no Nine Inch Nails show last night (they start back up again in Chicago tonight) and I didn't want to go a day without a Peter Murphy post, I was glad to remember that we had this unused set of pictures in the reserve from one of Peter's July shows at Highline Ballroom in NYC (they may or may not be from the show Leslie was at) (actually, Leslie was probably at both). More pictures below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Nine Inch Nails

"And so ... my NYC NINventure has come to a close. Last night, Nine Inch Nails played their second show at Terminal 5, which was their last in NYC for the foreseeable future. It's hard to believe that all 4 NYC shows are over already but the band are already on their way to Chicago, IL for the 2 shows there before they make their way to Canada for their final festival performance there. Last night's Terminal 5 show clocked in at about 2 hours and 45 minutes and provided a raucously fun send off for the NYC fans.

Peter Murphy was, once again, a special guest performer for last night's show but he managed to out do his surprise appearance at Tuesday night's show." [Pink is the New Blog]

Last night's setlist HERE. More pictures and video below....

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Peter Murphy makes a grand appearance @ Terminal 5 - 8/26/09 (by trentvanegas)
Peter Murphy

"Whether rising from coffins on-stage, driving a hearse called the "Bauhearse," or appearing in concert as vampires, Bauhaus was one of the establishing acts of the goth movement. Their use of spacey recording effects and theatrical aesthetics was evocative of both early horror films and glam rock; they became an influential group in the early days of gothic rock.

In 1982, Bauhaus appeared during the opening sequences of the horror movie The Hunger, performing one of their most popular songs, "Bela Lugosi's Dead". The camera focused almost exclusively on Murphy during most of the scene, panning only briefly to the stars David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve." [Wikipedia]

Nine Inch Nails have completed their four-night run in NYC. Tonight (8/26) was the 2nd show at Terminal 5 and it ended with another guest appearance by Peter Murphy who descended from the ceiling on a chain... upside down like a bat (see above and below).

Peter helped Trent and band perform "Reptile", "Strange Kind Of Love", Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead", and Pere Ubu' "Final Solution". Full setlist and video below...

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Trent Reznor & Peter Murphy @ Terminal 5 in NYC - 8/25/09 (via nin.com)
Nine Inch Nails

As Kanye West and Amber Rose watched from the balcony (sorry for the gossip) at Terminal 5 last night (8/25), Nine Inch Nails played 29 songs at their 3rd of 4 NYC shows this week. The major highlight of the evening (for me at least) was that Peter Murphy of Bauhaus joined them for 3 of those songs, one of which was a Bauhaus cover ("Kick in the Eye). It wasn't the first time it's happened, but it was very sweet.

Earlier in the set, NIN played "I'm Afraid of Americans", before which Trent said something about getting to work with an idol on a song a few years ago, but unfortunately, despite that tease, David Bowie was nowhere to be found in the building. Now that I think of it, they totally should have had Peter sing Bowie's part on that one.

Trent introduced Peter Murphy by saying that back in 1990, when they were young and just coming up, someone helped them out and took them on the road. Then came Peter to the stage to help them perform "Reptile" which was followed by "Kick in the Eye". Peter returned in the encore to help NIN do their cover of Joy Division's "Dead Souls". His stage presence is awesome.

I thought the whole show was great, but it was the final ten songs that really made it feel like there was energy in the large, cavernous room. Basically: Peter--> Peter--> Hands That Feeds--->Head Like a Hole---> all encore songs w/ 1 Peter again---> final-emotional-Hurt. What did you think?

Night one (Bowery Ballroom) got "smallest venue ever". Night two (Webster Hall) got The Downard Spiral from start to finish. Night three got Peter Murphy. Night four happens tonight (Wednesday, August 26th), again at Terminal 5. All 10 "Wave Goodbye" dates (Trent at one point said something like "I'll miss you guys") (which bothers me a little because I don't actually believe this is the end) HERE. Stay tuned for more. Full setlist below.

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Secret Cover

"Secret Cover Tour '09: To coincide with the staggered release of 4 single covers, the Secret Cover Tour will include a preview of new material from Peter's forthcoming album (to be announced in the near future). More touring is planned to follow U.S. & Europe." - [Peter Murphy]

"He only played a few songs from his solo back catalog, so if you are expecting another greatest hits tour, this isn't it. But I have heard those songs before many times so for me it is much more exciting to hear new songs. Especially when they sound this good!" - [strangelets in San Francisco]

"Tonights show was great! all except the venur security who did not want us to tak esetlists home as mementos. Sorry if you guys planned to reuse them. We always print nw ones out. Never in my life have I had my arm pulled behind my back to the point of snapping and ushered out without putting up a fight and then thrown out. All I wanted was a memento to remember the show by." - [Steve Lane in Portland]

The two NYC Peter Murphy shows are tonight (7/6) and tomorrow (7/7). Tickets are still available for both. Modwheelmood is the opener. Updated tour dates below...

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Peter Murphy @ Gramercy Theatre June 26, 2008 (more by Lori Baily)
Peter Murphy

Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy made a rare appearance at Austin's South By Southwest festival today (March 19, 2009), coming all the way from his adopted home in Turkey to perform for a packed house at Elysium.

Backed by a four-piece band, the goth legend performed several songs from his extensive solo catalogue and pranced around the stage dramatically throughout the 45-minute set.

In between songs, Murphy bantered with the crowd and delivered a message to any musicians in the room. "This is about music, not radio friendliness," he said. "The artist has more power than anybody. The artists must know that they are the centre of it."

At one point, Murphy even handed his microphone to audience members who proceeded to ask him questions. When a woman asked how it felt to reunite with Bauhaus recently, Murphy said, "Bauhaus are very nice chaps but they are exhausting!"

Later in the evening, a man in the crowd shouted, "We fucking love you, Peter!"

"I'm sure you just want to enter my body," quipped Murphy in response, "which is not love." [NME]

Murphy is coming back to the US for solo shows this summer. That tour includes a two-show NYC run at the Highline Ballroom in July. Tickets for the Monday, July 6th and Tuesday, July 7th shows are on sale.

If Murphy's gigs this summer are anything like his SXSW set, the music will be mainly focused on material from his upcoming album. Speculation about that album...

[Peter Murphy's forthcoming] album may feature production from Trent Reznor of NIN and feature Peter's version of the track "Warm Leatherette," which they have been performing live together... [Wikipedia]
Murphy sang with Reznor on the NIN song "Reptile" in Atlantic City last year. The pair are no strangers to collaboration. In 2006, while on the road together with their respective bands, Reznor and Murphy recorded live, in-studio versions of a number of tracks, including "Warm Leatherette" and "Reptile." Videos of those, videos from Peter Murphy's SXSW set, the Chase Bank commercial featuring Myrphy's voice and all known tour dates, below...

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