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...

Chase's "Blue Sky" Ad, John Lennon Cover With Vocals by Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy @ SXSW, Elysium, 2009-03-19 pt. 1

Peter Murphy @ SXSW, Elysium, 2009-03-19 pt. 2

Trent Reznor, Jeordie White, Peter Murphy -Warm Leatherette

Trent Reznor, Jeordie White, Peter Murphy - Reptile

Peter Murphy - 2009 Tour Dates
06/03/09 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
06/04/09 Bimbos 365 Club San Francisco, CA
06/06/09 Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, NV
06/08/09 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
06/10/09 House of Blues Hollywood, CA
06/11/09 The Canyon, Agoura Hills, CA
06/13/09 Canes San Diego, CA
06/18/09 Emos Austin, TX
06/19/09 Lakewood Theater, Dallas, TX
06/23/09 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
06/25/09 Jannus Landing Courtyard St Petersburg, FL
07/06/09 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
07/07/09 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
07/09/09 Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA

more dates TBA

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