Bauhaus, according to frontman Peter Murphy, is "over. It will never be the four of us again." But that doesn't mean the group's 35th anniversary is going un-celebrated.
For his Mr. Moonlight Tour, Murphy and his band are playing an entire set of Bauhaus material, even though he's seldom dipped into the pioneering goth rock group's repertoire for his own shoes. "It's a very simple idea, really," says Murphy, 55, who's released nine solo albums since Bauhaus's first demise in 1983. I've usually kept Bauhaus very much exclusive to itself and in its own box. I wanted to keep it special, really.
"But we tried twice (to reunite), in 1998 and 2005, and neither one really lasted. So, reluctantly, the flag is in my hands, really. I knew my band could handle it, so I put on one show in December to see what happens, and it went so well it's expanded into a world tour, and it's selling out. So that's really good news."
Also good news for Murphy fans is that he has a new album, "Lions," he plans to release later this year. He reunited with producer Youth for the set, which they wound up recording in less than five days -- much to Murphy's surprise.
"It was like dropping off the edge of a cliff with no turning back, and it was really exciting," recalls Murphy, who plans to get together with Youth again before declaring the album finished. "I've put together a mix of some of the stuff we've already got, five of the songs, that I play before the show to kind of preview what we've got coming up.
"It's kind of sending a message like, 'OK, this Bauhaus tour is great, and we can all have a great time with this stuff. But just you wait for what's coming next!' It's very exciting, a very fertile time, very creative."
Peter Murphy performs Monday, May 13, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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