Over The Weekend: Peter Murphy at the Granada Theater

Peter Murphy
Granada Theater
Friday, March 18, 2011

Better than: Staying in and watching The Hunger.

Blue lights blinded the packed crowd at Granada Theater on Friday night as the King of Goth took his stance at front and center stage.

The one-time Bauhaus frontman may be 53 years old these days, but Peter Murphy's style and execution were flawless.

Clearly, he knew what he was doing. Dressed in a pair of black skinny jeans, and wearing a blazer over a black t-shirt, he strutted about the stage. Later, he switch out his blazer for a black hoodie that he used for dramatic effect, ominously covering his head on several occasions throughout the night.

Overall, Murphy simply enchanted the room, starting right away with opening song "Lowroom," as he crooned into the mic, mic stand slung over his shoulder, with his left hand held closely to his lips. Following a thunderous roar from the crowd, Murphy seamlessly transitioned into "Velocity Bird" where he stalked about on stage, arms extended, like a bird, or maybe even a bat.

Murphy's four-piece backing band tightly carried him from song to song, as he dabbled in material from 1979 onward, even covering Nine Inch Nail's "Hurt" and playing a track from his upcoming album, Ninth, which is set to drop this June.

The underground icon even made sure to take a few minutes between songs to chat with the crowd: "Are you understanding my English accent?" he playfully asked, before making a statement about loving southern women.

Murphy ended his set with a two-part encore: The first was comprised of "A Strange Kind of Love," "Bela Lugosi's Dead," "She's In Parties," and "Cuts You Up"; later, he returned for an explosive rendition, of the aptly named Iggy Pop & The Stooges' hit, "Raw Power."

Local act, Menkena opened the night, followed by London's touring openers Livan, whose frontman similarly slithered across the stage, clad in a blacker leather kilt and boots, and wearing suspenders over his shirtless, gym-conscious-body. The rest of the band was, greasy, sweaty, dark makeup-ed, and their sound was dark and clearly inspired by Bauhaus.

Critic's Notebook
Personal Bias:
I'm a huge, Bauhaus fan.

By The Way: Other than Nitzer Ebb, I have never been to a show at the Granada where so many people are wearing black.

Random Note: I snagged a pic of Murphy's set list, and, while he didn't play every song on it, it's a good depiction of the night's set (see below).

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