Bauhaus Cancels Remaining North American Tour Dates as Peter Murphy Enters Rehab

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On Wednesday, it was announced that English post-punk band Bauhaus has cancelled the remaining dates on its North American tour.

The statement from the band reads as follows:

It is with the utmost regret that the Bauhaus performances in North America have been canceled for the remainder of the year.

Following a string of critically-hailed reunion shows across continents, Peter Murphy will be entering a rehabilitation facility to attend to his health and well-being.

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On the schedule were a pair of New York City gigs at the Kings Theatre on Sept. 8-9.

Back in March, Bauhaus re-emerged with “Drink the New Wine,” the ensemble’s first bit of new music in 14 years:

This burst of activity also involved a handful of North American tour dates, including a spot at May’s Cruel World Festival in Pasadena, Calif.

Rock Cellar contributor George A. Paul was on hand at Cruel World, and had this to say of Bauhaus’ performance:

Bauhaus is still masterful at creating the right atmosphere. The pioneering goth rock group was completely riveting — right from the moment Murphy’s face was shown in tight black and white focus on the big screens amid opener “Double Dare.” The British quartet’s stinging musical churn made it even more menacing. 

Keeping the intensity level high, Daniel Ash effortlessly peeled off shards of guitar and Kevin Haskins relentlessly pounded militant beats during “In the Flat Field,” Murphy’s frequent messiah poses providing the perfect dramatic effect. After more gritty wailing on “God in an Alcove,” the singer slowly lowered a small crown atop his head. “She’s in Parties” got a rousing response, especially when Murphy played melodica and Ash added swirling sounds. It was a set highlight, along with the band’s signature song, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (nine minutes of pure gloom) and the selections where Ash’s acoustic guitar playing (“Silent Hedges; the flamenco hints in “The Passion of Lovers”) took the mood in a different direction.

Best wishes to Peter Murphy and the Bauhaus family during this time.


  • A friend says:

    I’m sad for Peter and yet also so glad he is going to receive care. He’s a brilliant creator, that creative spirit is hard to handle in a human body! Sending my love to him and best wishes for this part of his journey.

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