PICS: Peter Murphy at the Observatory North Park

Peter Murphy, "the Godfather of Goth" himself, delivered a rousing performance at the Observatory North Park recently.

11 photos
Fatima Kelley
Murphy is an iconic goth-rock pioneer and founding member/frontman of the U.K. band Bauhaus.
Fatima Kelley
His Bauhaus bandmate David John Haskins (aka David J) -- a San Diego resident who performs and DJs in town semi frequently -- took up his role on bass in Murphy's band for the Jan. 24 show.
Fatima Kelley
The Jan. 24 show kicked off with a full performance of Bauhaus' 1980 debut album "In the Flat Field" in its entirety: "Double Dare," "In the Flat Field," "A God in an Alcove," "Dive," "Spy in the Cab," "Small Talk Stinks," "St. Vitus Dance," "Stigmata Martyr," and "Nerves."
Fatima Kelley
Then the band tore through "King Volcano," "Kingdom's Coming," "Burning From the Inside," "Silent Hedges," "Bela Lugosi's Dead," "She's in Parties," "Adrenalin," "Kick in the Eye," "The Passion of Lovers," "Telegram Sam" (a T. Rex cover), "Ziggy Stardust" (a David Bowie cover) and "Severance" (a Dead Can Dance cover).
Fatima Kelley
Murphy is often called “the Godfather of Goth,” as he helped establish the U.K. post-punk movement in the late '70s.
Fatima Kelley
Fun fact: Bauhaus was originally named Bauhaus 1919, in reference to the first operating year of the German art school Bauhaus. They dropped the year from their name within a few months of their formation. (David J pictured)
Fatima Kelley
The band was one of the first gothic rock groups, and were known for their dark, eerie sound and gloomy imagery. Murphy caused a sensation in 2005 when he descended -- hanging upside down like a bat -- on the Coachella main stage while performing the band's huge hit single "Bela Lugosi's Dead."
Fatima Kelley
When they broke up in 1983, Murphy began a solo career, guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins formed Tones on Tail, and David J (pictured) formed Love and Rockets.
Fatima Kelley
Bauhaus would go on to reunite for a 1998 tour and again from 2005-2008. These days, the band is kept alive during his solo tours.
Fatima Kelley
Fun fact: In James O’Barr’s comic book “The Crow,” the main character’s face was heavily based on Murphy’s.
Fatima Kelley
What an outstanding show. Murphy and Co. always deliver -- please come back soon!
Contact Us