HardRockChick

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content

Peter Murphy @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency, 6/2/08

dev@hard
June 3, 2008
2
0

It’s June 2nd and it’s 50 degrees outside. As I walk into the venue with the too long name, the wind slaps me in the face as a harsh reminder that summer never comes to SF.

But that’s ok, because the sea of black and pale that awaits me looks like they live in a perpetual state of winter.

I’m running late to see Peter Murphy. I was skeptical that he would even perform tonight, as he canceled last night’s Portland show. I’m taken aback as I walk into the room when I see seats everywhere and the performer on the stage already. After last night, an 8pm start time seemed utterly ridiculous. But these are the slightly older goths, hence the seats and lack of a mosh pit.

Peter Murphy has a booming velvety voice that hasn’t seemed to age with time. As a solo artist, his music stands in contrast to the theatrics of his other band, Bauhaus. Peter Murphy the solo artist makes music that goths listen to on a good day. It’s poppier, cheerful, less avant-garde. When I saw Bauhaus with NIN in 2006, it was like seeing a different person- The Phantom of the Opera dressed as a rock star. Then, of course, there was the funny thing I can’t get out of my mind- he had a tag hanging off his shirt as he strutted around. But I digress.

Tonight, we are hearing a selection of his 20 year spanning solo career. The crowd is into it, hanging on his every word. Some are even singing along too loudly. The band is not impressing me, but it’s hard to compare to Daniel Ash. We get to hear a song from the last Bauhaus album- ‘Endless Summer of the Damned’. It’s too bad they broke up…again.

We are treated to two short encores. The first one was ‘Strange Kind of Love’ and- to my delight when I saw the melodica come out- ‘She’s In Parties’. Unfortunately the guitar was anticlimactic. The second encore summed the show up by ending with ‘Cuts You Up’ and ‘Final Solution’, which sound much more subversive than they actually are. After slightly over an hour of goth pop, he bids adieu for what could very well be the last time.

goldpost’s video from the show:

OVERALL: 7/10
Peter Murphy performance: 7/10
venue (The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center): 6.5/10
crowd/scene: 7/10
value ($32.50/ticket): 7/10
memorable: 6.5/10

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts

Rock You Like A Hurricane: Scorpions, Skid Row @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

“It’s early morning, the sun comes out Last night was shaking and pretty loud My cat is purring, it scratches…

April 15, 2022
5
0

Turbo Lover: 50 Years of Heavy Metal with Judas Priest and Queensrÿche @ Zappos Theater, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, 3/13/22

“We hold each other closer, as we shift to overdrive And everything goes rushing by, with every nerve alive We…

March 22, 2022
7
0

Intruder: Gary Numan @ Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown 2/24/22

“I could talk about my world How you brought about ruin I could talk about your greed If you want…

March 5, 2022
3
0

One Night: Danzig Sings Elvis at the Grand Ballroom in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 10/31/21

“Always lived, very quiet lifeI ain’t never did no wrongNow I know that life without youHas been too lonely too…

November 6, 2021
5
0

Highway to Hell: GayC/DC @ Landers Brewery, May 22, 2021

“Livin’ easyLovin’ freeSeason ticket on a one way rideAskin’ nothin’Leave me beTakin’ everythin’ in my strideDon’t need reasonDon’t need rhymeAin’t…

July 11, 2021
6
0

Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit: Vulgar Display of Pantera w/ Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals @ The Fillmore New Orleans

One minute you’re writing a work email and the next you’re downing a Black Tooth Grin; this is the beauty…

April 18, 2021
4
0

Scorched Earth: Mountain Tamer @ Couchlock & Rock / Stoned & Dusted @ Joshua Tree, 3/6/21

Hi there again… here we are at livestream 4/5 of Couchlock and Rock! This was a chaotic week for me…

March 13, 2021
2
0

Premonitions: Spirit Mother @ Couchlock and Rock / Stone and Dusted @ Joshua Tree, 2/20/21

Well hello there! Another two weeks have passed since the last Couchlock and Rock, and here we are, deeper into…

February 25, 2021
2
0

Tomorrow Never Comes: Couchlock and Rock//Stoned and Dusted Livestream #2 w/ Nebula @ Joshua Tree, 2/6/21

Here we are again, 2 weeks later! I didn’t get a reminder email about this livestream after buying the bundle…

February 10, 2021
2
0

Propaganda: Scour, Shock Narcotic @ The Lair Livestream

Perhaps nothing encapsulated the suffocating, maddening experience of the pandemic and political madness of the past year than watching this…

January 30, 2021
2
0