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The Monday Set: Peter Murphy – Los Angeles – 3/14/11

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Peter Murphy
Mayan Theater
Los Angeles, CA
3/14/11

Earlier this year I caught Peter Murphy at the Mayan here in Los Angeles. It was the first time I had ever been to that venue. It was also the first time I had ever caught Peter Murphy solo. As a long time fan of Bauhaus et al., it was never in the cards for me to see Peter Murphy solo before. Despite the self deprecating jokes throughout the set, he still puts on a great show. I would have to say I actually enjoyed it more than any of the Bauhaus reunion shows I’ve attended. As a special treat for those in attendance, he honored a special request for a newly married couple and played a song you don’t hear any many (any?) other solo sets on this tour, Bauhaus’ All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. I’ve included that as the sample below.

Setlist
1. Intro
2. Low Room
3. Velocity Bird
4. Peace To Each
5. Raw Power (Iggy & The Stooges)
6. Disappearing
7. Silent Hedges (Bauhaus)
8. Burning From the Inside (Bauhaus song)
9. I’ll Fall With Your Knife
10. Subway
11. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
12. Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem
13. The Prince & Old Lady Shade
14. Stigmata Martyr (Bauhaus)
15. Uneven & Brittle

Encore:
16. A Strange Kind Of Love/Bela Lugosi’s Dead
17. She’s In Parties (Bauhaus)
18. Cuts You Up
19. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Bauhaus)

Encore 2:
Missing: Too Much 21st Century

Download: Peter Murphy – Los Angeles – 3/14/11 – 549 MB

Sample: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Live)

The Monday Set: Peter Murphy – New York City – 7/6/09


Peter Murphy
Highline Ballroom
New York City, NY
7/6/09

A track from this show was featured some time ago and since, quite a few requests have made for the whole set. Now seems to be as good as time as any to oblige. This is a set from Peter Murphy’s recent Secret Cover tour whos name refers to a series of covers that Peter Murphy has recently released. See Secret Cover for more info.

I suspect the tour was largely to keep his live chops up while recording his new album which he alluded to during the show. Note that this was the first night of two, so if you happen to go to the second, I would be curious if you have any comments on difference between the two shows. Enjoy.

Setlist:
1. Things to Remember
2. Velocity Bird
3. Peace To Each
4. Disappearing
5. Memory Go
6. Instant Karma
7. Banter
8. I’ll Fall With Your Knife
9. Time Has Got Nothing To Do With It
10. Secret Silk Society
11. Too Much 21st Century
12. See Saw Sway
13. The Prince And Old Lady Shade
14. Audience Cheering
15. The Secret
16. Deep Ocean Vast Sea
17. Uneven and Brittle
18. A Strange Kind Of Love / Bela Lugosi’s Dead
19. Passion Of Lovers / Transmission
20. Space Oddity
21. She’s In Parties
22. Cuts You Up

Sample:

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Download: Peter Murphy – New York City – 7/6/09 – 608 MB

Nine Inch Nails w/ Peter Murphy – Reptile (Live)

Peter Murphy was the special surprise guest at some of the US dates (Evidently Gary Numan did similar guest appearances on UK dates) of the much ballyhooed Wave Goodbye (final ever!?!) Nine Inch Nails tour. Peter showed up towards the end of the NIN set and did vocals on “Reptile” followed by “Kick in the Eye” and later joining on vocals again on “Dead Souls”, the Joy Division cover from The Crow Soundtrack . The night after this show Peter Murphy showed up again as special guest, but made a much grander entrance by coming down upside down from the ceiling.

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Download: Nine Inch Nails w/ Peter Murphy – Reptile (Live)

Peter Murphy – Disappearing (Live)

Peter Murphy passed through NY last week for a 2-night stint on his Secrete Cover tour. I made the first of the two NYC shows. (BTW: If someone caught the second night or both, please fill me in.) This particular show featured largely newer material along with several covers including a cover of David Bowie’s Major Tom, several Bauhaus selections, as well as a new song (that sounded great) that was recently recorded for an upcoming album. Peter Murphy also dropped the Joy Division cover of “Transmission” that was posted on TSOI sometime back (I recommend seeking it out).

This is one of the many great tunes off of Cascade which I have mentioned before as perhaps the best of Peter Murphy’s albums. To date I have neglected to post a track to make my case. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Exhibit A.

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Download: Peter Murphy – Disappearing (Live)

The Monday Set: Peter Murphy – Rome, Italy – 5-28-86


Peter Murphy
Pipers Club
Rome, Italy
5/28/86

I have yet to come across an earlier Peter Murphy solo show than this one from Italy. There are a couple of recordings from July of ’86 floating out there but the quality all of the ’86 shows, including this one, are average at best.

Setlist:
1. Canvas Beauty
2. The Light Pours Out of Me
3. God Sends
4. Confessions
5. She’s In Parties
6. Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
7. The Answer Is Clear
8. Spirit
9. The Passion of Lovers
10. Never Man
11. Blue Heart
12. Kick In The Eye (Cut)

Sample:

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Download: Peter Murphy – Rome, Italy – 5-28-86 – 316 MB

Peter Murphy – Transmission (Live Joy Division Cover)/Cuts You Up (Live)

I attended the second New York show of Peter Murphy‘s current Retrospective tour. Peter Murphy seemed to be in good spirits and was uncharacteristically chatty with the audience – taking questions, riffing on Americans accents (with demonstrations – very funny), and when asked who he would vote for, even stumped a bit for Obama. His levity must have given him some legs because he played for two solid hours with highlights being Bauhaus tracks off of “Go Away White” and this cover of Joy Division‘s, “Transmission”. (I have posted several Joy Division covers on this site and am gladly keeping the string going.) Before playing “Transmission”, Peter Murphy gave a shout out to Peter Hook who was in the audience and performed the song with a good approximation of the Ian Curtis style right-angle-arm rag-doll dance. It ruled.

All in all a great, fun, good spirited show. During the show, I found myself coming to the conclusion that “Cascade” is right up there with “Deep” and “Holy Smoke” in dibs for best PM album. Sole honors would probably go to “Holy Smoke” if it weren’t for ‘Sweetest Drop’ – the only Peter Murphy song that will get me up out of a chair to hit skip.

On a side note, (if I recall correctly) he also played “She’s in Parties” and “Burning from the Inside” and was filming the show for a DVD. Keep your eyes open for that. Also I didn’t opt for the VIP ticket that included a “Meet and Greet”. Chime in if you went. I am a bit curious how that went.

Update: Check out more pics from this show at Lori Baily’s site here.

Update 2: After getting a bunch of requests, here’s another track from the show:

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Cuts You Up (Live)

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Download: Peter Murphy – Transmission (Live Joy Division Cover)

The Monday Set: Peter Murphy – Buffalo, NY – 7/11/90


Peter Murphy
Buffalo, NY
7/11/90

This is truly a completest recording only. It sounds like someone used the cheapest cassette player ever and had it in their jacket the whole time. Even after some heavy EQing, this Peter Murphy recording doesn’t do the guy justice. The one thing positive thing I can say about it is that it’s a great song selection.

Set List:
1. A Strange Kind Of Love
2. All Night Long
3. The Line Between The Devil’s Teeth…
4. Deep Ocean, Vast Sea
5. Low Room
6. Cuts You Up
7. Seven Veils
8. Marlene Dietrich’s Favorite Poem
9. His Circle And Her’s Meet
10. Fun Time
11. Time Has Nothing To Do With It
12. Roll Call

Sample:

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Download: Peter Murphy – Buffalo, NY – 7/11/90 – 398 MB

The Monday Set: Peter Murphy – Toronto, Canada – 2/19/87


Peter Murphy
RPM Fantasy Club
Toronto, Canada
2/19/87

This is the best early Peter Murphy concert I’ve come across. One of the highlights is definitely “Secrets” which I haven’t heard on any other live recordings.

Set List:
1. Blue Heart
2. The Light Pours Out Of Me
3. God Sends
4. She’s In Parties
5. Secrets
6. The Answer Is Clear
7. Never Man
8. Should The World Fail To Fall Apart
9. Tale Of The Tongue
10. Kick In The Eye
11. Final Solution

Sample:

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Download: Peter Murphy – Toronto, Canada – 2/19/87 – 315 MB

Peter Murphy – Japanese Interview (Video)

Peter Murphy – Interview
Japanese Television
1986?

This is a hilarious (and long, about 9 minutes) awkward interview with Peter Murphy broadcast on Japanese television around the time that “Should The World Fail To Fall Apart” came out.

Download: Peter Murphy – Interview (Video)

Peter Murphy – Canvas Beauty (Live)

I just converted this show from cassette this past weekend. Even though it’s not the best quality recording, it’s one of the earliest solo Peter Murphy shows I’ve come across. This 1986 recording must have been part of the “Should The World Fail To Fall Apart” tour and as an interesting bonus, at the end of the show, Daniel Ash came out and played “The Three Shadows, Part. 2” with Peter as an encore.

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Download: Peter Murphy – Canvas Beauty (Live)