Peter Murphy is the pale, skeletal baritone whose career fronting Bauhaus in the late '70s and early '80s jump-started a movement toward darkness and beautiful pain in rock music. Bauhaus's hit single "Bela Lugosi's Dead" is the template for much modern goth, while the band's cameo in the 1983 vampire film The Hunger cemented the subculture's creatures-of-the-night image.
When Bauhaus broke up, Murphy began releasing solo albums: "Cuts You Up," from 1990's Deep, spent seven weeks at number one on Billboard's modern-rock chart. Now the singer is finishing up his ninth studio album, appropriately called Ninth. Of course, many fans are looking forward to Murphy's show as an opportunity to hear him perform Bauhaus tunes. "Sometimes I may perform a Bauhaus song or two simply because I think the audience [is] owed it, and of course it is very different to playing it with the original members," Murphy says. "And yet my band plays the songs just as well as Bauhaus," he adds. "There isn't that much difference in reality, except naturally there is a different kind of energy with the original members, because we have been together for so long during a very intense period."