Written by: Mike Dimitriou
What can someone write about Bauhaus or the bands that later on they were associated with (Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets) by the three members of the most avant-garde new wave band ever? What can someone also write on these personalities’ solo careers? Peter Murphy. David J, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins–thank you all for creating an outstanding sonic alternative that ranks among the edgiest musings ever.
As you can tell, I am one of their ultra-fans.
And now, we have some outstanding and breathtaking news on David J and Peter Murphy!
First: UK’s Glass Modern Records reissued David J’s second solo album Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh LP (originally released on Glass Records in 1985) and released it earlier this month. It’s on heavyweight clear vinyl, it’s remastered, and it includes an inner bag with all the lyrics, plus sleevenotes by David Barker of Glass. A totally classic album by one from the Bauhaus team who says, “This is a personal pastoral favorite and the album that really set the tone for all of my future solo endeavors. Now it is being re-released as a limited edition on beautiful high quality 180 g clear vinyl by the newly rebooted Glass Modern label. Feels like coming home!”
David J was first of Bauhaus’ members to actively step outside of the comfort zone of his original band, enjoying a long and varied solo career, and he joined the reformed Bauhaus again twice for world tours (the Gotham concert of the Ressurection Tour in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on September 9th and 10th, 1998, is monumental).
Let’s taste and re-visit one of the most successful singles of the Crocodile Tears LP–here’s “Stop This City,” and read on because I have more to tell you!
News number 2: David J will join Peter Murphy for a 40-year Bauhaus anniversary tour across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, for which they will play their full debut LP In The Flat Field plus an extended encore of Bauhaus classics. The live band also consists of John Andrews on guitar and Marc Slutsky on drums. And, late 2018 will bring a series of colored vinyl Bauhaus reissues and more tour dates are expected later!!!
My tortured soul will find a place of euphoria in downtown Athens GR, December 14!!! Check below their tour-dates and choose your venue!
Three more dates, all in San Francisco on 2019, are added to the schedule and you may see them here. In the following links, you may also check and order his book on his Bauhaus years Who Killed Mr. Moonlight (Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction), and his latest album Vagabond Songs (2017).
And, David J appears on a recent episode of the Stereo Embers podcast.
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