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Bauhaus Legend David J Announces Intimate Solo UK Dates And World Tour With Peter Murphy

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25 August 2018



This year marks 40 years since the formation of Bauhaus. To mark this occasion, founding member David J has announced two one-off solo UK concerts, to occur in between several festival dates with Bauhaus vocalist Peter Murphy and their newly-announced world tour. The second of these shows, ‘Back to Beck (The Crucible of ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’), is a historic intimate event preceded by a larger London date.

Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction once described David J as the Avant of the Avant-garde, with good reason. Since Bauhaus disbanded in 1983, David has enjoyed a long and varied solo career. The first of Bauhaus’ members to actively step outside of the comfort zone of his original band, he released his debut album ‘Etiquette of Violence’ that same year and has since released numerous solo albums, founded the hugely successful Love and Rockets, produced and played bass with The Jazz Butcher, and joined the reformed Bauhaus again twice for world tours.

On Sunday, August 26, David J will play to a small crowd as part of a cozy very limited capacity experience as he returns to Beck Studios in Wellingborough, England to play a special live acoustic concert. This is not just any studio – in 1979, Bauhaus recorded their first single there – the classic ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, featuring lyrics composed by David J. This massively significant single, released via Small Wonder Records, led to a John Peel session, two years of charting in the British independent charts, and being signed to 4AD Records and, subsequently, Beggar’s Banquet.

This will be the first time that David has set foot in the studio since recording his second solo album ‘Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh’ there in 1984. This special show will feature music that was originally recorded there, as well as songs spanning his career.

As part of this rare event, Andrew Brooksbank, author of ‘Bauhaus – Beneath The Mask’, will also be conducting an interview with David, which will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. This historic concert is not to be missed and will be both recorded and filmed for later release. There is very limited availability, with tickets available for 50 pounds.

The day before that, on August 25, David J will perform in London at The Islington with special guests. Rewind 39 years to this month in 1979 – Bauhaus played their first show in London at The Music Machine, sharing the bill with The Teardrop Explodes, Patrick Fitzgerald band and The Wall.

To further entrench this 40-year anniversary in the minds of their fans, Peter Murphy and David J will bring Bauhaus classics, as well as playing their debut album ‘In The Flat Field’