Peter Murphy is coming back to Salt Lake City Saturday at the Fairpark Coliseum. But don't expect to see the same waifish figure in black who inspired goth aficionados worldwide with his memorable introduction to the beautifully vampiric film "The Hunger."
Murphy's panache for the Gothic genre in the early '80s may well have come back to haunt him in this decade as now the ex-Bauhaus mouthpiece is, well, a kinder, gentler king of goth."To wake up and feel cool, I'm not that Peter Murphy," he recently told Raygun Magazine. "When I wake up, it's just a man in the mirror - and Dad. I really do consider myself a regular guy."
Murphy's apparent sense of longing to be average came at significant cost, though. At the conclusion of his 1992 "Holy Smoke" tour, Murphy dissolved his long-time band, The 100 Men, and moved himself and his family from his native England to Turkey. The immediate need was for a new view, according to press materials.
"I set out to burn bridges, to give myself a feeling of freshness and vitality," Murphy says. "That burning of bridges went as far as potentially accepting that I'd finished in the music business. It was a purging period - making a clean break.
"I wanted to put myself in the position where I psychologically freed myself from being in that album-tour cycle and being Peter Murphy. Perceptions of such things can change one's hopes and desires and motivations."
A year after moving to Turkey, Murphy began to explore the artistic dividends of his personal and professional liberation. The rewards came in the form of melodies, a set of strong vocal state-ments, and, eventually, rough draft demo recordings for what would become his fifth solo album, "Cascade."
Murphy appears at the Utah State Fairpark Coliseum Saturday, July 15, at 8 p.m. with opening act Jewel. Tickets are $14 and available by calling Smith'sTix at 1-800-888-8499.
For Murphy, a Turkish residence seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. Add a willing producer (Pascal Gabriel), capable songwriting techniques from Paul Statham and instinctive contributions from guitarist Michael Brook and you've got "Cascade."
While the 37-year-old baritone hesitates to call the making of "Cascade" a new beginning, the process did provide the invigorating atmosphere he's been missing.
"Recording the album was refreshing . . . and frightening,really. I'd put myself in a position that was very dangerous. I didn't have the security of the band, that known quality."
Some highlights of Murphy's musical career:
- 1979-1983: Lead vocalist, Bauhaus.
- 1984: Began solo career after the '83 breakup of Bauhaus; joined with former Japan bassist Mick Karn to record "The Waking Hour" under the name Dalis Car.
- 1986: Recruited guitar-ist/keyboardist Howard Hughes to help record solo debut, "Should the World Fail to Fall Apart."
- 1988-92: Picked up with The 100 Men, recorded "Love Hysteria," "Deep," and "Holy Smoke."
- 1995: Released "Cascade," featuring new producer, co-writer and musicians.
Musicians on tour with Murphy are guitarist Ben Blakeman, drummer Mark Price, bassist Eddie Branch and Howard Hughes on keyboard and guitar.
- JEWEL is on tour supporting her debut album, "Pieces of You." The album, produced by Ben Keith (Neil Young and Patsy Cline) is composed of material that was recorded at Young's Broken Arrow Ranch and at venues in San Diego.
The 20-year-old solo acoustic performer has opened for Bob Dylan and Liz Phair and is described as girlish and coy one minute, strong and sexy, haunting and honest the next.