has been 8 years now that BAUHAUS played any
show, except the one for their second reunion on last year’s
Coachella Festival in California. The more I was surprised to
get to know about a European tour in 2006 giving me the possibility
to see them performing live again. But, to be honest, I did not
expect to get just a chance again, even if I wished. Too many
rumors were afloat about differences between within the members.
But it seems that is now history. In recent interviews they even
announced to write new material… as they did 8 years ago
without recording any new songs apart from Serverance. So let’s
wait and see…
The current tour is called Near The Atmosphere without any new
album but in support of their latest DVD (re)release, which does
not contain any new or unseen material but the Shadow Of Light
and Archive video. Both of them were just available as VHS tapes.
Now they are in the shops in brilliant quality and much better
the concert hall in Cologne the venue in Berlin was really a big
one. Great to see approx. 4000 people going mad, while seeing
their heroes that kicked off the Gothic movement in the early
eighties. Likewise interesting was the fact that there were not
many young people. So the audience contained more fans in the
thirties and forties from all over Europe. Even some Americans
came over to Berlin. BAUHAUS played without any
support act, so the show started on time at 20.30h.
:: introduced their show with a very slow Burning
From The Inside before they kicked off properly with In
The Flat Field. Definitely one of the highlights of every
BAUHAUS gig. Hellish loud and driving drums with
sawing guitar… Ahhh, really amazing! Peter Murphy and Daniel
Ash were moving a lot on stage, changing instruments and communicating
quite a lot with each other.
When BAUHAUS had a lot of different creative
stage decorations 8 years ago, their stage was now kind of naked.
Just a few spotlights, most of them not even colored. So they
focused on their music and the band’s performance. Peter
Murphy was downright romping the stage; he screamed and jumped
and changed his position every second. One BAUHAUS
classic were played after another. So, at the end, all of my favorite
songs were played (except Spirit…).
The encore set offered some surprises. After All We Ever Wanted,
Severance was played, which is a Dead Can Dance cover
they already played years ago during their last tour. But then
Joy Divisions Transmission was number next, a cover version
very close to the original. Peter Murphy even imitated Ian Curtis’
“Idiot Dancing”. The whole audience sang along every
single line as if it was one of a BAUHAUS classic.
For the second encore part Peter was wearing a red velvet cape
and everybody expected Bela. Shit happens, nothing ;)
Instead the crowd got another BAUHAUS song and
one of David Bowie’s songs before they left for a second
time. And again they came back and every band member entered the
stage in black. Time has come for the special BAUHAUS
song everybody wanted to see performed: Bela Lugosi Is Dead.
Peter was acting like Bela did in his Dracula movies of the thirties.
It was nice to see him fading away backwards off the stage. Just
like Bela did…
Show took around 90 minutes. Just amazing, grandiose!
Setlist: Burning From The Inside, In The
Flat Field, God In An Alcove, In Fear Of Fear, Terror Couple Kill
Colonel, Swing The Heartache, She's In Parties, The Passion Of
Lovers, Silent Hedges, Kick In The Eye, Hollow Hills, Rose Garden
Funeral Of Sores, Stigmata Martyr, Hair Of The Dog, Dark Entries
// All We Ever Wanted, Severance, Transmission // Telegram
Sam/ Ziggy Stardust // Bela Lugosi's Dead
still hoping to get to listen to new BAUHAUS
songs, one day, and I still wonder how they would sound these