Former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy, known as the “Godfather of Goth,” performed at The Depot in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, touring behind his latest work, “Lion,” his 10th studio album and first since 2011.
Highlight • When he performed the Bauhaus songs “Silent Hedges” and “She’s In Parties,” back to back.
Crowd favorite • Peter Murphy got the best reaction from the crowd when he performed his 1990 hit “Cuts You Up.”
Best quote • Murphy really didn’t say a whole lot. He introduced the band a few times. However, there were several times when he would clap for the band. If one of the band members did something well, he would applaud for them as it happened. It was fun to watch.
In the crowd • There were a handful of goths in their early-20s, but mostly it was people who were probably kind of gothic while in their 20s, 20 years ago.
Encore • The four-song encore ended with the Bauhaus version of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.”
Low note • The guy who was trying to start fights by jumping up and down in front of people’s smart phones as they tried to shoot video of the show. It was bizarre.
Pleasant surprise • The opener, Ringo DeathStarr, from Austin, Texas, was very good. The band fumbled through the first couple of songs, but pulled it together and delivered a really strong set of shoegaze music that owes a debt to classic bands like Slowdive, and newer outfits like A Place To Bury Strangers.