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Concert previews: Onstage theatrics in Utah with KISS, Def Leppard and Peter Murphy
Music » KISS, Def Leppard, Peter Murphy stick to their vision after decades on the charts.

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Notable this time around — for Murphy never does the same thing twice — was a collaboration with producer Youth, who is perhaps best known for his work with Paul McCartney in The Fireman.

"It was very prolific," Murphy said. "We pushed, and that’s how the sessions went. Youth really took the helm. … Much of the songs were written on the spot."

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KISS with Def Leppard

When » Monday, 8 p.m.

Where » Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City

Tickets » $32 to $159 at SmithsTix

Peter Murphy with Ringo Deathstar

When » Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Where » The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $26 to $101 at SmithsTix.

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"Lion" was recorded in the wake of Murphy’s 2013 tour that celebrated the 35th anniversary of Bauhaus, which made him, with all the eyeliner of that era, known as the "Godfather of Goth." "It was a tour for the fans," he said. "It was a tip of the hat to the fans, and in that it was satisfying."

But re-creating the past has never been one of Murphy’s priorities.

Reinvention, he said, is "what I do. … What influences me is being away from the music world. I’ve never been a part of it."

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