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Death By CultureHe Spits Roses
POSTED BY VINNIE BLESI, November 14, 2011    Share

Peter Murphy, one the founders of goth music pioneer "Bauhaus", has been faithfully touring his solo act in Florida since the 1980's. Maybe there is a giant Peter Murphy "Batsignal" that emits from the roof of the infamous "Castle" night club in Ybor City, Tampa.

Peter Murphy brought his second tour to Tampa this year to the historic "Ritz Ybor", Saturday Nov. 12, 2011. In support of his new release, "Ninth", and the just released ep, "The Secret Bees of Ninth", which features 4 great b-sides that are album worthy and not throw away songs.

At age 54 Murphy has trimmed down his usual large ensemble band to a three piece band, all his juniors by 30 years. Murphy was much more subdued that previous performances, with much less Jagger/Bowie rock star moves and a more relaxed mood, even enjoying himself. At times he was a conductor giving cues to this young band to direct how the live arrangement was going. In a light-hearted moment, during the song, "I Spit Roses", Murphy attempts to throws a bowl full of rose petals into the crowd and they land on the stage. With a small smile of amusement on his face he humbly gathers the rose petals by hand off the stage floor and flings them by hand into the crowd.

Peter Murphy's set was largely dominated by his new release and hearing them performed live with all the emotion of his vocals, which have never sounded better, and the trimmed down raw rock of a three piece band (with some embellishment) has caused me to revisit his latest release and enjoy it even more. Plus doing material off his new EP, showed how good that material is.

Murphy did not ignore his past, including Bauhaus tunes "Silent Hedges" and to my delight "She's in Parties". Plus I was glad he choose to do two songs from the underrated, "Cascade", as well as "Deep Ocean, Vast Sea".

Looking at some set lists from previous shows, Murphy seemed to cut to show short, as there was no extra encore. This may have been because there seemed to be a lot of confusion setting up Peter Murphy's band setup between the tear down of touring band, She Wants Revenge.

While I was dancing at the back with "Castle" people, I began to see the new nuance of live shows. The people in the front had their iphones and androids rocking, but not their bodies. I prefer to experience my rock and roll shows in human form, not through a digital device.

The Ritz Ybor provided the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a show, with its relaxed feeling and laid back security and friendly staff.

photos courtesy of Tim Dominick, thanks to Okesene "Okie" Tilo
Ritz Ybor Public Relations & Marketing

"Death By Culture" is ©2011 by Vinnie Blesi. All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2011 by Nolan B. Canova.

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