Adapted from The Fresno Bee:
Peter Murphy plays rare all-ages show at Strummer’s
Murphy is the Godfather of Goth
Fresno is one of three California stops before spot at Ink-n-Iron festival in Long Beach
Just a Skype chat away! The English singer lives in Instanbul, Turkey
Peter Murphy can’t take a compliment.
It’s part of his English charm.
Yes, the baritone-voiced singer is known as Godfather of Goth music. His aesthetic and work with the band Bauhaus helped defined a genre, as did his poetically gloomy lyrics on songs like “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.”
And after more than 35 years and 10 solo albums, Murphy still has the pull to land a headlining spot on the final night of this weekend’s punk-filled Ink-N-Iron Festival on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Still, his take on any success tends toward the practical.
“You’re only as good as your last show,” Murphy says in a Skype chat from his home in Istanbul, Turkey, where there is a 10-hour time difference and spotty Wi-Fi that makes it difficult to connect with the singer.
This trip to the U.S. is scheduled mostly around Ink-N-Iron.
Murphy plays just three shows while he’s visiting: Thursday night in San Francisco, Friday, June 12, in Fresno at Strummer’s and Saturday in San Luis Obispo. The set lists will feature songs from his 2014 album “Lion,” along with his previous solo work and a few Bauhaus tunes.
A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS FOR AN AFTER-SHOW MEET-AND-GREET ARE AVAILABLE AT MURPHY’S ONLINE STORE. THEY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE MERCHANDISE TABLE AT THE SHOW.
It’s a chance to see Murphy in a smaller, more intimate club setting.
“My show can work on many scales,” Murphy says.
He’s been known to play to 5,000 or more fans in South America. The biggest shows will be designed for the crowds, but his job — making a direct connection with every person in the audience — doesn’t change, whether he’s playing to thousands of fans, or hundreds.
HAVING 5,000 PEOPLE IN YOUR HAND, THAT’S JUST A MATTER OF SCALE.
Peter Murphy, on playing to large (or small) audiences
While the trip is a quick one, Murphy is using the time to handle other business as well. He’s scheduled some time in the recording studio and will be taking meetings for a few non-music projects.
There aren’t many details he can share, though one is in the “theatrical world,” he says.
Another is for a well-known TV series.
Whether anything will come of the meetings, will be seen.
“These things get talked up until they get the so-called, green light,” Murphy says.
- 8 p.m., Friday, June 12
- Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave.
- Tickets: $22.
- (559) 485-5356, www.strummersclub.com