He Does It Just For Love
Dubbed the Just For Love tour, Murphy will perform acoustic versions of his work accompanied by violinist Hugh Marsh and Peter DiStephano. He’ll introduce some new material as well.
The fall outing will kick off at The Vanderbilt in Plainview, N.Y., and stop at clubs and theatres in 14 cities, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Seattle and San Francisco before finishing up U.S. dates with a two-night stand beginning November 30 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Mexico City and European dates are expected to follow, but are not yet confirmed.
The concerts will open with a screening of the 1980 Joanna Woodward film, “The Grid,” which features Murphy. An apparent nod to history, “The Grid” was also the opening event of Bauhaus’ 1980 United Kingdom tour.
The former Bauhaus frontman has been on the road much of the year in support of Wild Birds, a compilation of his solo material from 1985 – 1995. He toured in 1998 with a resurrected Bauhaus, which originally split in 1983. Arguably the most revered of goth bands, Bauhaus is credited with spawning artists like Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson.
With progeny like that, why an acoustic tour?
“After the incredible sense in intimacy between myself and the audience conjured up the last time out with playing the songs in their purest form, I simply had to tour again to pick up on the intimations created by this new experience for me,” Murphy said.
“What occurred to me in stripping down the songs like that was a previously unseen strength in the material and myself as a singer … as if the songs became increased in simplicity; time for sure had nothing to do with it.”