On the heels of a great preview article of the first Bauhaus shows in approximately 13 years, LA Weekly has just released a review of the second reunion show held on November 4th at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. You can read the full review here.
Refreshingly, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” came midset instead of as a predictable encore. Although the morbid eulogy is by far Bauhaus’ best-known song, it was just one of several highlights of the night, as Ash scratched together eerie junkyard noises on guitar and David J plucked his momentous descending bass line (David J’s dub-like bass propelled several other songs Monday night with impressively haunting grooves). Strangely, Murphy was able to get the crowd to sing along at one point on “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” a jarring contrast on such a defiantly non-poppy anti-anthem. Despite another muddled mix, Murphy was in strong voice on “The Man With the X-Ray Eyes,” a relative rarity that the band had played for the first time since 1982 at the Sunday concert. Some of the crowd began dancing when “Kick in the Eye” followed with increasing energy.
Below are additional photos from the opening night on November 3rd. All photos are by Levan TK for LA Weekly. View the full gallery here.