June 09, 2006 02:57 AM
Still processing it… I’m thinking about the drastic contrast of Bauhaus and Nine Inch Nails performing on the same tour. Peter Murphy is a magnificent performer. He told me he utilizes movements from Sufism and also learned from his wife who is a dancer from the Martha Graham school/technique. He told me about a way of “focus” learned from David Bowie. Bauhaus are all performers and the show held my attention because it is so elegant and visceral at the same time. They do not need much in the way of special effects and distracting lights because they are such strong and engaging performers. I was curious. David J who bashed his bass and got intense growls from it at one point in the opening of a song , told me they were doing this tour to gain more “converts.” Hmm. I will admit that I had previously thought of Bauhaus more as style and fashion over substance. My focus was on a different musical scene when they were originally active. Having seen Bauhaus in concert now for the first time , I respect and appreciate their work . David can consider me converted! . . . Nine Inch Nails stood behind a cage barrier for much of the show and the essential components were massive lights and every single person on stage playing an instrument. There was no central focal point or central performer in the theatrical or bodily sense. The stage was quite alive with lighting and Trent Reznor did not stand out for the most part than anyone else on stage. It came across as musicians standing hard, standing rigidly – as they intensely , smoothly and evenly executed songs . I would describe it as viewing …an army.