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Murphy will front the 2023 ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ tour in North America alongside celebrated guitarist Adrian Belew, who’s best known as formerly playing in King Crimson.
Spacehog’s Royston Langdon, A Perfect Circle bassist Matt McJunkins, guitarist Scrote, Devo/A Perfect Circle drummer Jeff Friedl, saxophonist Ron Dziubla, and guitarist Eric Schermerhorn will also play in the touring group.
The tribute tour kicks off on April 4 in Houston, Texas, US and wraps up on May 8 in Tacoma, Washington, US. Tickets will be available to buy here.
Murphy said in a statement: “Such a surprise to be invited to celebrate Bowie in this outing, and alongside a great lineup. So enticing to play the part.”
‘Celebrating David Bowie’, which is spearheaded by Scrote, has been an ongoing project since 2017 and was fronted last year by Todd Rundgren.
Scrote added in a statement: “I’m thrilled to honour David again with this new explosive collection of truly unique and brilliant artists and musicians. This new show represents two sides of Bowie. With Peter Murphy, we have the dark baritone shrouded in mystery and wonder. With Adrian Belew, the tuneful tenor gleefully singing Bowie favourites while delivering the otherworldly guitar playing he is revered for.”
A press release states [via Rolling Stone] that the 2023 edition will “interpret Bowie’s greatest hits with a special emphasis on Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust proto punk era, his Berlin trilogy records (‘Low’, ‘Heroes’, and ‘Lodger’) and his later Trent Reznor infused years”.
Belew played guitar on Bowie’s 1979 album ‘Lodger’ and was a session musician on the late singer’s 1978 ‘Isolar II’ tour and 1990 ‘Sound + Vision’ tour.
Meanwhile, Eric Schermerhorn was a guitarist and background vocalist on Bowie’s 1991 tour with Tin Machine.
‘Celebrating David Bowie’ tour dates 2023:
05 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
06 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
08 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
09 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
11 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
12 – Chattanooga, TN @ Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
14 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Sandler Center
15 – Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre
16 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Arts
17 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC
18 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
20 – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
21 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Auditorium
22 – Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre
23 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
25 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
28 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Texas Trust CU Theatre
29 – Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa Theater
30 – San Antonio, TX @ HEB Performance Hall
02 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
03 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box
04 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
07 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
08 – Tacoma, WA @ Temple Theatre
Last summer Bauhaus cancelled their North American tour, announcing that Murphy was to attend rehab. The band were set to continue their reunion tour in the US and Canada in September 2022, with dates kicking off in Toronto.
In March of last year Bauhaus returned with the single ‘Drink New Wine’, their first new music in 14 years.