Something very special happened at the Alexandra Palace.

Bauhaus yet again came back from the dead. Despite or because of their volatile nature the band have defied fall outs, Covid and the 21st century to deliver the concert of the year.

Dark, brooding, sensual and thrilling, their stripped down post punk minimalism never sounded so urgent and vital and a timely reminder of their key role in ground breaking music and influence.

Not only did the band look great – each one a hyper exaggerated skinny white duke with destroyed hair and post punk battle fatigues – they were like cadaver gentleman stalking in the stark stage lights whilst they also played at the top of their game.

The rhythm section was insanely tight and drove each song’s twitching switching textures and rhythms, Daniel Ash’s guitar was a thing of wonder – often playing electricity instead of cliche with nothing as dull as a ‘solo’ or ‘riff’ painting streaks of sound over the pummelling backbeats and leaving space for Peter Murphy’s astonishing vocals which were as audacious as ever. Somehow capable of dark humour  and a dark energy the band switched modes and styles with ease and were at the top of their game with the years only adding to their graceful power.

Read the in depth review of the gig here


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. It was amazing, each band member sounding so good. Great setlist too.
    Well worth the wait for what probably us the last chance.
    Thought it was a bit short for what probably is their Swan song and I found Pete Murphys closing remark a bit cutting
    ” you paid too much for this didn’t you”
    Is that really going to be his final word for Bauhaus?

  2. Certainly Bauhaus played well but the sound quality was not the best which really let the band down. The acoustics lacked clarity and didn’t improve. They might have been better in the main auditorium. Shame really although I enjoyed it, it might have been better.


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