My Best Concert Ever: Bauhaus

21 Sep

The best concert I’ve ever seen was Bauhaus at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. [setlist] [discussion] I’ve always been a big fan of their music, yet they broke up long before I was old enough to go to concerts. So I only had references from others’ experiences, and the occasional glimpse of a video to experience anything resembling a performance.

Note: although embedding has been disabled by request on all these videos, they still play at YouTube and are definitely worth checking out. Just click that “Watch on YouTube” link.

Going to see the band after they’d reunited was not just a personal thrill, but the show itself was absolutely phenomenal. Their performance was right on, and Peter Murphy‘s remarkable voice only seemed to have gotten better with time. The lighting and set design were breathtaking, yet intimate and appropriate for this band and their dramatic aesthetic.

Bauhaus In Concert = Chills

It gives me chills just to think about it now, and I still have frozen in my brain, and probably will forever, images of every song as they came to life before my eyes – these pieces of music which we’re so compelling-yet-mysterious now happening in front of me and a room full of 1000 people. The experience was an electric, hair-raising religious one.

I was never a totally goth kid growing up, although I did appreciate the music and style. I was more into metal and punk than new wave or alternative when my musical tastes were forming, but I’ve always appreciated many types of music. The unifying factors I do appreciate most, however, are creativity, skill at craft, and overall dedication, all of which Bauhaus and my other favorite bands have in abundance.

What is your best concert ever? Is there a band you would like to see but haven’t yet, or may never get to see? What would be your fantasy best concert? Let us hear from you in the comments.

5 Responses to “My Best Concert Ever: Bauhaus”

  1. Paul Cahill September 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I enjoy concerts in small venues. When I was younger I enjoyed my share of mega shows but not that just does not do it for me. There is a small singer songwriter venue in Decatur, GA called Eddie’s Attic. I was able to see Drew Holcomb there in February and it was a fantastic show.

    • rsmithing September 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      You bring up an important point. Seeing an act in the coliseum or stadium with a full lighting and theatrical setup can be entertaining, but there’s nothing nearly as exciting as seeing an act in an intimate venue, as you rightly note. The 9:30 club was like that, and to this day I am spoiled on seeing acts close up. There’s just something about the energy and excitement.

      • Paul Cahill September 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

        I completely agree. A lifetime ago I used to play in a number of bands and I always enjoyed playing small venues vs. larger ones. Watching really talented artists up close can not be beat.

  2. patricia killi September 22, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Your profile photo makes you look like a corporate trader.  Your content betrays you.  We should be wed. 🙂 Patty Killi (Retired Punk)

    • rsmithing September 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Ha, thank you. But can true punks actually retire?

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