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Bauhaus bad boy Peter Murphy in SF to promote ‘Ninth’ release

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You certainly have to hand it to Bauhaus bad boy Peter Murphy — the guy sure knows how to make an entrance.

For instance, who can forget his riveting performance of the UK outfit’s signature “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” from inside a suspended nightclub cage in the ’83 vampire classic “The Hunger”?

Or his recent New York appearance with Nine Inch Nails, wherein he was lowered onto the stage, upside down, like a sleeping bat, to duet with Trent Reznor on Goth-punk classics like Joy Division’s “Atmosphere,” Pere Ubu’s “Final Solution” and Bauhaus’s own “Kick In The Eye”?

Murphy knows how to chew up the big-screen scenery, too — he just played the ancient bloodsucker The Cold One in the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” crowd-pleaser.

So Lord (or perhaps the devil) only knows how he’ll show up at San Francisco’s Mezzanine nightspot next Wednesday, promoting his upcoming ninth salvo on Nettwerk, aptly dubbed “Ninth.”

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He’s had the cryptic set on ice for several months now, but it will hit stores on June 7.

But the whip-thin, Turkey-based wraith is so pleased with the new material, he’s been liberally sprinkling it into his current set list. And “Ninth” is also Murphy’s first solo release since the much-ballyhooed Bauhaus reunion back in 2005.

For more information, visit www.petermurphy.info.

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