Review: Bauhaus at Alexandra Palace London 30/10/21

A sold-out Alexandra Palace welcomed back the original line up of post punk pioneers Bauhaus with open arms.  It was the Halloween weekend and London’s finest ‘undead’, resplendent in black, rose to the occasion. There were witches, Dracula’s, steam punks and walking dead in abundance, people dressed normally actually stood out in the crowd 😊..  The ladies (and a few blokes) must have spent many hours in make-up and hair to look as unique and good as they did.

Black was the predominant colour in audience, band and stage.  The usual spotlights and strobes flashing across the stage and cavernous hall with the odd bit of red and blue hue on occasional songs. The set basically covered songs from their heyday 1980 – 1982.  Dark, moody, and loud!

Bauhaus are: Daniel Ash – guitars, saxophone; Peter Murphy – Vocals; Kevin Haskins – drums; David J – bass

Prior to the band coming on stage at 8:40 the poor audience had to listen to 40 minutes of exceeding loud incomprehensible noise – image amp feedback mixed with the sound of an aircraft engine going into reverse on landing and the odd click of metal – atrocious!

They started off slowly with the droning guitar distortion on ‘Rose Garden Funeral of Sores’ and ‘Double Dare’ before the frenzied ‘In a Flat Field’ lifted the rhythm somewhat.  More dark and broody songs came and went and then the almost danceable ‘Kick in the Eye’ got the audience on the move.

In fairness all their songs are reliant on Danial’s guitar heavy solo-less sounds and textures.  None more so than the total classic that is ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ a macabre brooding slab of guitar and David J’s basic bass notes driving the song forever onwards.

Daniel Ash looked a picture – spikey hair, loud sunglasses and bedecked in a sparkling diamante leather jacket and necklace with multi zipped leather trousers (his second leather top had fluffy purple sleeves!).  Pete Murphy also had a tight sparking top showing off his little ‘middle aged spread’ whilst David J had his trademark suit, red scarf and dark sunglasses.

Murphy enacted the songs theatrically striking the poses and stalking the stage, none more so than during ‘Stigmata Martyr’ when he enacted the Christ on cross scene next behind the drum kit.  An intense performance by him all round.

The set list is below – click on the links to view the videos.

  1. Rosegarden Funeral of Sores (Telegram Sam single B-side, 1980)
  2. Double Dare (In the Flat Field, 1980)
  3. In the Flat Field (In the Flat Field, 1980)
  4. A God in an Alcove (In the Flat Field, 1980)
  5. In Fear of Fear (Mask, 1981)
  6. Spy in the Cab (In the Flat Field, 1980)
  7. Terror Couple Kill Colonel (single, 1980)
  8. She’s in Parties (Burning from the Inside, 1983)
  9. Kick in the Eye (Mask, 1981)
  10. Bela Lugosi’s Dead (single, 1979)
  11. The Man With the X-Ray Eyes (Mask, 1981)
  12. Silent Hedges (The Sky’s Gone Out, 1982)
  13. The Passion of Lovers (Mask, 1981)
  14. Stigmata Martyr (In the Flat Field, 1980)
  15. Dark Entries (single, 1980)


  1. Sister Midnight (Iggy Pop cover)
  2. Telegram Sam (single, 1980)
  3. Ziggy Stardust (single, 1982)

Encore 2:

  1. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (The Sky’s Gone Out, 1982)

Murphy kindly sang half of certain songs at each stage edge for the benefit of the audience, and engaged them in the odd bit of singing.  He also played melodica and extra percussion for an extended version of, for them a minor hit in the UK charts, on ‘She’s in Parties’.  Murphy’s vocal performance was pretty darn good and held up well in the hallows of the venue.

Bauhaus closed, all systems firing, with ‘Dark Entries’ after about 70 minutes before returning to do a short stint of three covers (all be it classics), strange given they have many of their own songs they could have played, alas my favourite ‘Lagartija Nick’ was nowhere to been seen – a bit too quick in tempo I guess.

Then they tripped off and returned for a 2nd encore of ‘All We Ever Wanted Was Everything’ with Pete playing guitar for the first time.

Not much banter or sing-a-longs but the audience were enchanted, mesmerised and captivated in equal measure – all together now  “Oh Bela, Bela’s undead.”

Marko 31 October 2021

Patti Smith Review: Royal Albert Hall – 5/10/21

Finally, after nearly 2 years (thank you covid!!) I eventually get to see Patti Smith again.  She is much as I remember, scruffy long grey hair, minimal make up, slept in ill-fitting kind of cool clothes (I’m sure they are quite expensive) and although now 74 she seems to have looked the same for the last 20 odd years.

Howls of approval, from a near capacity RAH, as Patti walks on stage with regular stalwarts Jay Dee Daugherty and Lenny Kaye.  They are supplemented with her daughter Jesse on piano and son Jackson on guitar.

Patti has presence in abundance and her voice is unmistakable.  Physically still strong and emotionally connected to a devoted audience.  I still can’t fathom how she has become associated with the “punk legend and poet laureate” moniker as her music is certainly not of that genre, poetry on the other hand she excels at.  I guess you could describe her as an American national treasure.

She kicks off with ‘Dancing Barefoot’, then the reggae beats of ‘Redondo Beach’, dedicated to the late Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.  In fact, strangely enough given her extensive back catalogue the band do many covers including ones from Rolling Stones (dedicated to the late legend Charlie Watts), The Who, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and of course Them’s ‘Gloria’ which she has appropriated for herself.

In-between songs we get treated to lengthy monologues both informative and witty, to an entranced crowd hanging on her every word.  She talks about American revolutionary history, the founding fathers and political activist Thomas Paine and his travails in America/UK/France (he seemed to be imprisoned rather a lot 😊).  She jokes about her lack of sleep and the ITV3 detective shows that kept her going, ink stains on her sleeve just like Mozart and Beethoven at parties so she’s in good company. Says go visit Bunhill Fields where Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan and William Blake are buried and deals with audience questions e.g. “How do you stay so cool?” “Sorry, It’s genetic.”.

Set List (Click on the 5 coloured links to view the YouTube video of song)

  1. Dancing Barefoot (Wave – 1979)
  2. Redondo Beach (Horses – 1975)
  3. Grateful (Gung Ho – 2000)
  4. My Blakean Year (Trampin’ – 2004)
  5. Birdland (Horses – 1975)
  6. Blame It on the Sun
    (Live at Electric Lady EP – 2021; Stevie Wonder cover)
  7. Free Money (Horses – 1975)
  8. I’m Free
    (Rolling Stones cover)
  9. Walk on the Wild Side
    (Lou Reed cover)
  10. Ain’t it Strange (Radio Ethiopia, 1976)
  11. Because the Night (Easter – 1978)
  12. One Too Many Mornings
    (Live at Electric Lady EP – 2021, Bob Dylan cover)
  13. Pissing in a River (Radio Ethiopia – 1976)
  14. Land (Horses – 1975)
  15. Gloria (Horses – 1975; Them cover)


  1. People Have The Power (Dream of Life – 1988)
  2. My Generation
    (The Who cover)

Highlights for me are the energetic ‘Free Money’, My Blakean Year, the era defining ‘Gloria’ and ‘Pissing In a River’. Lowlight was a rather listless version of ‘I’m Free’ from Lenny.  

She commands centre stage for the entire concert, elegantly reciting or stomping with arms flailing – a mighty presence to behold.  For the quieter songs her voice is gravelly yet monolithic.  Luckily the sound at the RAH was relatively modest for a gig and she was never drowned out by guitars or drums.   The set made up mainly of 70’s based songs from her heydays.  Mind you there are many notable exceptions which I would have preferred to have been played rather than so many covers, but hey that’s just my opinion.  A couple of mentions and two songs written by her beloved husband Fred Sonic Smith and loving interaction with her children during them.

Gloria got everyone off their feet dancing and stomping to the pagan/shamanic beat, a great way to end the show.  The final encore was a manic version of The Who’s ‘My Generation’ – the only difference no one destroyed anything although Patti did intentionally break all her guitar strings.  Very Rock ‘n’ Roll for a 74 year old!

An excellent evening – thank you Patti and your band.

Marko – 6 October 2021
Ps – the merchandise was shocking – only one t-shirt at £40 and it really was a piss poor design!!