I got to the Peter Murphy show about an hour early so that I could find parking on the street. There was a small gathering of darkly dressed people near the doors. They told us no cameras or even cellphones would be allowed or they'd "take them away and tell us to leave"... so my usual practice of taking photos without flash with my professional DSLR was over. It's not worth it to lose a $700 camera. When they let us in I went straight to the stage and stood slightly to the left of center. I endured during the first act but the guitar amp was right in the middle of the stage and the vocals were very very low so even if they were good I couldn't tell. We all desperately hoped that they'd fix the vocals for Peter Murphy since one really wants to hear his voice at his show! It's kind of the point.
When Peter Murphy came on it was a few songs before they got the vocals up high enough to really hear him. They also killed everyone with fog at the beginning of every song which was pretty unpleasant. Eventually Peter got sick of the fog (it was hurting his throat) and told them to stop doing it and everyone cheered. He wore all black and did some dancing in his style. Since it was Mardi Gras people kept giving him beads and rings. Some songs he played were: Low Room, Subway, Marlene Dietrich's Favorite Poem, I'll Fall With Your Knife, Silent Hedges & Stigmata Martyr (Bauhaus), Strange Kind of Love (with Bela Lugosi's Dead), Transmission (Joy Division) and ended with Hurt (Nine Inch Nails) and many more that right now I can't recall. If anyone has the whole setlist please contact me! He also played a few of his new songs from the album Ninth that's due out in June. I can't wait; they sounded awesome!
The merch table was pretty sparse, with only 2 shirt styles, Deep & Holy Smoke. I got the Holy Smoke shirt.
After the show I waited outside his tour bus in the hopes of getting a photo. I still had my camera; I just didn't take it out during the show. After a pretty long wait I walked over to Voodoo Doughnuts since it's across the street and would only take me a moment to get back. When I did get back other people who had been sitting outside Dante's told me that he DID come out and sign their stuff. So I was sad. But not for too long since he waved at me from the bus and then invited me on!!! He offered me a beer and a smoke and we just chatted about our daughters, traveling, his home in Turkey and all sorts of interesting things. He also revealed that he didn't know it was Mardi Gras and was wondering why people were giving him jewelry. He wished someone had told him before the show! He was very, very, very nice. He signed a poster I took down from the club that was announcing the show and then he and I posed for a photo. After what seemed like at least 20 mins the driver told us that they needed to get going to San Francisco. So Peter kissed me goodbye and I went back to my car. It was such a wonderful experience.