Peter Murphy prepping for 'Eclipse'

Bat-like former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy — who hits the big screen next week with a cameo as a vampire in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” — today announced he’ll release his ninth solo album, the fittingly titled Ninth, in the fall, following this summer’s Dirty Dirt Tour.

As we reported last month, Murphy will open his worldwide tour in late July in Paris, with 10 dates announced so far in Europe and Canada, with additional concerts set to be “announced shortly” (see dates here). He’s also finishing up recording his long-awaited follow-up to 2004′s Unshattered.

In a news release issued this morning, Murphy says, “I have had my Ninth album ready to go for a while now. I’ve been playing it live, alongside Bauhaus classics and my own hits, long before the official release and it’s added more stardust to the long shelf life of songs I have under my belt.”

Next week, the singer — who last appeared on screen performing “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” with Bauhaus in 1983′s vampire thriller “The Hunger” (see video below) — will play to one of the biggest audiences of his career when he appears as a vampire dubbed “The Cold One” in “Eclipse,” which opens next Wednesday in the U.S. Check out the photo, above, of Murphy in costume that he posted to his Facebook page.

“Who else could have and should have done it?” Murphy asks of the cameo, which he announced on his website last September while the movie was filming. “It was really lovely and smart of (director) David Slade to ask me… I was honored, actually.”

Watch Bauhaus perform ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ in ‘The Hunger’ after the jump…

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