Up to 40 Peter Murphy fans will get the first crack at hearing the former Bauhaus frontman’s forthcoming album Lion next month when the singer hosts a private listening party “at a secret location in the Los Angeles area,” with the promise of “an unprecedented discussion between artist and audience” — months ahead of the record’s planned 2014 release.
The Oct. 26 listening party, billed as the third in Murphy’s series of special “Miracula” events, was announced this week on the singer’s Facebook page. It’s not yet clear how much tickets will cost; full on-sale information is expected at 10 a.m. Pacific today.
UPDATE: Tickets are $750 per person, and available now via PayPal. The event’s organizers note that both they and Murphy “reserve the right to cancel ‘Miracula Lion’ in the unlikely event that ticket sales do not support the event going forward.” If that happens, they say, the ticket price will be refunded.
In March 2012, Murphy hosted his first “Miracula” concert in Las Vegas, an all-inclusive weekend that cost up to 50 fans at least $4,000 a person through auction, and included a dinner party, Q&A session and a private two-act concert. Last October, Murphy hosted a Halloween-themed “Miracula” concert in Los Angeles at a more discounted rate: $500 per person, although up to 125 tickets were sold to that event.
As for next month’s Lion listening party, here’s the announcement:
The third in a series of special Miracula shows, Miracula LION is the first of it’s kind….
An evening of celebration of Peter Murphy’s upcoming new release LION, guests will have the once in a lifetime, unique experience of listening to the recording for the very first time with Peter himself. A very intimate listening party, Peter will play tracks–ones planned for the CD and some that may never be released–and discuss the recording, the songs, personal anecdotes….it will be an incredibly special night that will introduce the new CD months in advance of the planned release date to guests in the most personal way imaginable. An unprecedented discussion between artist and audience will ensue, and it is something that no fan will want to miss.
An evening with Peter Murphy….great food, conversation, wit, charm, insight, and LION…..Will you be able to say you were there?
Guests will receive a signed and personalized copy of LION after it is released, plus a special edition signed photograph from the recording session.
The evening will take place at a secret location in the Los Angeles area. Tickets will be limited to no more than 40.
Between extensive rounds of touring, Murphy has been working on the follow-up to his 2011 album Ninth with Killing Joke bassist Youth, who is producing the record. The album is expected in early 2014.
Earlier this year, Murphy told Billboard the album sessions began after he got together with Youth — who also is set to work on the new Echo & The Bunnymen album — “just to see how it went.” He said: “We did it ourselves, just like a week to see what would go over, and basically we did the album in four and a half days. It was like dropping off the edge of a cliff and no turning back, and it was really exciting.”
The “Miracula” event follows a new round of California dates next month on Murphy’s “Mr. Moonlight Tour,” on which he’s celebrating the 35th anniversary of Bauhaus.
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