Photo via David J Haskins on Facebook
Peter Murphy — still unable to get a visa to come to the U.S. from Turkey — today announced he’s rescheduling his long-planned San Francisco residency for the third time, moving the concerts, which had been scheduled to start later this month, to March 2019.
In a note posted to Murphy’s Facebook page, the postponement of the concerts is blamed on the “continuing inexplicable bureaucratic delays regarding his U.S. visa application,” and that, “despite having several attorneys, management and members of the U.S. Congress working diligently on this, there has been no word or movement on the visa application, and there is no answer as to why it is being held up.”
Murphy has announced new dates at The Chapel in San Francisco in March of next year (see below), with, once again, 15 concerts scheduled on 12 nights, with performances of many of his solo albums in full, along with three nights of Bauhaus-themed concerts. It’s not yet known if former bandmate David J will still be joining Murphy on those dates — though it seems like a safe bet, considering Murphy, in his announcement, reveals he is planning a world tour with David J to celebrate Bauhaus’ 40th anniversary.
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Dates for the “Bauhaus 40th Anniversary Ruby Tour” featuring David J, along with musicians John Andrews and Marc Slutsky, are to be announced “soon.” (That news comes as the other half of Bauhaus, Daniel Ash and David J’s brother, Kevin Haskins, continues to tour and record as Poptone.)
The Facebook post also notes Murphy’s “personal sadness” over the continued delays:
“Peter did not want to wait any longer to make this decision, even though he has indications that the visa will be issued eventually, as he is very concerned about fans making non-refundable travel and hotel arrangements. Peter wants everyone to know that the residency concept will live on, and he and the band are excited to bring these shows to The Chapel in March 2019, and to other cities and stages around the world at some point soon. For now, know that Peter is so very grateful for his amazing fans.”
Murphy’s plans for a San Francisco residency have been trouble-plagued from the start. The concerts originally were announced to take place in June and July of 2017, but were rescheduled to January and February 2018 after issues arose with the singer’s vocal chords that forced him call off the run.
The dates earlier this year were canceled and rescheduled, sometimes one by one, as the venue (and his bandmates) waited for Murphy to arrive, and, finally, were bumped altogether to this summer. They had been scheduled to start June 26 and run through July 8.
In a separate Facebook post, the management of The Chapel expressed frustration at the delays, and said ticketholders will get emails on Monday with refund and exchange information:
“Multiple efforts have been made to leave no stone unturned to try to get to the bottom of what is causing the visa delay and to try to find a way to resolve this, including a recent second application. We have been unable to get information for what has been described as ‘random administrative processing’ and no word on a timeline of when a decision is expected, despite the implications to Peter’s incredible fans and the livelihoods of the many people involved on both the production and venue side.”
Below, see the new dates, and the announcements from Murphy and the venue.
Peter Murphy’s 2019 San Francisco residency:
March 5: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Should the World Fail to Fall Apart’)
March 8 (early): The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Love Hysteria’)
March 8 (late): The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Love Hysteria’)
March 9: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Deep’)
March 10: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Deep’)
March 11: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Deep’)
March 14: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Deep’ with ‘Love Hysteria’ encore)
March 15 (early): The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Cascade’)
March 15 (late): The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Holy Smoke’)
March 18: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (‘Stripped’ tour show)
March 19 (early): The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Dust’)
March 19 (late): The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (Performing ‘Ninth’)
March 21: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (“Mr. Moonlight” Bauhaus classics)
March 22: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (“Mr. Moonlight” Bauhaus classics)
March 23: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (“Mr. Moonlight” Bauhaus classics)
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