Reunions, Setlist, Video — December 2, 2019 at 7:18 am

Watch: Bauhaus performs Brian Eno’s ‘Third Uncle’ for first time in 2 decades

Bauhaus circa 2008 | Photo by Anton Corbijn

Bauhaus closed out its three-night reunion at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday night by saving a surprise for the end of the night: the band’s first performance of its cover of Brian Eno’s “Third Uncle” since its first reunion tour in 1998 — and only its second airing since 1983.

The band — Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins — only tinkered slightly with the set it performed on Nov. 3 and 4, dropping “Kick in the Eye” and “The Three Shadows, Part II” but keeping “The Passion of Lovers,” which was added to the set on the second night.

Then came a second encore of “Third Uncle,” not played by Bauhaus since a stop in Portugal on the penultimate night of 1998’s Resurrection Tour, and, before that, in England in the summer of 1983.

Check out video of the “Third Uncle” performance via Mitchel Wilson — and the full setlist — below.

Originally splitting in 1983, Bauhaus first reunited for well-received tours in 1998 and then again in 2005, but the group had not played live since it finished its European tour in early 2006. The band followed that up with a new album, Go Away White, released in 2008. But that also marked Bauhaus’s end, as the group crumbled in acrimony and didn’t tour or promote the new record.

There have been no announcements of further Bauhaus reunion activity.



Bauhaus, Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA, 12/1/19

1. “Rosegarden Funeral of Sores” (John Cale cover)
2. “Double Dare”
3. “In The Flat Field”
4. “A God in an Alcove”
5. “In Fear of Fear”
6. “Spy in the Cab”
7. “Terror Couple Kill Colonel”
8. “Swing the Heartache”
9. “She’s In Parties”
10. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
11. “The Man With the X-Ray Eyes”
12. “Stigmata Martyr”
13. “Silent Hedges”
14. “The Passion of Lovers”
14. “Dark Entries”

16. “Sister Midnight” (Iggy Pop cover)
17. “Telegram Sam” (T. Rex cover)
18. “Ziggy Stardust” (David Bowie cover)

Encore 2:
19. “Third Uncle” (Brian Eno cover)





  1. Jake McSplattenphat

    Who plays the congas?? Lol.

  2. That December 1 show was a trainwreck. It started out super solid and began to fall apart during Swing the Heartache with serious guitar problems causing half the song to have no guitar. Bela was a total disaster with vocal microphone problems. I swear Daniel was playing all of Ziggy in the wrong key. There were tons of sloppy mistakes.
    Peter didn’t even know the words for Third Uncle. Why would you do a second encore with a song you don’t know!!??? The wheels fell off that train mid way through and it crashed and burned right at the end. I had really high hopes. I got to see Peter and David play the In The Flat Field album in it’s entirety a few months prior and it was flawless. Not sure what happened last night.

  3. Saw them in Nov. 4 and it was amazing. Great show. Other than Murphy singing a bum note on Ziggy, it was wonderful. Glad I got to see them again.

  4. Kris Collis

    OMG you lucky sons of bitches that got to see them in Cali

  5. bauhaus90210

    Hey Hoffman
    Thanks for the objective review. Sounds like the usual problems are coming to the fore, finances and Pete’s inability to keep his large ego in check. Although I surmise Danny is somewhat a prima-donna himself, so not all Pete’s fault but mostly his on the interpersonal level.

    Also, I would have liked to have heard some lesser played songs from their last two reunions and Pete’s Bau shows. Sanity Assassin, Black Stone Heart, Endless Summer of the Damned, Mask, Honeymoon Croon, etc. Man w Xray Eyes, Nightclubbing were steps in the right direction. I would have inc Third Uncle but they butchered it like you stated.

  6. HalloweenJack

    DavidJ’s bass was off and Peter came in at the wrong part… this could have kicked ass with a rehearsal! Regardless, I’d love to see them again.

  7. Saw the second and third shows. Yes there were some major audio probs, but this was an odd night for a third show. Also, for every time I have seen any form of theses four gents, Pete’s voice is scratchy and he misses some notes and Danny is sloppy. David plays fretless, which is both beautiful and dangerous, while Kevin loves his sound effects.
    In the end it makes every show you’ll ever see unique and exciting.

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