Tour Dates — August 12, 2023 at 4:51 pm

Peter Murphy drops off delayed “Celebrating David Bowie” tour due to ill health

Peter Murphy | Photo by Gabriel Edvy 

The latest installment of the “Celebrating David Bowie” tour already has been rescheduled once after Peter Murphy underwent “an unexpected medical procedure,” and now the Bauhaus frontman is dropping out of the project altogether.

Tour organizers announced Friday that “Peter Murphy will be unable to join the fall tour dates due to ill health and doctor’s orders to rest and recover.” Murphy’s medical condition has not been disclosed.

The tour, featuring guitarist Adrian Belew and members of Spacehog and A Perfect Circle, will proceed as planned, organizers said, “with special guests joining along the way.”

In a statement, Murphy said, “I sorely regret not (being) able to play concerts at this time. I am sure the CDB shows will be great.”

The Celebrating David Bowie tour originally had been planned for April and May of this year. But in March, organizers announced it would be rescheduled for the fall after Murphy underwent “an unexpected medical procedure that prohibits his ability to travel as planned.”

The tour will take place in October and November. See for more information.

The show will find the assembled musicians spotlighting David Bowie’s greatest hits with a heavy focus on Ziggy Stardust, the Berlin trilogy — Low, “Heroes” and Lodger — and “his later Trent Reznor-infused years.”

Belew — who has played with both Bowie and Nine Inch Nails — will be joined by guitarist Scrote, Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon, A Perfect Circle members Matt McJunkins (bass) and Jeff Friedl (drums), saxophonist Ron Dziubla and guitarist Eric Schermerhorn, who played with Bowie’s Tin Machine.

Here are the “Celebrating David Bowie” dates:


Celebrating David Bowie 2023 tour dates

Oct. 10: Tacoma, WA @ Temple Theatre
Oct. 11: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Oct. 14: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Oct. 16: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
Oct. 17: San Diego, CA @ Music Box
Oct. 18: Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
Oct. 20: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Oct. 21: Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa Theater
Oct. 22: Grand Prairie, TX @ Texas Trust CU Theatre
Oct. 24: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct. 25: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Oct. 26: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Oct. 29: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
Oct. 31: St. Petersburg, FL M@ ahaffey Theater
Nov. 3: Chattanooga, TN @ Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 5: Virginia Beach, VA @ Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 6: Washington D.C. @ The Hamilton Live
Nov. 10: Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
Nov. 11: Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
Nov. 12: Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Nov. 14: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Arts
Nov. 15: Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Nov. 16: Lynn, MA @ Lynn Auditorium
Nov. 17: Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre
Nov. 20: Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
Nov. 21: Chicago, IL @ Copernicus Center
Nov. 22: Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre






  1. To the surprise of absolutely no one.

    • I can’t say I was surprised. Canceled back in May and now November and beyond. I hope he’s ok. It really sucked to break the news to my kid that he’s still not well and they canceled again. It was for her 16th birthday. Sh*t happens. Hope he gets better

  2. The thought of seeing such a top=tier “spawn of Bowie” as Murphy sharing the stage with Belew seriously had me considering going. I hesitated, however, due to Murphy’s notoriety or unpredictable reliability. Glad I did.

    No one wants mic stands bludgeoning their jaw off out of place during Space Oddity (see David J’s book for more on Murphy’s unhinged violence against fans during shows) or for the Gothfather to walk off mid-second verse of Life on Mars.

    Love his work with Bauhaus to death and some of his solo output, too. but as a person, I feel sorry for him. He’s a mess.

  3. Agree with Exit. Truly sad. You hate to see your true favorites go through stuff like this.

  4. Heartbreaking!! Was really looking forward to seeing Peter again!! Second row tickets even!! In my experience, he is always the consummate professional. I’ve even brought my kids to see him…he is adored by so many!! Please rest, recover and reinvigorate…we need you, Peter!!
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