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Peter Murphy happy with resumed solo career

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011

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After having his last solo album, 2004’s “Unshattered,” come out on a label that “went completely broke into bankruptcy the moment it was released,” Peter Murphy decided to be careful with his new set.

But that’s led to frustrations as well.

“I’ve had this album in my back pocket now for just over a year,” the former frontman for goth rock pioneers Bauhaus says of “Ninth,” which is indeed his ninth solo set, slated for a June 7 release. “It’s been a real test of persistence and patience. I wasn’t going to let it be released like my last one and just thrown out onto a street corner.

“And nowadays finding a label who don’t want to have half your arm, which I won’t give away, and who will support you ... was difficult. I even went through one manager because I was so frustrated with the amount of time it was taking. But in the end, here we are and it’s coming out, and I’m happy about that.”

Murphy, 53, notes that he had to “start from scratch” somewhat to get back in a solo artist mindset after reuniting with Bauhaus in 1998 and during 2005-08, including the album “Go Away White.” But while he’ll “never say never” about working with the group again, Murphy does feel it’s highly unlikely.

“I put aside my solo career in the first instance to help the other guys, who were broke,” explains Murphy, who also collaborated with nine inch nails’ Trent Reznor in 2009 and was working with the late Mick Karn at the time of his death in January. “It was exciting to be together at first, but there are personality problems among the four of us ... and it was irksome and disappointing to find that after so many years that hasn’t been resolved.

“I would find myself having to dumb myself down in order to fit into the group, which is fine ... but I would still come up with kind of deep resentments. So that was uncomfortable, and it’s nice to be out on my own again.”

Peter Murphy performs Saturday, April 9, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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