Back in 1978, four aspiring musicians came together in Northampton, England and formed a band called Bauhaus 1919.

The group soon shortened its name and then ventured out to write the rule-book for what would become known as goth rock. Bauhaus accomplished that feat, really, with its very first single -- "Bela Lugosi's Dead," a deeply chilling and darkly mesmerizing epic that ran more than nine minutes. It was not, by any means, radio friendly — or, for that matter, friendly at all.

Yet, it cemented Bauhaus' significance in the emerging goth rock scene. More than three decades after its release, it still stands as the genre's defining moment and is cherished by fans worldwide. In other words, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" simply won't die.

The group went on to deliver other memorable singles -- including "Kick in the Eye," "Spirit" and a cover of David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" -- during a career that originally lasted just five years. A few encores followed, with reunions in 1998 and from 2005 to 2008, but they weren't enough to satisfy the hunger for Bauhaus material.

Thankfully, here comes Peter Murphy to help out.

The group's legendary lead singer, and the genre's greatest poster boy, is marking the 35th anniversary of Bauhaus' birth during The Mister Moonlight Tour. The set lists consist entirely of Bauhaus material.

The tour stops July 23 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $27.50.


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