Gothic rock icon Peter Murphy has been forced to cancel the remainder of his New York residency, after the former Bauhaus frontman suffered a heart attack this week.
Earlier this month, Bauhaus founder Peter Murphy embarked upon a lengthy residency in New York, performing a career retrospective that showcased the stunning array of music he has released.
Sadly, Tuesday evening’s performance was unexpectedly cancelled, with the veteran musician being rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack.
“On the evening of August 13, Peter Murphy was rushed to a local New York City hospital due to shortness of breath and was unable to perform his scheduled concert at Le Poisson Rouge,” a statement on Murphy’s website reads.
“Early Wednesday morning, it was determined that Peter had suffered a heart attack.
“Mr. Murphy was admitted for treatment of a myocardial infarction, had two stents placed in his right coronary artery, and was started on medications to manage his heart condition,” added Lenox Hill Hospital Cardiologist Jason Song.
“He remains in the hospital for continued monitoring of his condition.”
With four dates left on his New York residency, these dates have been postponed, with later dates still to be determined.
Le Poisson Rouge, the venue which was hosting Murphy, also shared a statement, noting they are “devastated” by the news, and wish him “a swift and full recovery and look forward to his successful return to LPR.”
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The news comes just nine days after the 40th anniversary of Bauhaus’ ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, the group’s debut single, and the tune often considered to be the first example of “gothic rock”.
While Peter Murphy last visited Australia in October of 2018 with Bauhaus bassist David J, the rocker was famously kicked out of his own concert last December.
“The world-famous goth rock star Peter Murphy, 61, was thrown out by organizers from his concert at Nalen in Stockholm on Wednesday night,” wrote Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
“The rejection was preceded by throwing bottles from scene that injured a concert visitor in the face. When Murphy threw out, he ended up fighting with the guards.”
A statement from organisers later claimed that Murphy had “acted in an unacceptable way towards the audience and our staff,” though the post was later deleted from social media.
We wish Peter Murphy a swift recovery from his health scare, and that he returns to the stage sooner rather than later!