Future Shock: Peter Murphy, Ringo Starr, Maria Taylor, and more

Categories: SXSW

By Niki D’Andrea

There’s something for everyone in this week’s edition of Future Shock, whether you’re a classic rock fan, a goth rock fan, or an indie rock head. Read on to see which concerts have been announced this week.

Club Tattoo Anniversary Party
With Rabbit in the Moon, Julien K, Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns, and Chester Bennington.
Saturday, May 10, 8 p.m.
Marquee Theatre in Tempe
$25 (www.luckymanonline.com)

Linkin Park singer, Club Tattoo co-founder, and Greenway High School graduate Chester Bennington returns to town for the 13th anniversary of the tattoo shop he started with Sean Dowdell. Club Tattoo’s anniversary parties are known for their posh-but-intimate settings, mixing red carpet with hard rock.

Random band fact: Prior to joining Linkin Park, Bennington was in a Phoenix grunge group called Grey Daze.

Below: Julien K performs “Technical Difficulties” with Chester Bennington:

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Peter Murphy
Monday, June 9, 6:30 p.m.
Marquee Theatre in Tempe
$23-$25 (www.luckymanonline.com)

We’re not quite sure why former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy is touring solo, as he hasn’t released a solo album since 2004’s Unshattered, but we do know that Bauhaus reunited for a one-off album called Go Away White (2008), so perhaps Murphy’s solo show will incorporate some of the new material, in addition to his solo classics like “Cut You Up” and Bauhaus standards like “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.”

Random band fact: Bauhaus performs pieces of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” in the opening sequence of the 1982 vampire movie The Hunger (starring David Bowie).

Below: The video for Peter Murphy’s “Cuts You Up”:


Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Dodge Theatre
$35-$125 (www.livenation.com)

There are only two Beatles left on Earth now -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. While Starr’s always had to take a backseat to the vaunted songwriting duo of Lennon/McCartney, he’s still a Beatle, and he’s respected and admired enough to nab other legendary musicians for his all-star band. The 2008 edition of Starr’s band includes Colin Hay, Billy Squier, and Edgar Winter.

Random band fact:: Starr designed the first in the Private Issue series of Discover Cards. He’s also been a spokesman for the American Association of Retired Persons.

Below: “Never Without You,” Ringo Starr’s tribute to George Harrison


Santana
Saturday, September 27, 8 p.m.
Cricket Wireless Pavilion
$25-$75 (www.ticketmaster.com)

Santana released a greatest hits album last year, on the heels of studio albums Shaman (2002) and All That I Am (2005). The fact that Santana’s last chart-topping album was 1999’s Supernatural shouldn’t bother fans in the least, as the band’s got a veritable catalogue of classics that should keep audiences entertained for hours.

Random band fact: Carlos Santana designs shoes and has his own line of women’s shoes, called Carlos.

Below: Santana performs “Black Magic Woman” live


Maria Taylor
With Johnathan Rice, and Taylor Hollingsworth
Friday, June 6, 8 p.m.
The Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe
$10-$12 (www.clubhousegigs.com)

Alabama native Maria Taylor -- who has made five appearances on various Bright Eyes records -- brings her brand of dreamy alternative to Tempe, with edgy blues rock artist Johnathan Rice and Southern rock lover Taylor Hollingworth in tow.

Random band fact: Taylor always removes the high E-string on her guitar.

Below: The video for Maria Taylor’s “Song Beneath the Song”

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