When goth-rock firebrands Bauhaus arrived in New York City on their first U.S. tour in 1980, they unwittingly met a trio of their heroes – Iggy Pop, guitarist Mick Ronson and original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock – in the lobby of their hotel leading to a wild, memorable night. It was Pop who left the greatest impression on the “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” band, as they would have a unforgettable run-in with him later in the tour.
The group’s drummer, Kevin Haskins, recounts the whole incredible escapade below in an excerpt from his upcoming book, Bauhaus Undead. The book, which also includes tales of the group’s liaisons with David Bowie, the Pretenders and Nico, traces the group’s original run from 1978 through 1983, as well as their reunions in 1998 and the mid-2000s, with imagery of memorabilia the drummer has held onto over the years. The book includes pictures of the group’s handmade flyers, backstage passes, posters, candid photos, set lists, contracts, instruments and handwritten lyrics.
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