The sun was far from being set when the vampires emerged, but as the show went on, Bauhaus and its fans saw dusk and night fall much to their delight.
Bauhaus, one of the pioneers in the Gothic Rock movement, swooped into town Sunday evening and offered a tray of delightful goodies to the brooding audience. And like the quick kiss of death, the concert - which ran only 11/2 hours - was finished.The reunited band - bassist David Jay, guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins - emerged through foggy mist and cranked out "Double Dare," as vocalist Peter Murphy's pale countenance flashed on a closed circuit TV monitor.
When the sullen Murphy finally stepped onto the stage, the audience screamed in approval.
The set was filled with a healthy mix of up-tempo shiners and slow, crawling dirges.
"In the Flat Field," "In Fear of Fear" and "Hollow Hills" were some of the eerie elements that filled Saltair's wooden rafters.
Murphy's voice rang through blood-curdling howls and gravelly rumbles. Ash's guitar chimed away with its dagger-sharp tones, as Jay's bass snaked throughout the arrangements.
Meanwhile, Haskins' drums served as the heartbeat.
"Silent Hedges," "Passion of Lovers" and "Dark Entries" were more of the sinister songs that oozed from the instruments.
Bauhaus also played a cover of the Dead Can Dance's "Severance," two encores - "Telegram Sam," "Ziggy Stardust" - and the payoff, "Bela Lugosi's Dead."
During "Bela . . . " Murphy emerged from the shadows in a black hooded cloak and caressed a keyboard as black and white images of windows appeared at the corners of the backdrop.
Although there were times when the band appeared to be going through the motions, it delivered well and left the audience craving more.