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In the lineage of the goth-rock superhero--which runs from gothfather David Bowie through black prince Peter Murphy all the way to whatever Perry Farrell is--Andrew Eldritch is certainly the most overlooked. Never mind that the Sisters of Mercy pretty much spearheaded the so-called second wave of goth in the mid-to-late-80s, or that the current darkwave scene would barely be worth paying attention to (on the boys' side, at least) without the influence of Eldritch's opaque cool and sonorous vocal style. Of course, he scorns the silliness of the goth designation, like most of the other epicene icons it's been applied to--and not just because so many of his descendants are, in a word, suckas. He's hardly your garden-variety death rocker. How many others in the eyeliner-and-stretch-jeans set are fluent in three languages and can boast some knowledge of six more? Or have toured with Public Enemy? Or have done a couple Jim Steinman tunes, of all things? (No, Meat Loaf doesn't count.) But if goth is just a fashion choice for most, for a select few it's as inborn as blood type--and the man that sang the canonical tunes "Temple of Love," "Marian," and "Lucretia My Reflection" is undeniably one of them. In semiretirement since 1990 and in sole possession of the Sisters brand name for even longer--the rest of the band became the Mission in the mid-80s, after an acrimonious parting of ways--Eldritch still stages shows whenever he likes in the north of England, but he hasn't released jack in ages. This is the first time he's been in town since 1999, and who knows when you might next catch a glimpse of him. The Warlocks open. Tue 3/14, 7:30 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, 773-486-6672 or 312-559-1212, $36. All ages.

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