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ECHO Echo echo and the BUNNYMEN Bunnymen bunnymen TOUR Tour tour

Echo & The Bunnymen, the second best band to ever come out of Liverpool, England, have announced they are releasing their 10th full length album Siberia in September, on Cooking Vinyl. Siberia’s first single “Stormy Weather” precedes the album. Echo & The Bunnymen, also called Echo for short, are perhaps best remembered for their albums Heaven Up Here, which became the group’s first top ten album on the UK charts, and Porcupine which peaked at #2 on those same charts. Ocean Rain became their first album to chart in the US Top 100, and their self titled grey album Echo and The Bunnymen reached #51 on the US charts. Beloved for their sweeping, cinematic music the band contributed the song “Bring On The Dancing Horses” to the John Hughes film Pretty In Pink in 1986 (Gosh, do you suppose there was a backlash like with The Shins and Garden State?). Echo’s 1984 top ten hit “The Killing Moon” is featured in the opening sequence of Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko. The band currently consists of founding members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, whose collaboration dates back nearly 30 years. Life hasn’t been easy for the band over the years. In 1988, McCullough left the band to pursue a solo career. Drummer Pete de Frietas, who replaced the original drum machine “Echo,” left the band in 1986 and died in a car accident in 1989. Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson released the album Reverberation under the Echo & The Bunnymen name, with the singer Noel Burke filling in for McCulloch, in 1990. McCulloch and Sergeant reunited in 1994, and formed the band Electrifixion. In 1997, they were rejoined by Pattinson, and released the Echo & The Bunnymen album Evergreen. The last two Echo & The Bunnymen albums, What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? and Flowers were primarily recorded by the McCulloch/Sergeant team, and the duo were accompanied on tour by bassist Pete Wilkinson and drummer Simon Finley, who also played on McCulloch’s 2003 solo album Slideling. Fellow 80’s groups The Psychedelic Furs joined Echo on tour in 2001. Wilkinson and Finley round out the band for Siberia. Producer Hugh Jones twiddled the knobs as he did on Heaven Up Here. Sunglasses? Check. Jacket? Check. Tangible aura of cool? Check, and check. Suitcases packed, Echo & The Bunnymen set out on tour to promote Siberia this fall. For fans of Echo & The Bunnymen, the touring time can’t come soon enough. McCulloch’s voice, once a broad instrument, is now a cigarette addled croak reminiscent of a baby vampire, but he has not lost the emotion with which he infused his singing. Sergeant’s guitar never picked up smoking, and it still rings well. The band has a couple of weeks of tourdates scheduled in Europe, and are also set to play the United States in November, and December. The dates offer a rare opportunity to see a band who once seemed destined for arena rock, and who surely deserved that kind of attention, in small, intimate settings. You shouldn’t let the fact that Chris Martin and Moby enjoy their music stop you. Echo & The Bunnymen will finish out their tour at the Liverpool Academy in Liverpool. (via tiny mixed tapes)

Good God, are the tourdates the only thing that you care about?:
08.26.05 – Leeds, UK – Bramham Park
09.10.05 – Pordenone, ITA – Fiera Della Musica
10.22.05 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms(Won’t you come on down to my rescue?)
10.24.05 – Sheffield, UK – The Leadmill
10.27.05 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
10.30.05 – Birmingham, UK – Birmingham Academy
10.31.05 – Portsmouth, UK – Portsmouth Pyramid Rooms
11.01.05 – London, UK – Sheperd’s Bush Empire
11.03.05 – Cologne, GER – Prime Club
11.04.05 – Hamburg, GER – Grunspan
11.06.05 – Berlin, GER – Columbia Club
11.07.05 – Copenhagen, DEN – Vega Jnr
11.08.05 – Amsterdam, NET – Paradiso
11.10.05 – Antwerp, BEL – Hof Der Lo
11.18.05 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
11.19.05 – Boston, MA – Axis
11.20.05 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
11.22.05 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of The Living Arts
11.23.05 – Toronto, ON – Carlu
11.25.05 – Chicago, IL – Metro/Smart Bar
11.26.05 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
11.28.05 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
11.30.05 – Boise, ID – The Big Easy
12.01.05 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
12.02.05 – Vancouver, BC – Richard’s On Richard
12.03.05 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
12.05.05 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
12.06.05 – Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues(Is this the blues I’m singing?)
12.07.05 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues (Is this the blues I’m singing?)
12.09.05 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
12.16.05 – Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Academy