One of the most influential British bands in modern history, Echo and The Bunnymen, have announced a 16-date UK tour for May next year.
The tour, which opens at Sheffield City Hall on Friday May 7 2021, will celebrate songs that have brought the group 20 top 20 hits and nine top 20 albums so far during their incredible 40-year career.
The band’s seminal albums Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain have been a major influence for acts such as Coldplay, The Killers and The Flaming Lips, while later albums Evergreen, What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? and Siberia & Meteorites demonstrate what an amazing body of work the band has.
Their latest album The Stars and The Oceans and The Moon was released in autumn 2018 with Q Magazine calling it “Magical”.
The Bunnymen are still revered in popular culture with the highly acclaimed and culturally phenomenal Netflix series Stranger Things’ using their song Nocturnal Me while the equally comparable 13 Reasons Why has used The Killing Moon, a song also used on another Netflix show Dead of Summer.
Echo and the Bunnymen star Ian McCulloch, vocals, and Will Sergeant on guitar.The English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of McCulloch, Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band’s drummer.
Their 1980 debut album, Crocodiles, went into the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart.
After releasing their second album, Heaven Up Here in 1981, the band’s cult status was followed by mainstream success in the UK in 1983, when they scored a UK Top 10 hit with The Cutter, and the album which the song came from, Porcupine, hit number two in the UK.Ocean Rain continued the band’s UK chart success with its lead single The Killing Moon entering the top 10.
After releasing a self-titled album in 1987, McCulloch left the band and was replaced by former St Vitus Dance singer Noel Burke.
In 1989, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident. After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant regrouped with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo and the Bunnymen, before Pattinson’s departure in 1998.
In the 1982 book Liverpool Explodes!, Will Sergeant explained the origin of the band’s name: “We had this mate who kept suggesting all these names like The Daz Men or Glisserol and the Fan Extractors. Echo and the Bunnymen was one of them. I thought it was just as stupid as the rest.”
The tour dates for May 2021Friday May 7 2021: Sheffield City HallSaturday May 8: Birmingham O2 AcademyMonday May 10: Liverpool PhilharmonicWednesday May 12: London RoundhouseFriday May 14: Cambridge RoundhouseSaturday May 15: Norwich UEASunday May 16: Northampton DerngateTuesday May 18: Leeds O2 AcademyWednesday May 19: Bristol O2 AcademyFriday May 21: Bexhill De La Warr PavilionSaturday May 22: Bournemouth O2 AcademySunday May 23: Cardiff St David’s HallTuesday May 25: Glasgow BarrowlandWednesday May 26: Gateshead SageThursday May 27: Nottingham Rock CityMonday May 31: Manchester Albert Hall
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