Echo and the Bunnymen Reveal North American Dates for 2014 Summer Tour
Echo & the Bunnymen, the post-punk band that every hipster claims to have been into since forever (but really only discovered thanks to the Donnie Darko soundtrack), have just announced when and where they’ll be playing in North America during their summer tour to promote their upcoming album Meteorites. The guys will kick things off this side of the pond (following a European leg throughout most of May) in Los Angeles at the Orpheum Theater on August 1. They then make their way up through the Pacific Northwest with shows in Portland, OR, Vancouver, and Seattle. After that it’s a few stop in the Midwest, followed by two nights at Irving Plaza in New York on August 5 and 6, and eventually closing things out in Philadelphia on August 19.
Arguably the most recognizable outcome of the Liverpool psychedelic scene of the 70s and 80s, Echo & the Bunnymen scored critical success (as well as earning a devoted fanbase) with their 1980 debut album Crocodiles. But it was their fourth album, 1984’s Ocean Rain, which spawned some of the group’s most recognizable songs, including “The Killing Moon” and “Lips Like Sugar.” A complete band reorganization, along with the poorly received Reverberation in 1990, followed after frontman Ian McCulloch’s departure to work on his solo career. Eventually, all the surviving original members reformed in 1997 and have been steadily releasing albums ever since (along the way there was the addition of new touring members and the departure of original bassists Les Pattinson). Meteorites will be released in the UK on April 28 and on June 3 in the US.