Having played their first date at Liverpool’s Eric’s Club on November 15th, Echo & The Bunnymen are rapidly approaching their 25th anniversary.
By way of celebration, Echo & The Bunnymen’s first five albums, have been re-mastered and expanded and are scheduled to be re-issued on October 27th through WSM in the UK. The albums – Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine, Ocean Rain and Echo & The Bunnymen – will be re-packaged, and feature new inner artwork and photos, plus personal comments from the band.
Each album is bolstered by a healthy ration of extras, non album singles, b-sides, EPs, live tracks and studio out-takes, many of which are either ultra rare or are previously unreleased.
As part of a world tour commemorating the 25th Anniversary, Echo and the Bunnymen, still fronted by founder members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, have announced that they will be doing the following shows in October / November / December 2003.
Full dates as follows:
23rd Oct BOSTON, Paradise Club, U.S.A
& THE BUNNYMEN have been confirmed to play the Witnness Festival on
Saturday July 12th, which takes place at Punchestown Racecourse.
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A rare chance to see this hugely influential band who were separated for years. Formed in Liverpool in ‘78, EATB are one of the more successful and talented new wave bands to come out of Britain and enjoy worldwide cult status. Their neo-psychedelic, gloomy pop made them one of the era’s leading post-punk acts, after singer Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sargent spent the summer of 1978 recording with a drum machine known as Echo! After the release of the 1985 compilation Songs to Learn and Sing and 1987 album (which peaked at No. 4 in the U.K.), McCulloch began a solo career, leaving the band in 1988. The band continued, releasing the 1990 album ‘Reverberation’ with guest singer Noel Burke before formally splitting up later that year. After two successful solo albums, McCulloch reunited with Sargent in 1994 which led to a 1997 Echo and the Bunnymen reunion, touring briefly and releasing a new album called Evergreen. Their last album – Flowers, was released in May 2001 and followed by a UK tour in February 2002. Ian McCulloch recently supported Coldplay on their UK tour in April.
Back in January 2001, Will Sergeant and Ian McCulloch were at The Dairy, a studio in South London, finishing the mixes for “Flowers”, their eighth full length album. The two of them were working close together, having fun and hit a creative peak on a par with those halcyon days of 1984 when they were writing and recording the classic ‘Ocean Rain’ record. For the album, Ian and Will worked together for ten days writing the songs before recording them in their home town of Liverpool. Alongside Ian and Will were three local players; Alex Gleave (bass), Vinny Jamieson (drums) and Ceri James (keyboards).
The first fruits of this latest Bunnymen venture were the single “It’s Alright” released in April followed by the release of the album “Flowers” on Cooking Vinyl. The second single “Make Me Shine” was released in August 2001. The album garnered some of the best reviews of their career with The Times suggesting it was their best since the 'comeback' in 1997 and The Independent considering it their best to date. 'Flowers' is an instantly recognisable Bunnymen record which hints persistently and remarkably at their astonishing debut LP from 1980, 'Crocodiles', with its chiming guitars, psychedelic flashes, melodic hooks and plenty of Will Sergeant 'weirdness'. As of old, it's driven by a powerful drum sound and looping bass lines underpinning Ian McCulloch's self-styled crooning and impassioned vocals.
Echo & The Bunnymen also released a four CD retrospective box set in 2001, entitled 'Crystal Days - 1979 - 1999' which featured the rare, the unreleased, the lost and the live over 72 tracks, starting from the original version of 'Monkeys' through to selections from 1999's ‘What Are You Going To Do With Your Life'.
August 2001 saw the Bunnymen play two amazing shows in their hometown, Liverpool, at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). The shows were recorded for their first official live Bunnymen album & DVD, released 4th February 2002. The 17 tracks include classics such as ‘Rescue’ ‘Never Stop’, ‘Killing Moon’, ‘The Cutter’ and ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’.