Posted in music | tour dates on January 26, 2011

by BBG

Echo & The Bunnymen (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Echo & The Bunnymen

Echo & The Bunnymen will repeat themselves, sort of. The band will return to North America to focus on, like they did at Radio City, playing a full album (actually albums) for a tour that includes Irving Plaza on May 13 (the site of their last NYC appearance) and with Kelley Stoltz, who joined them at the venue in 2008 and on a UK tour in 2010... but that's where the similarities end.

Whereas the Radio City show focused on Ocean Rain in its entirety, Irving Plaza will focus on their first TWO LPs, Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here, in their entirety, plus a selection of "hits". Tickets for the NYC show are on sale in regular and VIP varieties, which include "front of the line access, a poster, and access to a designated area of the balcony". All dates below.

In related news, Kelley Stoltz was involved in a fascinating project by Sonny Smith:

Last year, local songwriter/cool guy Sonny Smith started an art project you may have heard a thing or two about: He invented 100 fake bands, wrote 100 different singles from each one (with an A side and B side!), and made art for those 100 singles.

But then, Smith and a bunch of friends began recording some of those songs... Collaborators on the project include: Ty Segall, Kelley Stoltz, the Sandwitches, Tim Cohen of the Fresh & Onlys, and others. -[SF Weekly]

Here's a bit more ridiculousity, as each single has its own post, band name, and bio (!) on the 100 Records site. I guess none of this would matter if the jams weren't interesting, but you can judge for yourself in the streaming song "I Wanna Do It" by Earth Girl Helen Brown below. The track comes from the new release Sonny Smith's 100 Records Volume 2: I Miss The Jams, out now on CD via Turn Up Records.

That song stream, all tour dates and some video is below.

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Sonny Smith's 100 Records Volume 2: I Miss The Jams - I Wanna Do It - Earth Girl Helen Brown

Echo and the Bunnymen - A promise - Liverpool 2010

Echo and the Bunnymen - Heaven up here - Liverpool 2010

Kelley Stoltz - Your Reverie

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN - 2011 TOUR DATES
9th May Boston - Paradise Club
11th May Washington - 9.30 club
12th May Philadelphia - Trocadero
13th May New York - Irving Plaza
16th May Toronto - Phoenix Theatre
17th May Chicago - Vic Theatre
19th May San Francisco - Warfield Theatre
20th May Las Vegas - Red Rock Casino
21st May L.A. - Club Nokia Theatre
22nd May Anaheim - House Of Blues

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KELLEY STOLTZ - 2011 TOUR DATES
Saturday 26 February: CURTIN BANDROOM, MELBOURNE: w/ Lawrence Arabia, Divorced + more!
Saturday 5 March: THE TOTE, MELBOURNE: w/ Sunny Tones, Sonny & the Sunsets, Beaches, Super Wild Horses + more!
Wednesday 9 March: FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY: w/ Sonny & the Sunsets supporting THE CLEAN w/ Smudge.
Thursday 10 March: GOODGOD SMALL CLUB, SYDNEY: w/ Sonny & the Sunsets, Bed Wettin' Bad Boys.
Friday 11 March: CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE: w/ THE CLEAN w/ Gary Olson + Actor Slash Model
Saturday 12 March: GOLDEN PLAINS: w/ Sonny & the Sunsets

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Comments (24)

Humm.. It´s good to see that they still in action and with lots of collaborations.

Posted by Joao Crawford | January 26, 2011 11:37 AM

Live Nation is out of control with all these little bs add on's/ front of the line, coat check et al. Assh*les.Making the concert experience lamer piece by piece. At a minimum they could have dj's that play decent music between bands. They play the stupidist shit between sets

Posted by dfraser | January 26, 2011 11:50 AM

"A selection of hits" is code speak for "Yes, we're still going to play Lips Like Sugar and Killing Moon."

I still love to see them live, but I really wish I'd had the chance to see them before a few thousand cartons of cigarettes ruined Mac's voice.

Posted by Seitz | January 26, 2011 11:59 AM

i'll go, but only if they play that song from Donnie Darko... "the Killing Moons"

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 12:01 PM

They were my favorite live band back in the day, but haven't seen them since the 80's.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 12:06 PM

Stars are Stars, Crocodiles, Read it in Books and Do It Clean are enough to get me to buy a ticket! Woot!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 12:12 PM

Having seen the Bunnymen in 1981 and again last year at Brixton playing this same set I can tell you it was remarkable how little Mac's voice has changed. Choice of extra songs was a bit random though no idea why Lips Like Sugar was churned out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 1:35 PM

Wow, really? Maybe it was studio tricks, but his voice sounds a lot different than it did on pretty much everything up through Mysterio. He can't really howl like he used to.

And they played Lips Like Sugar because they ALWAYS play Lips Like Sugar. I've seen them 7 or 8 times in the last 15 years, and the only time they didn't play it was when they were touring as Electrafixion. For half the people in the crowd at American shows, it's probably one of the only three songs they know.

Posted by Seitz | January 26, 2011 2:08 PM

*Note: Motorcycle parking not available at this time.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 26, 2011 2:39 PM

seems a bit desperate but if they were gonna play two LPs, those would be my choices.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 3:01 PM

Psyched for this.

Posted by Titzy | January 26, 2011 3:03 PM

when will this band give up?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 3:13 PM

nevah!

Posted by alfred pennyworth | January 26, 2011 3:36 PM

I saw them in SF last year and thought Ian's voice was incredible....a bit smokier than in his youth, but still powerful and distinctly Echo. Not to mention, Will Sergeant is a remarkable guitarist to watch.

Kelley Stoltz opened for them out here and was perfect. Not sure why he doesn't get more attention....that guy just oozes well-written catchy music.

Posted by ts | January 26, 2011 5:02 PM

Posted by dfraser | January 26, 2011 11:50 AM

You can pay extra and get to the front of the line? Gee, what is this, the TSA?

Posted by nygrump | January 26, 2011 6:10 PM

Although I'm sure this show will be so so, good for the band to play both albums in one night. Compared to other shit bands raping the fans (weezer) by making them come two separate nights... Buzzcocks killed it when they played at Irving last year!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 8:27 PM

They were great at Coachella last year. This is something i won't miss. If you haven't scene them in a while, they an still bring it.

Posted by james christian | January 26, 2011 8:55 PM

my dad took me to see them at my behest when i was in 7th grade. it was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 11:51 PM

It's worth mentioning that Kelley Stoltz recorded a track-by-track cover of Crocodiles...I'd say that's a significant "similarity":

http://www.subpop.com/releases/kelley_stoltz/full_lengths/crockodials

Posted by Jon | January 27, 2011 5:49 PM

Echo and the Bunnymen. A band I just don't get.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 8:10 PM

Woot can't wait for tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 10:24 AM

Saw the show in Philly last night. I would have gone just to see the song Crocodiles...but to get the complete first two albums sealed the deal. The addition of "hits" meant to keep the general public happy was a bit odd. So you deal with Lips and get to hear.Killing Moon, Dancing Horses and Cutter. Well worth it.

Posted by Burooj119 | May 13, 2011 10:55 AM

hey 8:10 - they don't get you either.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 11:30 AM

Yeah Crocodiles is a classic album!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 11:33 AM

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