Echo & the Bunnymen played Irving Plaza (belated pics)
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
There was nothing wrong with the Bunnymen show [in Washinton DC] on Friday [April 30th]. OK, that's not exactly true. We could have done without some of those meandering medleys that seemed to exist just so Ian McCulloch could sing a verse of "Walk on the Wild Side." The band sounded fine, Will Sergeant still plays great guitar, McCulloch still earns the right to wear sunglasses (and smoke) indoors. We put up with a handful of new tunes and they played all the hits everyone came to hear: "Bring on the Dancing Horses," "Seven Seas," "Villiers Terrace," "Lips Like Sugar," "The Killing Moon," etc.
A few dudes in their 40s and 50s wearing Docksides danced and played air guitar. It was fun, but all nostalgia, as it goes for an increasing number of shows these days. At these kinds of shows expectations will often be met, but rarely exceeded. (Note: This is not a cut-and-dried rule and when you hear me claim that the Clean played show of the year on Friday night, feel free to call me out.) [Washington Post]
Echo and the Bunnymen played two nights in a row at Irving Plaza, May 1st and 2nd, a pair of shows that wrapped up their post-Coachella North American tour. The first was with Kelly Stoltz instead of Hatcahm Social and the second was opened by Apollo Heights.
All upcoming tour dates, a new Blogotheque session and more pictures from the second NYC show, below...
Echo and the Bunnymen
Echo and the Bunnymen - 2010 Tour Dates
Jul 17 FIB Heineken 2010 Festival Castellon, ES
Sep 09 Robin Hill Countyside Adventure Park Newport, Isle of Wright, GB
Dec 04 Birmingham City Students Union North Campus Birmingham, Birmingham, gb
Dec 04 O2 Academy Birmingham, GB
Dec 08 O2 Academy Glasgow, GB
Dec 09 O2 Brixton Academy London, GB
Dec 11 Olympia Liverpool, GB