R.I.P. "Fifth Bunnyman"
Jack Brockman

A former keyboard player with Echo and the Bunnymen has been killed in a motorbike crash on the Isle of Man.

Jake Brockman, who was 53 and married, lived in Bristol. He died when his bike was in collision with a converted ambulance near Kirk Michael on Tuesday [Sept. 1st].

Known to fans as the "Fifth Bunnyman", he had been associated with the Liverpool band since its 80s heyday and became a full-time member in 1989.

In 1989 the band's first drummer Pete De Freitas died in a similar crash. [BBC News]

Brockman (RIP) wasn't part of the band's touring lineup (which just played All Points West on August 2nd), but his playing will be represented on their forthcoming album, The Fountain, which is set to come out October 12th on Warner Bros. Tracks from that are currently streaming on the band's MySpace.

Echo and The Bunnymen are going on tour in support of that album this fall. Its North American leg happens in November and includes a show at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 22nd. Tickets go on Live Nation presale Wednesday, September 9th at 10am. General sale starts Saturday, September 12th at 10am.

Opening the show will be Hatcham Social, a band that's been described on this site as "direct musical descendants of Orange Juice, Echo & the Bunnymen or, more recently, Clearlake: scratchy but melodic, with an occasional flair for the melodramatic, and very, very British." They were scheduled to play NYC-area shows in September opening for Charlatans UK, who were forced to cancel their tour because of injury.

All Echo & The Bunnymen tour dates are below...

Echo & The Bunnymen - 2009 Tour Dates
09/12 Zaidin Festival Granada Spain
09/19 Jelen Live Belgrade Serbia
10/12 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
10/13 Manchester Ritz
10/14 Glasgow Barrowlands
10/15 London Roundhouse
10/20 Queen Elizabeth Theartre Toronto
10/22 Fox Theater - Oakland CA
10/24 NOKIA Theatre LA LIVE Los Angeles, CA
11/15 Masquerade Atlanta GA
11/17 Washington DC Black Cat
11/18 State College, PA State Theatre
11/20 Glenside PA Kewsick Theatre
11/21 Fairfield CT Stage One
11/22 New York NY Hammerstien
11/23 Boston MA House Of Blues
11/25 Chicago IL Metro
12/12 Oxford 02 Academy
12/14 Newcastle O2 Academy
12/15 Leeds O2 Academy
12/17 Liverpool O2 Academy
12/18 Liverpool O2 Academy
12/19 Liverpool O2 Academy

(thx Darren and Danny!)

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