Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Echo & the Bunnymen to Perform Early LPs

If you haven't checked out Echo & the Bunnymen's Facebook page lately, you have missed a magnificent piece of news. It reads:

"Echo & The Bunnymen will be taking the Crocs & HUH shows to the USA in May. More details to follow soon."

Yep, America is about to be treated to the band's first two albums -- 'Crocodiles' and 'Heaven Up Here' -- performed in their entirety. By all accounts, the UK shows they performed last month featuring the two albums back to back were a success, but I'm wondering if this is stretching the concept of performing albums a bit too far. I got into the spirit when Echo & the Bunnymen performed 'Ocean Rain' with an orchestra a while back because it's the band's masterpiece, but even that record probably has a moment (or two) that's probably not worth revisiting. Don't get me wrong... I really like Echo & the Bunnymen's 1980 and 1981 LPs, but performing them in this manner is only for a sliver of the band's U.S. fandom. OK, I vented. Truthfully, I'll be really happy if Seattle is one of their stops. Stay tuned for dates.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles (mp3)
Echo & the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here (mp3)

Update: 1/24/11
The dates are in and, yes, it's a bit disappointing. Congratulations if you're one of the winners.

May 9: Paradise Club -- Boston
May 11: 9:30 Club -- Washington, D.C.
May 12: Trocadero -- Philadelphia
May 13: Iriving Plaza -- New York
May 16: Phoenix Theatre -- Toronto
May 17: Vic Theatre -- Chicago
May 19: Warfield Theatre -- San Francisco
May 20: Red Rock Casino -- Las Vegas
May 21: Club Nokia Theatre -- Los Angeles
May 22: House of Blues -- Anaheim, Calif.

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