Echo And The Bunnymen Tickets
Echo and the Bunnymen is a famous rock band originating from Liverpool, England. Formed in 1978, they rose to prominence with the release of their debut album, Crocodiles, in 1980. After several critical and commercial successes, the band underwent lineup changes and eventually split in 1993. After a four year hiatus, the band reunited in 1997 and has released several other successful albums. The Bunnymen are now setting out on a tour of the United States, which will take them to most major cities in the country over a three month period. To catch the band’s shows live, get Echo & the Bunnymen tickets and watch them rock the stage live.
Having released twelve studio albums over the course of their career, the Bunnymen have a vast repertoire of songs to their name. Some of their greatest hits include “The Killing Moon,” “Seven Seas” and “The Cutter,” while their most famous albums include Ocean Rain, Heaven Up Here and Porcupine.
In 1977, Ian McCulloch was part of the band, the Crucial Three, alongside Pete Wylie and Julian Cope. Wylie left the band after a while and Cope and McCulloch regrouped to form a new band, A Shallow Madness. Cope and McCulloch eventually had a falling out and McCulloch went on to form Echo & the Bunnymen with bassist Les Pattinson and guitarist Will Sergeant. The new band made its debut at Liverpool’s famous Eric Club by playing a twenty minute show.
Echo & the Bunnymen released their first single in May, 1979. Titled “The Pictures on My Wall,” it was released via Zoo Records. The B side featured a collaboration between McCulloch and Cope, titled “Read it in Books.”
The band’s debut album, Crocodiles, was released in 1980. To record the album, the band incorporated the services of drummer Pete de Freitas, who went on to join them permanently. The album received widespread critical acclaim, and on the back of the hit single “Rescue,” reached the Top 20 of the British Albums chart.
Following the success of their debut album, the band released its follow-up a year later. Heaven Up Here was an even greater commercial and critical success than their previous effort and reached the UK Top Ten at number ten. They enjoyed their first major hit with the single, “The Back of Love.” On the back of the song’s success, the band was invited to perform at the WOMAD festival and their fan following slowly grew.
The Bunnymen released their third album, Porcupine, in 1983. The album spawned the hit single “The Cutter” and the record reached number two on the UK Albums chart. They released their biggest hit to date in the form of Ocean Rain. The album was a huge success and reached number four on the albums chart. It spawned the singles “Silver” and “Seven Seas,” both of which performed well on the charts.
The band found it hard to follow up Ocean Rain, but still found success with the eponymous Echo & the Bunnymen (1987). It was their biggest hit in the US and spawned the hits songs “The Killing Moon” and “Lips like Sugar.” The album also contained the song “Bring on the Dancing Horses,” which was used on the soundtrack of the film, Pretty in Pink. The “Killing Moon” was also used in film soundtracks and was featured in movies, Donnie Darko and Grosse Pointe Blank.
Split and Reformation
Despite their success, all was not well within the band. Eventually, McCulloch left in 1988, while de Freitas was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 1989. Noel Burke, Damon Reece and Jack Brockman were recruited to complete the lineup and the new look Bunnymen released the album Reverberation in 1990. It was a flop and failed to generate fan interest; the group disbanded as a consequence.
By 1997, the three original members of the group, McCulloch, Sergeant and Les Pattinson reunited and resurrected the band’s original name. They started releasing new material under the Bunnymen banner, starting off with the Top 10 album, Evergreen. The trio followed it up with What Are You Going To Do with Your Life?, after which Les Pattinson quit.
Sergeant and McCulloch have continued to produce music and tour as the Bunnymen since then. The band’s latest albums were 2009’s The Fountain and 2014’s Meteorites. While McCulloch and Sergeant remain the band’s only two permanent members, their touring company includes drummer Nicholas Kilroe, bassist Stephen Barnnan, guitarist Gordy Goudie and keyboardist Jez Wing.
The Bunnymen are set to embark on a US tour; to watch them live in concert, get your Echo & the Bunnymen tickets and catch them headline another epic rock party.