Friday, April 25, 2008

Echo & the Bunnymen turn 30

See, turning 30 isn't so bad? One of my absolute favorite bands, Echo & the Bunnymen, will be celebrating their 30th year together with a series of live shows commemorating their epic LP, 1984's Ocean Rain. While I'm partial to the dramatic rawness of Porcupine, I am thrilled to hear that Mac and Co. will be performing Ocean Rain in its entirety (with an orchestra!) Wednesday, October 1st at Radio City Music Hall. You better believe I'm getting tickets!

Check out Saturday, April 26th at 12PM EST for exclusive rights for a week of pre-sale tickets. Only those fans subscribed to the newsletter (moi!) will have access to the purchase link and password. General public tickets are slated to go on sale a week later.

In other Bunnymen news, the band is putting the final polish on their forthcoming album, The Fountain. Produced by Scots songwriter John McLaughlin (Busted, Liberty X, Westlife), Ian McCulloch claims it's his best material to date.

"It is exciting - it is probably the best thing I've ever done in my life," McCulloch shared with the UK's Sunday Mail. "Obviously I have loads of love for the older stuff but this one sounds almost like a debut album with a lot of hard rock. I hate using the word rock, it's not right for us. It's more vibrant and hardish. I think we will always be of the moment because so many bands have either been inspired by us or blatantly ripped us off, which makes us current. It's the same with the Velvet Underground."

Here's a clip of Echo & the Bunnymen performing the Ocean Rain track "Nocturnal Me":

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