May 9 [14:00 EST] -- Don't look now, but Echo and the Bunnymen are back.
The 80s mood rock ensemble have reformed to record "Evergreen," the first album from the band's original line-up in nine years. The theatrical post-punk outfit will release its latest effort on July 15, and will make their return to the stage on May 14 in Liverpool, England. The band will then head to the U.S. for a handful of radio festival dates, and shows in New York on May 17 and 18, and Los Angeles on June 16.
The influential band can claim an all-star list of admirers (Hole covered the group's "Do It Clean" while Pavement has performed the band's songs in concert), and Echo can now apparently add Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher to those ranks.
Gallagher joined the band in the studio and recorded backing vocals for the band's first single, "Nothing Lasts Forever." But don't look for the Brit-pop singer's name in the liner notes: Gallagher's involvement in the project was very casual, and
he is not credited on the album.