Echo & The Bunnymen Set To Tour North America

One-month outing from '80s new wavers supports upcoming What Are You Going to Do With Your Life?

Reunited new-wave trio Echo & The Bunnymen will launch a monthlong,

18-date North American tour in June to support their upcoming ninth

studio album, What Are You Going to Do With Your Life? (June 22).

The tour will kick off June 4 in Toronto and wind up June 29 at the

Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles.

What Are You Going to Do With Your Life? is the second album

from the moody Liverpool, England, band since it regrouped with founding

singer Ian McCulloch in 1997 to release Evergreen following an

almost-10-year break.

The new album features two collaborations with New York funk-rock outfit

Fun Lovin' Criminals: "Get in the Car" and "When It All Blows Over."

It also showcases what some may view as a more complex sound. A number

of tracks feature lush orchestration from the London Metropolitan Orchestra,

among them the rootsy rock song "Lost on You" and the sweeping pop tune

"Fools Like Us."

The group, which is fronted by singer McCulloch and includes guitarist

Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson, issued its debut album,

Crocodiles, in 1980. It went on to score a number of UK hits with

such morose pop songs as "The Cutter" and "Lips Like Sugar"

(RealAudio excerpt).

McCulloch departed in 1988 to pursue a solo career. The group went on to

release the poorly received Reverberation in 1990 and then remained

on hiatus until they reunited as a three-piece for Evergreen.

Founding drummer Pete De Freitas was killed in a car crash in 1989. Mike

Lee handled drum chores on the Evergreen tour and plays "Baby Rain"

on the new album.

"The whole reason we got back together was because we just realized it's

what we are," McCulloch said when Evergreen was released. "We all

agreed that it made sense, but ... we have to aim to make not only the

best rock record that we've ever made, but the best record of 1997."

Evergreen featured a number of songs that fit timelessly into the

band's trove of downbeat yet catchy hits, including "Don't Let It Get You

Down" and "I Want to Be There (When You Come)"

(RealAudio excerpt).

The full track listing for What Are You Going to Do With Your Life?

is: "Rust," "Get in the Car," "Baby Rain," "History Chimes," "Lost on

You," "Morning Sun," "When It All Blows Over," "Fools Like Us" and the

title song.

Echo & The Bunnymen North American Tour Dates:

June 4; Toronto, Ontario; to be announced

June 5; Buffalo, N.Y.; Show Place

June 6; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

June 8; Boston, Mass.; Paradise

June 9-10; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza

June 11; Philadelphia, Pa.; Theater of the Living Arts

June 14; Cleveland, Ohio; The Odeon

June 15; Pontiac, Mich.; Clutch Cargo

June 16; Chicago, Ill.; House of Blues

June 17; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

June 19; Denver, Colo.; Ogden Theater

June 21; Vancouver, British Columbia; Richard's On Richard's

June 22; Seattle, Wash.; The Fenix

June 23; Portland, Ore.; Aladdin Theater

June 25; San Francisco, Calif.; Maritime Hall

June 27; Las Vegas, Nev.; House of Blues

June 29; Los Angeles, Calif.; Mayan Theatre