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
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"
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)"
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
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