Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band. When they began, their original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson, supported by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas took up the drummer’s position.
Crocodiles their 1980 debut album, was among the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart. In 1981, they released their second album titled “Heaven Up Here.” The band's cult status was soon followed by mainstream success in 1983, when they scored a UK Top 10 hit with the album "The Cutter", from which the song Porcupine, hit number 2 in the UK. In 1984, Ocean Rain continued the band's UK chart success, and since then is regarded as one of the landmark releases of the post-punk movement, with the trend setting single "The Killing Moon".
In 1988, McCulloch left the band and was replaced by former St. Vitus Dance singer Noel Burke. In 1989, de Freitas lost his life in a motorcycle accident. After having worked together as “Electrafixion,” McCulloch and Sergeant re-teamed with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen. Pattinson departed the band in 1998. Since then, the band has been touring and has released several albums since the late 1990s, to different degrees of success. With time the band has certainly earned a dependable reputation with production companies and though many of their albums have not topped the charts in recent years, the band still enjoys a steady fan base across UK and Europe.
In June 1982, the Bunnymen achieved their first significant UK hit single with "The Back of Love" that was positioned at Number 19. Next month, the same year, they performed at the first WOMAD festival. By now the band was firmly established as a chart act; their further hits followed with a one-off single, "Never Stop" and "The Killing Moon", a preview from the new album featuring a dramatic McCulloch vocal, which became the band's second UK Top 10 single at No. 9. The band has evolved with time with many of its performers leaving and being replaced by new members, but their style of music has certainly helped them create a niche for themselves where new bands are emerging every season.
The concert is on October 22, 2018 at Barbican Centre, Paragon St, York YO10 4AH
For details, visit: www.yorkbarbican.co.uk
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