Echo and The Bunnymen - Liverpool Empire, March 2024

The gorgeous Liverpool Empire Theatre saw Echo and the Bunnymen return household for the initially of two triumphant evenings on Monday. 

Rising a few fashionably minutes late onto an extremely dim, smoke-stuffed and just about pantomine’sque phase the figures of Will Sergeant and Ian McCulloch, unmistakable with trademark shades and legendary hair, were greeted with a ceremonial welcome, befitting of kings of all that lay prior to them.

With a muttered ‘hello Liverpool’ from Ian McCulloch the band launched into ‘Going Up’ followed by ‘All That Jazz’. Once again he briefly welcomed the group right before the band worked by means of a several more quantities, it was all a small sedate, a tiny far too sedate. There was scant interaction or even acknowledgement in between the band on stage, it all appeared very strained and the environment in the theatre felt a minor odd for what should really have been a celebration. 

‘Brussels is Haunted’ was released with a several words about David Bowie. It was a transient anecdote maybe but it was, let’s be straightforward below, it was a little tough basically to fully grasp. it is potentially truthful to say Ian McCulloch’s unique voice is getting just as legendary when it is not singing. 

As if out of nowhere ‘Never Stop’ and ‘Bring On the Dancing Horses’ had the venue erupting. The all-seater venue now witnessed dancing in the aisles and what appeared to be a quite civilised gathering down at the entrance. Just as the party was commencing to get going, and in correct Bunnymen style, it was time to do things in another way and have a twenty-minute split. This isn’t a thing I’m a enthusiast of if I’m remaining beautifully genuine but in this instance, it seemed nicely-been given by both the enthusiasts and the band.

Twenty minutes or so afterwards, the band are again on stage whilst the fans are even now little by little meandering again from the bar. “Did you all have a bevvy? laughs McCulloch as the band kicks off the second fifty percent with ‘Show of Strength’ and ‘Over The Wall’… the admirers are back to exactly wherever the initial 50 percent ended, up on their feet, in the aisles, down the front.’Nothing Lasts Forever’ and ‘The Killing Moon’ are equally quite evident highlights, and justly so ahead of the band finished with ‘Lips Like Sugar’. 

This is the band the Bunnymen the followers have appear to see and they are delighted, even far more so when the band returns for two encores. To begin with ‘The Cutter’ prior to it is time for ‘Ocean Rain’ to wrap up what has been a rollercoaster of an night. 


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