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Ocean Rain - with strings attached

Echo & Bunnymen perform ‘masterpiece’ LP at the Phil

Published on March 24th 2011.


Ocean Rain - with strings attached

ECHO and the Bunnymen are coming home to Liverpool this autumn, performing Ocean Rain in its entirety, accompanied by a string section – the way it should be.

Why wouldn’t I want to go out and perform these songs whenever I get the chance? - Will Sergeant

Released in 1984, Ocean Rain was Echo & the Bunnymen’s fourth album, recorded in Paris, mostly, and then with the might of a 35-piece orchestra.

It marked the pinnacle of their output and was, in the opinion of many, a towering giant above their nearest rival, U2’s effort that year, The Unforgettable something or other.

The strength of such songs as Seven Seas and The Killing Moon endeared them further to their dedicated fans and captivated a much wider audience, home and abroad.

Now Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant are once more touring the album (they have done this before to huge critical acclaim) with some newer Bunnymen - arriving here on September 30 (Manchester Palace Sept 24).

Simon Glinn, events supremo at the Phil, said: “Liverpool Philharmonic’s dedication to celebrating our city’s greatest music and musicians from so many genres has never been stronger…we are very excited to be presenting The Bunnymen here at Liverpool Philharmonic, where they will perform that masterpiece in its entirety.”

Simon Glinn, events supremo at the Phil, said: “Liverpool Philharmonic’s dedication to celebrating our city’s greatest music and musicians from so many genres has never been stronger…we are very excited to be presenting The Bunnymen here at Liverpool Philharmonic, where they will perform that masterpiece in its entirety.”

If you can’t wait until then, the band have a busy summer schedule ahead, playing fabulous tunes from their entire catalogue in some fabulous places.

Close to home they are performing on the same bill as Iggy and the Stooges and The Lightning Seeds (Ian Broudie was once the Bunnymen’s producer) on Sunday July 3 at Chester Rocks at Chester Racecourse. Then there’s Tel Aviv, Athens, Istanbul, Barcelona and one to definitely watch, the Cork X Southwest Music & Arts Festival in June with Patti Smith. We are dusting down the Liverpool Confidential tent as we write.

It all might sound rather exhausting after 30 years. But no.

As the Sarge told Confidential a while back: “Why wouldn’t I want to go out and perform these songs whenever I get the chance?”

*Echo and the Bunnymen Ocean Rain, Liverpool , Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, September 30. Priority sale Weds Mar 23, general sale 9.30am Friday 25 March - £27.50, £35.00, £45.00, £50.00, available at www.gigsandtours.com and usual outlets.

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