British post-punk band to return to Tel Aviv five years after first show as part of Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here tour. Prepare for nostalgia!
More international guests are on their way: The famous 80s British band Echo & The Bunnymen will return to Israel in April, five years after their last performance and over 30 years since their first album was released.
The post-punk group was formed in Liverpool in 1978 and its debut album “Crocodiles” was met with critical acclaim and made the UK Top 20. Over the years the band released 11 albums, and many hit singles including “The Killing Moon”, “Bring on the Dancing Horses”, “The Cutter”, “Seven Seas” and many more.
Their original lineup consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas had joined as the band’s drummer, but in 1989 he was killed in a motorcycle accident.
After the band’s next album “Reverberation” came out and was considered a critical and commercial disappointment, the band decided to split in 1993.
In 1994 McCulloch and Sergeant began working together again under the name Electrafixion; in 1997 Pattinson rejoined the duo, meaning the three surviving members of the original Bunnymen lineup were now working together again. They released the hit album “Evergreen” in 1997. Currently the band’s only original members are McCulloch and Sergeant, who have also nurtured a solo career outside the band for many years.
Echo & the Bunnymen will be arriving in Israel right before their North America tour kicks off in the spring. They are scheduled to take the stage on April 26 at the Reading 3 club in Tel Aviv. Tickets will cost NIS 250 ($69).