While we may disagree on football, let’s all agree that Echo and the Bunnymen love Manchester and Manchester love the Bunnymen
Mancunians and Liverpudlians don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things. Thankfully music is not one.
Echo and the Bunnymen always receive the warmest reception from yet another sellout Mancunian crowd. The five-piece band, take to the stage, to bring us through material of what will be a near 40 year career.
Only two original remaining members, Enigmatic frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant are warmly welcomed by their adoring fans. As usual a backlit stage, and dry ice bath the venue in a thick dense fog, that allows the band to take to the stage.
McCulloch with trademark dark glasses hold center stage as confident and assured as any iconic frontman.
“Going up”, “Heads will roll”, Crocodiles” along with “All that Jazz” are the opening tracks, McCulloch’s voice is on point as is the hypnotic guitar work of Sergeants guitar riffs.
The crowd are settled and treated to “Angels and Devils” and “Do it clean” with a clever reference to James Brown’s “Sex Machine”. Closely followed by “My Kingdom”.
McCulloch is on top form and the crowd are relishing a master class from one of the last stalwarts of indie music, To empathize the depth of their catalogue “Bedbugs and Ballyhoo” along with “Seven
Seas” are followed by the Bunnymen classics “Bring On the Dancing Horses”, “The Killing Moon” and “Lips Like Sugar”, which bring the set to a close.
“Nothing lasts forever”, offers the crowd more of what they came for, From the opening chords of “The Cutter”, the adulation the band have received could only have come from a Manchester crowd who love a Liverpudlian band.
“A two way Love affair fills the air”.