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The Bunnymen Concert Log

A comprehensive, annotated listing of concert dates, venues and set lists for Echo and the Bunnymen, Ian McCulloch and Electrafixion.

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2005 (January-August)

May 12th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Theater of Living Arts
Going Up
With a Hip
Rescue
Seven Seas
Buried Alive
Crocodiles
All My Colours (Zimbo)
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
In the Margins
Show of Strength
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Villiers Terrace/Summer Wind
Over the Wall
The Cutter
Nothing Lasts Forever/Walk on the Wild Side
Loose
Lips Like Sugar
Ocean Rain
    NOTES: "So many funny moments, usually something Mac said in response to what was going on around him (or when he talked about having a steak -- wonder if he had it wit whiz?)." -
Bunnymen.com forum post

May 13th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States; Chameleon Club
Going Up
With a Hip
Rescue
Seven Seas
Buried Alive
Crocodiles
All My Colours (Zimbo)
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
In the Margins
Show of Strength
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Villiers Terrace
The Cutter
Nothing Lasts Forever
Loose
Lips Like Sugar
Ocean Rain
    NOTES: "I closed my eyes for [All My Colours], and for four minutes, it was 1981 . Then they shift from nice melodies like that and blow you away punk-style ." -
Bunnymen.com forum post

May 14th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Baltimore, Maryland, United States; WHFS Radio Festival
    NOTES: "On-stage drama: Echo and the Bunnymen left the stage in the middle of 'Lips Like Sugar' . It seemed like they were having trouble with their lyrics. The fans were not pleased, and boos poured out of the mosh pit." -
USA Today, on-scene report

May 26th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Truro, Cornwall, England; The Hall for Cornwall: Springloaded Festival
Going Up
With a Hip
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
In the Margins
Crocodiles
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
All My Colours (Zimbo)
Villiers Terrace
The Cutter
Nothing Lasts Forever
Lips Like Sugar
Ocean Rain
    NOTES: This was to benefit the Surfers Against Sewage environmentalist group. Billy Bragg also appeared. "Oh yeah; good luck with the sewage." - Ian McCulloch,
closing remark (and only comment about the cause).

May 28th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Barcelona, Spain; Primavera Festival

June 1st, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Dublin, Ireland; The Village
Going Up
With a Hip
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
In the Margins
Crocodiles
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
All My Colours (Zimbo)
Villiers Terrace
The Cutter
Nothing Lasts Forever
Lips Like Sugar
    NOTES: This was part of the Budrising Festival. "Crowd was dull, but maybe that was because the only beer you could buy was Budweiser, thanks to their insistence that only their beer is available at gigs in the fest ." -
Bunnymen.com forum post

June 25th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Glastonbury, England; Glastonbury Festival
Never Stop
Crocodiles
Villiers Terrace
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
The Cutter
In the Margins
All My Colours (Zimbo)
    NOTES: This setlist, was pieced together from fan reports. "Good reaction from the crowd, Will playing the teardrop and a smile from Ian after 'Killing Moon', and a little bit of a wiggle too at one point!" -
Bunnymen.com forum post

June 29th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
London, England; Hyde Park: O2 Wireless Festival (main stage)
Lips Like Sugar
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Nothing Lasts Forever/Walk on the Wild Side
Never Stop
The Killing Moon
The Cutter
    NOTES: "First time I've seen them; not disappointed at all. Half way through 'Nothing Lasts Forever', they went into a Lou Reed number, Mac using the phrase 'Take a walk on the Merseyside' -
Bunnymen.com forum post

July 8th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Whitehaven, Cumbria, England; Whitehaven Civic Hall
Going Up
With a Hip
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Crocodiles
In the Margins
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
All My Colours (Zimbo)
Villiers Terrace
The Cutter
Nothings Lasts Forever
Lips Like Sugar
Ocean Rain
    NOTES: This was part of a 'warm-up' show for T in the Park. "The Bunnymen have been around for more than a quarter of a century but still sounded fresh and relevant, even the oldest numbers .... A rousing version of 'The Killing Moon' was a highlight, giving guitar innovator Will Sergeant a chance to dominate. Other highs included the under-rated 'Lips Like Sugar' and 'Nothing Lasts Forever', even if McCulloch's hard-rocking lifestyle betrayed his voice at times." -- Vic Gibson,
The News and Star, July 11th, 2005

July 9th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Dublin, Ireland; Oxegen Festival

July 10th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Balado, Scotland; T in the Park
    NOTES: According to fan reports, this was a classics setlist, including "Lips Like Sugar",  "Seven Seas", "The Cutter", "Crocodiles", "Bring on the Dancing Horses", "Villiers Terrace", "The Killing Moon" and "Nothing Lasts Forever" (the latter interspersed with "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Roadhouse Blues". "Billy Idol's 'White Wedding' became 'Nice day for a Black Pudding'" -
Bunnymen.com forum post. "Will sported a nice line in Vox guitars and seemed to have the old 12-string teardrop out for 'Killing Moon' -- crowd reaction was great and Mac's vocals were good altho' he bottled it from the 'difficult' note in 'The Cutter'." - another Bunnymen.com forum post

July 16th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Guildford, Surrey, England; GuilFest
Lips Like Sugar
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Crocodiles
In the Margins
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
All My Colours (Zimbo)
Villiers Terrace/Summer Wind/Roadhouse Blues
The Cutter
Nothing Lasts Forever/Walk on the Wild Side
Ocean Rain
    NOTES: "The Bunnymen were on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ian sang his heart out and his voice didn't let him down  New bass player [Ste Brennan] seems to fit the bill and the performance was very tight." -
Bunnymen.com forum post

July 29th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Vilar de Mouros, Portugal; Vilar de Mouros Festival
Lips Like Sugar
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Do It Clean (not sure)
Never Stop
The Killing Moon
Nothing Lasts Forever/Walk on the Wild Side
In the Margins
The Cutter
    NOTES: This setlist was compiled from a fan's recollection, and is not complete or in correct order. "Ian sang in a beautiful, sweet and tender tone, while Will played some heavy riffs now and then - I felt even like head-banging sometimes ." --
Bunnymen.com forum post

July 31st, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Benidorm, Spain; Benidorm Music Meeting
    NOTES: Apparently, the Bunnymen offered a classics set, opening with "Lips Like Sugar". "They did not defraud. [Their] leader Ian McCullogh [sic] demonstrated that he maintains his peculiar voice and the group the style that gave the fame them, although single McCullogh and Will Sergeant stay in this new stage." --
informativos.telecinco.es. Some 24,000 people attended the festival, which also featured James Brown.

August 5th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland; Newhailes House
Lips Like Sugar
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Crocodiles
Nothing Lasts Forever
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
The Cutter
    NOTES: Fans reported the Bunnymen's performance as very good, though marred by an individual chanting football slogans near the front of the stage. The Fun Lovin' Criminals also performed. Newhailes House is one of the stately homes of Scotland; this was part of a fundraising event for the National Trust. The show took place outdoors, amide 18th Century landscaping. "Great gig; the band were on great form and it was such a nice place to see them. I was left wanting more." -
Bunnymen.com forum post. "Erm, it's not the grandest stately home I've seen ." Ian McCulloch

August 6th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Urbino, Italy; Disturbed Frequencies Festival
    NOTES: "The band it is brought together and the concert slides calm, with a McCulloch that sfodera an extraordinary voice on a ladder that they fishes to full mythical hands from album like 'Crocodile', 'Heaven Up Here', 'Porcupine' and 'Ocean Rain', in order to arrive finally to a cover of 'L.A. Woman' of the Doors and to the true signed warhorse Bunnymen, the fabulous 'The Killing Moon'." --
MTV Italia

August 13th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Tokyo, Japan; Summer Sonic Festival
Lips Like Sugar
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Crocodiles
In the Margins
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
Villiers Terrace
All My Colours (Zimbo)
The Cutter
Nothing Lasts Forever

August 14th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Osaka, Japan; Summer Sonic Festival
Lips Like Sugar
Rescue
Seven Seas
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Crocodiles
In the Margins
The Back of Love
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
Villiers Terrace
Nothing Lasts Forever
The Cutter
Ocean Rain
    NOTES: "They were very nice shows. But there were a few troubles of lighting and sounds." -
Bunnymen.com forum post

August 26th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Leeds, England; The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
Lips Like Sugar
Rescue
Bring on the Dancing Horses
Crocodiles
In the Margins
Nothing Lasts Forever
The Killing Moon
Never Stop
The Cutter
    NOTES: This setlist was compiled from memory by a fan. "Good performance from the lads, even if they did only have 45 minutes to play despite headlining the stage. Tent seemed quite full ." -
Bunnymen.com forum post

August 28th, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Reading, England; The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
    NOTES: "Back to a duo of Mac and Will for nigh on a decade now, you sense they're due a revival, especially with the new songs sounding their loveliest since the Evergreen era. Mac spouts towering nonsense in between songs, but , by God, he looks great doing so, and the hits are as sublime a way to end a festival as any. A rammed tent agrees." --
(UK) Channel 4 Teletext

August 31st, 2005
Echo and the Bunnymen
Wiesen, Austria; 2Days a Week Festival
    NOTES: "Set list very much the same as at Reading and Leeds . It was a fairly polished performance by the lads but Mac never seemed happy with the stage set-up ."--
Bunnymen.com forum post

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    Corrections, additions and amendments warmly received and greatly appreciated:

Kristin F. Smith
blinfool@wyomail.com

    I took as my starting point Steve Doughty's excellent and comprehensive Bunnymen Recordings site, and have filled in gaps using the Seven Seas Archive (which went back to January 1st, 1999 at the time I copied it all into text files), as well as the various other web pages and articles cited in my listings. This is still very much a work in progress. I have received a good deal of help from members of the Seven Seas and Bunnymen.com communities -- thank you all!

This page last updated: November 12th, 2005

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