What to say? Where to start? I’ll start with Ian McCulloch by saying that this tour is clearly important to him. His importance to music is well known by those that know. Sadly this gig had too many die-hard fans taking him for granted for my liking. I can’t say that though, because, Is adoring every song whilst drinking taking him for granted? I don’t know! I just think that what Echo and The Bunnymen did tonight… the intelligent thought process that went into this set… might well have gone over a lot of people’s heads. Especially those in the very front. Too many rows of corporate/guest seats? Mac told them straight of course, and soon, as he communicated with the band, well he reminded me of someone fine tuning something to fit something. Needless to say the front rows were soon, mostly, involved?
For me the most poignant moment was Mac weaving The Doors & Bowie into a Classic Bunnymen Song. Oh I’m a forgetful 53… Was it ‘Heroes’? And ‘Break on Through’? Was it part of 'Dancing Horses'? I tried to be sure... but when your in the moment just enjoying.. I'd love to be corrected.. but I hope you get the point. What I am sure of (because It’s one of my favourite songs and I have sung it with Mac at a friend’s flat in Kentish Town), is that during ‘Nothing Ever Lasts Forever’, the song and lovely vocal morphed into ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ by Lou Reed. My immediate thought wasn’t that they were paying tribute. My immediate thought was that the Ian McCulloch / Echo and The Bunnymen songs were as important, and in some cases more important than those they were paying homage to! Just a brilliant performance tonight, not bad for an icon...Eh Q! He's been a Phacemag icon for freekin years already! Ok that’s it! Except ‘Ocean Rain’ at the end was just perfect. I was on Daisy duty but I'm hoping Michelle got an interview with Mac... Keep you posted.