When you go along to your favourite venue to watch an Iconic band from the early 80's your expectations are inevitably high. If you've not seen them for over 20 years, you really don't know quite what to expect. Well if you were at the Roundhouse for Echo and the Bunnymen, you were in for a treat. Ian McCulloch proved once again that he's still got it. Clearly everyone's highlights were classics such as The Cutter and The Killing Moon, which sound as fresh today as they did all those years ago.
What was more of a surprise was how good the new single "Do you know who I am" was ( This impression was reinforced when I heard it on XFM on Sunday, whist driving back from football). Other unexpected highlights were a cover of "People are Strange" by the Doors and a "Nothing lasts forever/Walk on the Wild Side" (Lou Reed) medley. Unlike many current bands from the era, the Bunnymen are not just trading on past glories.
There influence is undeniably huge. As I drove back from football and the radio blasted out their single, I said to my 9 year old son "This is the band I saw last Thursday" He replied "I didn't know you liked Snowpatrol". Nuff said really