It's been nearly 19 years since legendary Liverpool-based post-punk-rock band Echo and the Bunnymen played Houston (two years after they gave us Songs to Learn and Sing). But today, we'll be singing along when E&TB vocalist Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant hold court at Warehouse Live (813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483).
The band's original gloomy tones saw moderate success in the mid-Â´80s with singles such as "The Killing Moon" (Donnie Darko fans, take note) and the shimmery-sweet pop hit "Lips Like Sugar" (a sing-along favorite). Fans will recall that in 1988, McCulloch left Echo & the Bunnymen to focus on solo material, and that same year, drummer Pete de Freitas was killed in an auto accident. McCulloch later formed Electrafixion with Sergeant, before the two decided to re-form Echo & the Bunnymen in 1997. Touring to promote their latest, Siberia, the band channels fellow British big-ballad bands like Oasis and U2 while maintaining its exceptionally rhythmic trademark roots.
After the show, head over to the Back Room at The Mink (3718 Main, 713-522-9985), where Sergeant will be spinning a special DJ set that's sure to keep the buzzing Bunnymen fans hopping. The Billy Nayer Show opens at 9 p.m. For tickets and information, visit www.warehouselive.com or www.pegstar.net. $20 for concert; after-party free with ticket stub.