Win Tickets ($54): Echo & the Bunnymen @ Crystal Ballroom | 80s New Wave Legends, Post-punk, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Echo & the Bunnymen @ Crystal Ballroom on August 4. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, August 1.

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Echo & the Bunnymen @ Crystal BallroomEcho & the Bunnymen
August 4, 2014
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $27 | All Ages

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

“’80s new-wave legends Echo And The Bunnymen are still making grand, sweeping, dramatic anthems, and they’ve got an album full of them called Meteorites” Stereogum

April 22, 2014 Santa Monica, CA: Legendary Liverpool band Echo & the Bunnymen are announcing their return to the U.S. for a tour in support of their 12th studio album and first since 2009, Meteorites.

Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve), Meteorites contains ten hand-picked new songs written by founder Ian McCulloch and performed by Bunnymen stalwarts Mc Culloch and Will Sergeant along with Gordy Goudie (guitar) and Stephen Brannan (bass). The Bunnymen are releasing two singles-“Holy Moses” in the U.S. and “Lovers on the Run” in the UK. Described by Ian McCulloch as the worthy successor to Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain, Meteorites will be release in the UK on May 26th and the U.S. on June 3rd.

Formed in 1978, the Bunnymen have been a vital force in the indie rock world for over 36 years having won over millions of obsessive music fans worldwide and indelibly influenced countless bands with their signature sound-from the Flaming Lips to Coldplay to Pavement. Meteorites is a key addition to their repertoire. It’s an intimate song cycle written by Ian McCulloch performed by the band with a renewed sense of purpose showcasing all of their unmistakable musical hallmarks while taking them to a new level.

Says McCulloch: “For me, this is a whole new approach. It’s more edgy than anything I’ve ever done. I’m dealing with something on this record I didn’t want to deal with for a long time.”

Echo & the Bunnymen’s dark, swirling fusion of gloomy post-punk and Doors-inspired psychedelia brought the group a handful of British hits in the early ’80s, while attracting a cult following in the United States. The Bunnymen grew out of the Crucial Three, a late-’70s trio featuring vocalist Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, and Julian Cope. Cope and Wylie left the group by the end of 1977, forming the Teardrop Explodes and Wah!, respectively. McCulloch met guitarist Will Sergeant in the summer of 1978 and the pair began recording demos with a drum machine that the duo called “Echo.” Adding bassist Les Pattinson, the band made its live debut at the Liverpool club Eric’s at the end of 1978, calling itself Echo & the Bunnymen.

In March of 1979, the group released its first single, “Pictures on My Wall”/”Read It in Books,” on the local Zoo record label. The single and their popular live performances led to a contract with Korova. After signing the contract, the group discarded the drum machine, adding drummer Pete de Freitas. Released in the summer of 1980, their debut album, Crocodiles, reached number 17 on the U.K. charts. Shine So Hard, an EP released in the fall, became their first record to crack the U.K. Top 40. With the more ambitious and atmospheric Heaven Up Here (1981), the group began to gain momentum, thanks to positive reviews; it became their first U.K. Top Ten album. Two years later, Porcupine appeared, becoming the band’s biggest hit (peaking at number two on the U.K. charts) and launching the Top Ten single “The Cutter.”

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43 Responses to Win Tickets ($54): Echo & the Bunnymen @ Crystal Ballroom | 80s New Wave Legends, Post-punk, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative Rock

  1. Nik N. July 28, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    Bring on the dancing horses and a huge smile to my face if I found out I was the winner…I would be ecstatic!

  2. Kel July 28, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    My husband and I love Echo & the Bunnymen.. When we cut the cake at our wedding last year, we made sure “Lips Like Sugar” was playing! Would be so cool to dance to it live as well as all their other songs!

  3. Alycia July 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    I am visiting my sister in Portland during this week and would love to see Echo and the Bunnymen at the Crystal Ballroom! I’ve heard so many great things about the ballroom and want to go so badly! Both of us are 80’s queens and it would be incredible to see them!

  4. John M July 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Because Crocodiles was my musical awakening!

  5. tom July 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    This looks soo RAD!!

  6. Catherine July 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    I’ve been a fan of this group since the 80’s. I’d simply love to see them perform in person.

  7. Selina July 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    To be strange among strangers sounds like a fantastic way to spend a Monday evening!

  8. Amanda Skourtis July 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Echo & the Bunnymen was always in the stack of tapes I would steal from my older brother’s stereo cabinet. He has always been my embassador to great music….. What a nostalgic experience that concert would be!

  9. Kristy July 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    LIps like sugar! Sugar kisses!! I used to wait for the radio to play this song with my fingers over the record button on my cassette player. I once even called the radio station 4x with in a hour to request it. I would love to see them live!

  10. john Thomas July 28, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Please pick me ,i would love to go see these guys,*80s music bands are the best!!!!!!!!

  11. Tara July 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    I would like to attend this concert because I love Echo and The Bunnymen, because 80s new-wave is my favorite musical genre, and because I haven’t been to a concert in several years. Winning these tickets would be so great!

  12. KRH July 28, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    What an awesome blast from the past! This will be great!

  13. Tami July 28, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    I have been listening to this band for almost 20 years now. I would love to check them off of my band bucket list. This would be such a great show.

  14. Jacob Hauge July 29, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    I’m super stoked this is happening!

  15. Wolfmoney July 29, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    I just got my heart broken.
    I can’t think of any other performance that could help mend a broken heart like Echo and the Bunnymen.

    Alas, Nothing Lasts Forever… sing it, Ian.

  16. JP July 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Dance like a dummy, echos fill the air. Bounce like a bunny! Yeah!! I’m Fred Astaire. !!!

  17. ryan July 30, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Cuz why not

  18. Yume July 30, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Looks like an epic show! Would love to go.

  19. ick July 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Hey ho I want to go. Gabba gabba hey

  20. Jeff July 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Was supposed to see them in Mpls but am driving to Portland for a family vacation instead. My Monday is open.

  21. Audrey July 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Ah dreams can come true!

  22. Ally Cooper July 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I need something fun to do on Monday to make the rest of the week better!

  23. Angela July 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    “I shall write to the lead singer of Echo & the Bunnymen. Dear Mr. Echo …” I love them so! One of my favorite 80s bands I’ve never had the pleasure to see live. Brilliant tunes aside, Songs to Learn & Sing is my all-time favorite album cover.

  24. James July 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I had tickets to go see them a few years ago for a friend’s brithday and they had to cancel the tour because of tax issues with the US. I’d love to get another chance!!

  25. Kaylee July 31, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    Why wouldn’t I want to go to this show!!!

  26. Cec July 31, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    need to go and dance!

  27. James C July 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    I leave for a month to go to Peru on the 5th. I would love to take the old lady to this awesome show before I leave. She deserves an awesome night out since she won’t be going with me.

  28. Michael July 31, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    This will make my year, and my friends year……. THE WHOLE YEAR!

  29. Minna July 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win – though I think Kel might have beat us all out with the wedding tie in!

  30. Emily July 31, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    I was so late to the Echo and the Bunnymen party. I would love to see them and release my inner-Donnie Darko.

  31. Sean Smyth July 31, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Fantastic group I would love to go.

  32. kristin July 31, 2014 at 5:23 pm #


  33. Zoe July 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    I love experiencing new music – sign me up!!

  34. Lauri Aunan July 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    Echo and the Bunnymen are legendary and I’m so glad they are making new music. And Ocean Rain is one of my all time favourites

  35. Dave G. July 31, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    I’m down with the retro music and haircuts!

  36. Jesse July 31, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    I don’t need to see this show… But Peter asked me to show up. Just one problem… I don’t have tickets. PDX Pipeline, don’t let Mr. Murphy down.

  37. Nicole July 31, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    I know what New Wave means. I’ve lived it. I’ved breathed it. Now, I want to see it.

  38. Christian August 1, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    To late to beg you, or cancel it though I know it must be, the choosing time.. Unwillingly mine.

  39. Christy August 1, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Saw them 25 years ago! Love to go again!!!

  40. Brother Jasper August 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    I’ve not stopped listening to them since my stint as a college radio DJ in the 80’s at Cal Poly. They’ve withstood the test of time. Unfortunately they’re one of the few bands I never had a chance to see; until now……..?

  41. Mark August 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    My wife loves Echo and the Bunnymen.
    I love my wife.
    Therefore, I love Echo and the Bunnymen.

  42. Alyssa August 3, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Pick me!

  43. Ben August 6, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    I would love to take my wife to see Echo, one of our first dates was to see Psychedelic Furs and would love to add Echo to the list of the many bands we have seen together.

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