DVD Review::Echo & The Bunnymen:Dancing Horses – Live At Shepherd’s Bush Empire 1 November 2005

The hair may be a bit flatter, and the voice has a bit more smokey character, but Ian McCulloch still exhibits supreme control over the microphone. The band start off somwhere between spacey and tribal with songs like Going Up and With A Hip, only to sedate the audience with the elegance of Bring On The Dancing Horses. On this early November night, the audience is treated to a selection of mostly Bunnymen classics. There are many highlights here, but the performances of Never Stop, The Back Of Love, and Villiers Terrace are all standouts. However, on this particular night, the vampy elongated version of Rescue may be the band’s greatest offering. The set closes with a stirring rendition of Ocean Rain. Dancing Horses is a strong performance that will entice Bunnymen fans and make some new ones.
When I think of Echo & the Bunnymen, I think of atmosphere, inventive guitar, one of the greatest voices in rock music, and the first time I ever saw two girls make out. On their new dvd Dancing Horses, Echo and The Bunnymen present us with a solid display of their tunes proving that as of 2005 they were still relevant and a force to be reckoned with. The footage is from the 1st of November 2005 at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The dvd then follows with some fairly extensive interviews with Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant from the same period.

Songs

Going Up
With A Hip
Show Of Strength
Bring On The Dancing Horses
The Disease
Scissors In The Sand
All That Jazz
The Back Of Love
The Killing Moon
In The Margins
Never Stop
Villiers Terrace
Of A Life
Rescue
The Cutter
Nothing Lasts Forever
Lips Like Sugar
Ocean Rain
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