Published Nov 06, 2009Clearly, Echo & the Bunnymen don't subscribe to the maxim "the show must go on." The long-running UK group were scheduled to play eight U.S. shows in just nine days. Faced with a financial penalty from the IRS, however, they opted to cancel the tour rather than pay.
The IRS fee applies to any overseas band that tour the U.S. more than once in a 30-day period. This applies to Echo & the Bunnymen because they played a one-off show at the Mercury Lounge in New York on October 19.
Considering the band celebrated their 30th anniversary last year, you'd think that they'd have the logistics of touring down pat by now, or maybe the extra money in the piggy bank to pay for stuff like this. Well, at least they played their Canadian shows.
Cancelled tour dates:
11/17 Washington, DC - Black Cat
11/18 State College, PA - The State Theatre
11/20 Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
11/21 Fairfield, CT - Stage One
11/22 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
11/23 Boston, MA - House Of Blues
11/25 Chicago, IL - Metro