Photo: Echo and the Bunnymen’s Mercury Lounge Setlist


Bands like this one just don’t play venues as small as the Mercury Lounge. And yet there was Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch, a chatty jester clad in black shades and black coat, warming up for a November Hammerstein gig by playing a tiny LES room on a frigid Saturday evening, band in tow. The entire spectacle was straight out of a John Hughes movie scene: small packed club, impeccable sound, modish men swaying from side to side. “Lips Like Sugar” was on the schedule, but didn’t make the cut. Otherwise, well: “I don’t know what’s next,” McCulloch said. “Oh yeah, this one’s a classic.”