Echo And The Bunnymen cancel US tour

Tax problems to blame for the decision

Echo And The Bunnymen have cancelled their US tour over a tax dispute.

Due to start the tour on November 15 in Atlanta, the band have postponed all of their dates after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled the band would have to pay a fee to tour the US.

“It’s with the deepest regret that Echo And The Bunnymen have had to cancel their USA November tour,” The band announced in a statement. “This is due to unreasonable demands presented by the IRS for the band to enter the USA to tour.”

The fee, which is triggered if a foreign band tours the US more than once in 30 days, has come into place after the group’s one-off gig in New York last month.

The band, who had planned the tour to coincide with the US release of their new album ‘The Fountain’ on November 10, will be rescheduling the cancelled tour dates and adding additional ones in early 2010.

The cancelled tour dates are as follows:

Atlanta, GA, Masquerade (November 15)
Washington, WA Black Cat (17)
State College, PA The State Theatre (18)
Glenside, PA Kewsick Theatre (20)
Fairfield, CT Stage One (21)
New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom (22)
Boston, MA House Of Blues (23)
Chicago, IL Metro (25)