Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
With a big, bright, oh-so-close-to-full moon hanging in the Nippertown sky on Tuesday night (March 26), Mike Scott didn’t sing the Waterboys’ signature song “The Whole of the Moon.”
OK, maybe Mr. Scott is getting tired of the song, having probably played it a gazillion times since it was the band’s most recognizable hit back in 1985.
But considering that the band was celebrating the U.S. release of their new album, An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, it was perhaps even more surprising that they didn’t crank up that album’s bluesy rocker “A Full Moon in March.”
Odd? Um-hmmm… Strange? Oh yeah, no doubt about it, but as it ended up, the Waterboys’ loooong overdue Capital Region debut at the jam-packed Linda, was as an acoustic trio, perhaps not the best setting for either of those songs.
On the other hand, Scott and his Tuesday night compatriots – fiddler Steven Wickham and newcomer Daniel Mintseris on keyboards – packed plenty of rock & roll power in their sit-down set at The Linda, conjuring up such diverse influences as Leonard Cohen, Warren Zevon and Van Morrison.
It was simply the most transfixing performance that I’ve seen so far this year, setting the bar high for the rest of 2013.