LIVE: The Waterboys @ The Egg, 9/26/13

September 27th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Steve Wickham and Mike Scott

Steve Wickham and Mike Scott

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The whole of the moon wasn’t hanging in the Nippertown sky last Thursday night, but it was shining in Mike Scott’s eyes. And there was fire in there, too. Leading the Waterboys into The Egg, Scott was a poet of uncommon passion, armed with a guitar set on “stun” – an unabashedly romantic Celtic soul man, a rock ‘n’ roll mystic, a true believer.

Back in March, Scott brought a pared-down, sit-down acoustic trio of the Waterboys for a sold-out, standing-room-only performance at WAMC-FM’s The Linda that was quite simply transcendent. Hands down, the best concert I’ve seen all year.

So expectations were high for the Waterboys’ full-band, six-piece return at The Egg. Maybe a bit too high. The seats in The Egg’s Hart Theatre weren’t even half full, not that it seemed to matter one wit to Scott and his band. They came rolling out with “Strange Boat,” and then romped through their best-known song “Fisherman’s Blues” in the second slot. Clearly they weren’t playing to expectations. And they didn’t need to…

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LIVE: The Waterboys @ WAMC’s The Linda, 3/26/13

March 29th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Waterboys @ The Linda (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

The Waterboys

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.

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