Saturday, 16 February 2013

The Waterboys - 30 January 2013, Hamer Hall

The Waterboys are one of those unfortunate bands who have produced a range of really great music, but are associated in the public’s mind with one song (admittedly a great song). Anyone that went to this show simply to hear that song should consider themselves pretty lucky, because they stumbled into a really great performance of songs covering the entire career of the band. Going in I was a bit worried that the reformed version of the band might be a sloppy money grab, but the band was tight and there was clearly a good relationship between them. I wasn’t too familiar with a lot of the material played, but even so the majority of it was really great songs, really well played. There were a couple of moments that dragged, but the majority of the show was electric.

The recording quality of this is pretty good. Even with a not particularly good seat the acoustics of the venue are really great (except maybe in the first couple of rows based on the David Byrne and St Vincent show).

A final note – at the end of the show Mike Scott says he’s hoping to be back within a year or so. This might just be one of those things that people say, but I’m thinking they’d be a perfect act for Harvest, taking a similar slot to Mike Patton last year (fourth on the main stage). I doubt it will happen, but I think it’d be a great fit.

Don’t Bang the Drum
All the Things She Gave Me
When Ye Go Away
A Girl Called Johnny
The Girl in the Swing
White Birds
Song of Wandering Aengus
The Thrill is Gone
Mad as the Mist and Snow
The Raggle Taggle Gypsy
Glastonbury Song/Bright Lights, Big City
She Tried to Hold Me
The Whole of the Moon
The Pan Within

Purple Rain [yes, the Prince song]
Be My Enemy
At the Hop

A Man is in Love
Fisherman’s Blues

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