Friday, July 12, 2013

The Waterboys ready for extensive American tour

'Fisherman's Blues' is one of my all-time favorites. This should be a memorable tour... 

The Waterboys have confirmed a full slate of dates across North America in the fall. After touring Canada in July with a featured stop in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Waterboys will return to the U.S. to play 25 American cities.

It is the band’s first U.S. tour in six years, and their biggest to date.

According to Scott, “North America is just about my favorite place in the world to play and I’m thrilled that this year we’ll play more concerts there than any year of the Waterboys' existence. Our Fall 2013 tour is the longest Waterboys American tour ever and we’re doing it with an American line-up. Apart from myself and fiddler Steve Wickham, all the band members are Americans based in the New York area, players I handpicked myself. I can't wait to see what kind of a joyful, wild noise we’ll make.”

Along with selections from their catalog, including Fisherman’s Blues, the show will feature material from the 2013's An Appointment With Mr. Yeats one of the boldest, most ambitious projects of Waterboys auteur Mike Scott’s storied career. Scott  collaborated, figuratively speaking, with the legendary Irish poet W.B. Yeats on the 14 songs of An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, released this past March on Proper Records. 
“I love the way Yeats’ poems lend themselves to music,” says Scott. “But I also like Yeats as a guy — a dandified, opinionated, larger-than-life character. I feel a kinship to him. My purpose isn’t to treat Yeats as a museum piece, but to connect with the soul of the poems — as they appear to me — then go wherever the music in my head suggests, and that means some surprising places.”
The fall dates will feature Mike Scott, vocals, guitar and keyboard, along with longtime Waterboy and legendary Irish fiddler Steve Wickham; Jay Barclay, guitar and keyboards; Malcolm Gold, bass, Chris Benelli, drums and Daniel Mintseris on keyboards.
North American Fall Tour Dates
Sept. 17  TORONTO, ON  Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sept. 19 BOSTON, MA Wilbur Theatre
Sept. 20 NORTHAMPTON, MA Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
Sept. 21 NEW HAVEN, CT Shubert Theatre
Sept. 25 ENGLEWOOD, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sept. 26  ALBANY, NY  The Egg
Sept. 27 WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY Westhampton Beach Perf. Arts Center
Sept. 28  MORRISTOWN, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Sept. 29  PHILADELPHIA, PA  Electric Factory
Oct. 6  SAN FRANCISCO, CA  Great American Music Hall
Oct. 7 LOS ANGELES, CA El Rey Theatre
Oct. 8 CARMEL, CA Sunset Center
Oct. 10 PORTLAND OR Aladdin Theater
Oct. 11 SEATTLE, WA Neptune
Oct. 12  BOISE, ID  Egyptian Theatre
Oct. 13  SALT LAKE CITY, UT  State Room
Oct. 14  BOULDER, CO  Boulder Theater
Oct. 16  MILWAUKEE, WI  Turner Hall Ballroom
Oct. 17  CHICAGO, IL  Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct. 19  ST. PAUL, MN  Fitzgerald Theatre
Oct. 22  WASHINGTON, DC  9:30 Club                              
Oct. 24 SALISBURY, MA Blue Ocean Music Hall
Oct. 25  NEW YORK, NY  Bowery Ballroom
Oct. 27  ATLANTA, GA  Variety Playhouse
Oct. 29  NEW ORLEANS, LA  Civic Theatre
Oct. 30  AUSTIN, TX   The Belmont

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