The Waterboys In Melbourne
Submitted by Junior Wells on 31 January 2013 - 10:47am
Hamer Hall, Melbourne ,Australia
Wednesday January 30,2013
Local band Oh Mercy were a good and appropriate support before, after 30 years wait, Mike Scott hits the stage with a fedora shielding his face for most of the night.He seems to like Melb arriving a week ahead of the tour ,doing a book reading ,hanging in local cafes bookshops etc and at the conclusion said he hoped to be back within a year. Hope so too. As is often the case we got a stripped down band no brass etc drums ,Mike on guitar ,keys, bass and of course Steve reigning supreme on fiddle. He opened with bang the drum and the first reaction is his voice is lower than on the records - well it would be wouldn't it? Less focus on Mr Yeats than I expected, a nice segue into Van Morrison's Healing Has Begun ( a personal favourite and Purple Rain featured in the encore. Incredible how close Steve gets to Prince's magnificent guitar solo. The Hamer Hall is high end but for this version of the band, in this format, a pub might have been better as he preferred rocking out.
Wide range in age, some granny's some kids , lots of middle aged Irish and Scots, rows of em at the time including the blokes behind me insisting on talking loudly at the recognition of every song.Sedate.
Food & drink:
Noodles on the way ,no booze on account of hangover post Richard Hawley the night before
It made me think:
That's a lot of words to remember Mike and why didn't you play This Is The Sea.