The last time I saw Mike Scott it was a bit of a disaster. I arrived at the venue to discover I’d left my ticket at home and had to go back for it. This meant that I missed the first couple of songs. Then, to be honest, the show was lacklustre at best. I wasn’t in a rush to see him again.
Recently The Waterboys released a staggering six CD set of The Complete Fisherman’s Blues Sessions 1986-88 and are touring to promote it with a five piece band that includes Mike, Anthony Thistlethwaite, Steve Wickham and Trevor Hutchinson who all appeared on the original sessions. As a fan of the Waterboys I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity of hearing them live.
As you would expect the show heavily features songs from the new box set but manages to fit in such Waterboy’s classics as Bang The Drum, A Girl Called Johnny and, of course, The Whole Of The Moon. The band is great and have the audience up on their feet well before the end. I respect and understand Mike Scott’s desire not to live in the past but the occasional exception like this is more than welcome.