Here Come The Waterboys

A six-year hiatus from the U.S. has left The Waterboys thirsting to play more shows. As promised, the Celtic folk-rockers have added more dates to the band’s largest outing ever across the States.  

This week The Waterboys will play a few gigs in Ontario, with a July 12 appearance at in Ottawa and a July 13 show in Toronto. Following a handful of Canadian dates and a July 19 set at in Brooklyn, N.Y., the band heads to Europe and will be back on this side of the pond in September.

The last time we checked in with The Waterboys, the band had only announced 10 fall U.S. gigs. Now the group’s itinerary features more than a dozen dates in September and October. New stops on the trek include San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Atlanta; New Orleans and Austin.

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"The Music of Prince," Carnegie Hall, New York City

In addition to the location, there’s another distinctly American component on this outing – the musicians.

Lead singer Mike Scott explained that apart from himself and fiddler Steve Wickham, “all the band members are Americans based in the New York area, players I handpicked myself.”           

Those members include Jay Barclay on guitar and keyboards, bassist Malcolm Gold, drummer Chris Benelli and Daniel Mintseris on keyboards.    

“I can’t wait to see what kind of a joyful, wild noise we’ll make,” Scott said.
Here’s the full lineup of fall U.S. dates:
Sept. 17 – Toronto, Ontario, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sept. 19 – Boston, Mass., Wilbur Theatre
Sept. 20 – Northampton, Mass., Calvin Theater           
Sept. 21 – New Haven, Conn., Shubert Theater           
Sept. 25 – Englewood, N.J., Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.           
Sept. 26 – Albany, N.Y., The Egg
Sept. 27 – Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center           
Sept. 28 – Morristown, N.J., Mayo Performing Arts Center           
Sept. 29 – Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory
Oct. 5 ­– San Francisco, Calif., TBA
Oct. 6 – San Francisco, Calif., Great American Music Hall
Oct. 7 – Los Angeles, Calif., El Rey Theatre           
Oct. 8 – Carmel, Calif., Sunset Cultural Center           
Oct. 10 – Portland, Ore., Aladdin Theater
Oct. 11 – Seattle, Wash., The Neptune           
Oct. 12 – Boise, Idaho, Egyptian Theatre
Oct. 13 – Salt Lake City, Utah, State Room
Oct. 14 – Boulder, Colo., Boulder Theater           
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, Wis., Turner Hall Ballroom
Oct. 17 – Chicago, Ill., Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct. 19 – St. Paul, Minn., Fitzgerald Theatre
Oct. 22 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Oct. 24 – Salisbury, Mass., Blue Ocean
Oct. 25 – New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom
Oct. 27 – Atlanta, Ga., Variety Playhouse
Oct. 29 – New Orleans, La., Civic Theatre
Oct. 30 – Austin, Texas, The Belmont

Select dates are on sale now.

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