The Waterboys Bring You ‘Modern Blues’

Mike Scott and The Waterboys launch a run across the continent starting in late April.  Playing shows in the U.S. and Canada, the adventure is in support of the group’s new album, “Modern Blues.”

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

Saying The Waterboys’ lineup has varied through the years would definitely be an understatement.  More than 70 musicians have appeared in the band since Scott founded the group in 1983.  The upcoming tour includes musicians from Modern Blues, such as Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood, guitarist Zach Ernst, drummer Ralph Salmins, keyboardist Paul Brown and longtime Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham.  Here’s a taste of the album via the video for “November Tale.”

Already released in the United Kingdom, Modern Blues arrives April 7 in the U.S. via Harlequin and Clown/Kobalt.  The tour starts only days after the album’s release.  Here’s the schedule.

April 16 – Austin, Texas, Paramount Theatre
April 17 – New Orleans, La., Tipitina’s Uptown
April 18 – Nashville, Tenn., 3rd & Lindsley
April 19 – Atlanta, Ga., Variety Playhouse
April 21 – Alexandria, Va., The Birchmere
April 22 – Millvale, Pa., Mr. Small’s Theatre
April 23 – Glenside, Pa., Keswick Theatre
April 25 – New York, N.Y., Irving Plaza
April 26 – Wilmington, Del., Grand Opera House
April 27 – Ridgefield, Conn., Ridgefield Playhouse
April 28 – Boston, Mass., The Wilbur
May 1 – Montreal, Quebec, Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
May 2 – Toronto, Ontario, Winter Garden Theatre
May 3 – Ottawa, Ontario, Bronson Centre
May 5 – Milwaukee, Wis., Turner Hall Ballroom
May 6 – Chicago, Ill., House Of Blues
May 7 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
May 13 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Fonda
May 16 – Ventura, Calif., Majestic Ventura Theater
May 17 – Sacramento, Calif., Ace Of Spades
May 18 – San Francisco, Calif.,  The Fillmore
May 20 – Victoria, British Columbia, University Of Victoria
May 21 – Seattle, Wash., The Showbox
May 22 – Portland, Ore., Aladdin Theater
May 24 – Arvada, Colo., Arvada Center

Some shows are already on sale.  Head over to for more information.