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Waterboys at the Majestic Theatre, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Mike Scott has been leading the Waterboys since forming the group 26 years ago in Edinburgh Scotland. Since then it's mixed punk rock, Celtic and folk styles across 13 studio albums -- including "Where the Action Is," which came out during May.

Scott, 60, also released some solo albums during the 90s, but the Waterboys is his brainchild and baby, and he's juggled more than 70 members through the band, though the current lineup has been intact since 2013...

"Where the Action Is" wasn't an intentional album, according to Scott. "It began as a kind of mix-tape album that I was going to put out almost privately," he says by phone. "After I finished the last record I had a number of instrumentals left over, and I started playing with those and putting vocals over them. then a couple of them turned into actual songs and little by little what began as a mash-up mixtape record turned into a regular Waterboys record of serious songs."

The 10-track set -- whose "Out of All This Blue" was the title of the Waterboys' last album in 2017 -- is stylistically diverse, which Scott considers inevitability anymore. "I'm afraid that's gonna be the case of all Waterboys records. There's always variety. I don't work within one style of music. I like them all and feel free to move within them all."

Other interesting tracks on the album include "London Mick," about the Clash's "Mick Jones," and the closing "Piper at the Gates of Dawn," named after Pink Floyd's 1967 debut album. "'Pipers' is a favorite record of mine. About 15 years ago when I was living in Scotland we had some mid-summer shows booked, and we were playing with a didgeridoo player and wanted to do a special encore with him. I had to come up with some piece of music and we needed a chord sequence to work with the note of D in every chord, 'cause the didgeridoo is a one-note instrument. I enjoyed directing 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn' over it. I had a live recording of it, but it wasn't polished enough to use on a record. I've kept it in mind every time I've made an album since then, and we finally got something I was happy with."

The Waterboys performs Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit Doors at 7 p.m. $34 advance, $40 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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