Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Waterboys @ Bataclan, Paris May 24 2012

The Waterboys @ Bataclan, Paris May 24 2012

Sorry , didn't have the time to write the review before, I've been busy.
A friend kindly invited me, didn't really know what to expect as I've never heard The Waterboys' music, even though I'm familiar wih their name and that they've been in the buziness for a long time.
It's far from being full @ Bataclan, the balcony is closed.
I wasn't disappointed, great kick ass rock 'n roll music with a bit of Irish folk music thrown in courtesy of some great fiddle, Pedal steel guitar and gorgeous organ.

Hard to believe this band is not more popular considering the music that they're playing: a mix of Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" era with Irish folk.
It was as simple as that: not a bad or average song for the whole set.
The band left the stage twice to let Mike Scott play a couple of songs on acoustic guitar, there was some theatrical effects with some reading with a mask (see pic above).

They had 2 huge hits over here in the 80's which they played tonight ("A girl called Johnny" & "The whole of the moon") which are sounding different from the rest of the songs they've performed.
Great discovery -never late than never- for probably one of the best rock shows we've been to this year.
Watch the video below to see what you've been missing.
setlist & merchandising

That's what I call Rock 'n Roll !

Other shows this week:
May 25
Norah Jones @ Olympia (sold out)
May 26
Jimmy Cliff @ Bataclan
May 27
Mudhoney , free show @ La Villette 4:30pm
May 29
Soundgarden @ Zénith Paris
Elvis Costello @ Olympia (?)

From May 29 onwards:
Pop'Pea with Carl Barat @ Théatre du Chatelet