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Waterboys bring passion to Sage

When a band can encourage a middle-aged audience to dance, then you know you're in for something truly entertaining, and this was certainly the case when I saw The Waterboys perform.

When a band can encourage a middle-aged audience to dance, then you know you're in for something truly entertaining, and this was certainly the case when I saw The Waterboys perform.

After listening to a few of their tracks, you could be forgiven for thinking that they're the poor man's Red Hot Chili Peppers, but whereas the Chili Peppers focus mainly on the rock, The Waterboys offer a variety of genres of music, ranging from ballads and folk to rock.

Opening up with Glastonbury Song, The Waterboys started the night the way they meant to go on, offering tracks from their new album Book Of Lightning, which excited a crowd who already appeared to be in high spirits.

From time to time the band took a breath, allowing lead singer Mike Scott to exchange a few jokes with the crowd, adding to the atmosphere and certainly making each individual crowd member feel right at home, listening to Scott's thick Scottish accent.

After a few more classic rock songs such as Medicine Bow, The Waterboys then sought to perform Peace Of Iona, one of their more famous ballads, for the crowd.

This song depended mostly on the vocals of Scott, who was both passionate and tremendous in the execution of it, giving it a very personal, poignant feel to the crowd, who absolutely adored it.

One of the latter songs of the performance was the famous mid-80s hit The Whole Of The Moon, which caused the crowd to erupt with energy, and many chose to sing along.

The performance by The Waterboys was exceptional, marking the end of their tour, and a great start to the Evolution Festival, making it a very special night for both Waterboys fans and general music lovers alike.

CHRIS CONWAY

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