Tour Dates — June 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

The Waterboys announce initial dates for band’s ‘longest American tour ever’

Mike Scott of The Waterboys

The Waterboys will embark on a “coast-to-coast” North American tour this fall that marks the band’s first full tour here since 2007, with bandlander Mike Scott this week promising it will be “the longest Waterboys American tour ever” as he announces initial dates along the East and West coasts of the U.S. this September and October.

The trek — which follows Canadian dates and a one-off free show in Brooklyn, New York, in July — is currently set to open Sept. 19 in Boston and wrap up back in Massachusetts on Oct. 24, with eight concerts announced so far in between, and “additional dates to be announced soon.”

The band is expected to play 20 U.S. cities this fall.

Scott will be joined on the North American tour by longtime Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham and a new batch of “hand-picked” American bandmates: Jay Barclay (guitar), Malcolm Gold (bass), Daniel Mintseris (keyboards) and Chris Benelli (drums).

On Facebook, Scott wrote:

“North America is just about my favorite place in the world to play and I’m thrilled that this year we’ll play more concerts there than any year of the Waterboys’ existence. Our fall 2013 tour is the longest Waterboys American tour ever and we’re doing it with an American line-up. Apart from myself and fiddler Steve Wickham, all the band members are Americans based in the New York area, players I handpicked myself. I can’t wait to see what kind of a joyful, wild noise we’ll make.”

The tour, which precedes an already announced December run in the U.K. and Ireland, comes as Scott preps a 7-disc box set of material recorded during the sessions for the band’s classic 1988 album Fisherman’s Blues that’s due for release later in this year.

See full tour dates below:


The Waterboys tour dates:

June 15: RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland (Supporting Neil Young & Crazy Horse)
June 29: Westport Festival of Music and Food, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

July 12: Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
July 13: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Supporting Great Big Sea)
July 15: Holy Heart Theatre, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
July 16: Holy Heart Theatre, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
July 17: The Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada
July 19: Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, New York, USA (Free show)
July 21: Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

July 28: Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge, UK
Aug. 2: Wickham Festival, Hampshire, UK
Aug. 24: Pinkpop Classic Festival, Landgraaf, Holland
Aug. 25: Openairtheatre, Riviernhof, Antwerp, Belgium

Sept. 19: The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA, USA
Sept. 20: Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA, USA
Sept. 21: Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, USA
Sept. 25: Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ, USA
Sept. 27: Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, NY, USA
Sept. 28: Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ, USA
Oct. 7: El Rey Theatre- Los Angeles, CA, USA
Oct. 8: Sunset Center, Carmel, CA, USA
Oct. 11: Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA, USA
Oct. 24: Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury, MA, USA

Dec. 8: Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK
Dec. 9: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
Dec. 10: Barrowland, Glasgow, UK
Dec. 11: Barbican, York, UK
Dec. 12: Alexandra, Birmingham, UK
Dec. 15: New Theatre, Oxford, UK
Dec. 17: Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
Dec. 18: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
Dec. 20: Drogheda TLT, Ireland
Dec. 21: Killarney INEC, Ireland
Dec. 22: Galway Leisureland, Ireland
Dec. 23: Dublin Convention Centre, Ireland






  1. Wow!!! Can’t wait to hear those other dates. MA is already getting lots of love with those three shows. And opening up for Neil Young & Crazy Horse in Dublin!!! That is going to be one AMAZING night!

  2. Check out their “Mastertapes” interview over at the BBC this week, too.

  3. If you don’t go see this show, you are an idiot.

  4. The Calvin? The Wilbur? Would like to see them, but I hate the geezer venues they are playing. The Calvin is horrible, and the guy who owns it is an ass. Maybe I drive to see them at the Wilbur. Ugh.

  5. Would LOVE to see this show. But at 3.65/gal for 5 hours with $30 in tolls then grinding around NYC… I’ll be that idiot. Fly into Newark? I’d rather eat a bucket of razer blades.

  6. And they have added Atlanta, GA! At the Variety Playhouse. Sunday October 27th. Tickets on sale this Wednesday.

  7. Why are there never any Southern states dates?!! Add Charlotte to the tour please!!

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