Photo by Xavier Mercade

Mike Scott returns with a new album by The Waterboys this May, a 10-song collection entitled Where the Action Is — the title is inspired by the chorus to Robert Parker’s northern soul classic “Let’s Go Baby” — that follows up the band’s hip-hop inspired double album Out Of All This Blue

The album’s first single, “Right Side Of Heartbreak (Wrong Side Of Love),” can be streamed below.

The album is due out May 24 on Cooking Vinyl Records, and can be pre-ordered now. It will be released digitally, on black- and marble-colored vinyl, and as single and double disc sets; the limited edition 2CD set will include a second disc called Where the Action Is — Mashed with alternate versions and mixes.

Scott will mark the album’s release by taking The Waterboys out on tour in the U.K. and Spain.

Below, check out the album’s tracklist, cover art and first single — plus those tour dates.


The Waterboys, Where the Action Is

1. “Where the Action Is”
2. “London Mick”
3. “Out Of All This Blue”
4. “Right Side Of Heartbreak (Wrong Side Of Love)”
5. “In My Time On Earth”
6. “Ladbroke Grove Symphony”
7. “Take Me There I Will Follow You”
8. “And There’s Love”
9. “Then She Made The Lasses-O”
10. “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn”

Bonus disc in limited-edition 2CD set:
Where the Action Is — Mashed
1. “Where The Action Is” (Mash)
2. “London Mick” (Jess’n’Zeenie Mix)
3. “Out Of All This Blue” (Soul Choir)
4. “Right Side Of Heartbreak” (Box & Vox)
5. “In My Time On Earth” (Scott & Wickham Mix)
6. “Ladbroke Grove Coda”
7. “I Will Follow You Take Me There”
8. “And There’s Love” (Mashtrumental)
9. “Then She Made The Lasses” (Mash)
10. “Where The Action Is” (Reprise)
11. “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” (Instrumental)



The Waterboys tour dates

May 19: Millenium Forum, Derry, UK
May 20: Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK
May 22: The Forum, Bath, UK
May 23: The Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, UK
May 24:- Roundhouse, London, UK
May 25:– Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
May 27: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK
May 28: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
May 29: Sage, Gateshead, UK
June 27: Auditori de Burjassot, Valencia, Spain
June 29: Plataforma de Gredos, Avila, Spain
June 30: Noches Del Botanico, Madrid, Spain
Aug. 8: Cropredy Festival, Oxford, UK
Sept. 5: Skye Live Festival, Isle of Skye, UK
Sept. 6: Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK
Sept. 7: Glasgow Barrowland, Glasgow, UK





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