I love The Waterboys in all it’s incarnations and I’ve had a relationship with them almost as long as with Bob Dylan. I have seen them live a lot of times, many more than I’ve seen Dylan. I know that a Waterboys concert is always good, sometimes magical. Last time I saw them was when they opened for Neil Young in Bergen 2014, they were great! They have played several venues in Norway 2015.
I’m a sucker for good cover versions and Mike Scott certainly knows how to do that. Please check out his reading (from his own book, Adventures of a Waterboy) down in this post, it is a wonderful story.
Let’s start with a phenomenal version of Dylan’s Girl from the North Country:
And a live version from Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 8th December 2013:
The Waterboys – Death Is Not The End (live):
Mike Scott recalls meeting Bob Dylan:
Mike Scott and Steve Wickham jamming Dylan’s classic, Knockin’ on heaven’s door, featuring an incredible guitar solo by 20-year-old Patrick Smith. Recorded in a basement jam session after a charity gig in Nova Scotia:
The Waterboys – Nobody ‘Cept You:
The Waterboys – When the ship comes in:
The Waterboys – Buckets of Rain:
Mike Scott and Sharon Shannon – Forever Young:
The Waterboys – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight:
The Bootlegs (pre-The Waterboys’ Mike Scott band) – Isis:
Let us finish off with a fierce interpretation of Maggies Farm, from – Nürburg, Rock Am Ring June 14 1986, this video also has the following songs, Whole Of The Moon and Meet Me At The Station. We also get an interview with Mike Scott:
I know that they have played Gotta Serve Somebody but I cannot find it anywhere…