A less than promising start to the day: Heavy rain, sulky daughter and son who had dental surgery four days earlier. Oh well, to Southsea, as we’re going over that way, for a late lunch at Pie & Vinyl http://www.pieandvinyl.co.uk/. It’s a cafe or, more accurately, a pie & mash shop that sells records. They don’t really offer any other food other than really good pies about the size of a 45, drinks and a small selection of cakes. I had Blue & Moo (beef, red wine and blue cheese), the GLW and son had the Freeranger (Chicken, ham, leek & cheese.) Sulky daughter had a glass of water (bloody kids). It was very busy. Too busy for record browsing really, although my wife managed to pick up a Tame Impala album. I’ll be going back another time in the week.
On to Portsmouth. I didn’t used to bother with support acts but Texan, Jarrod Dickenson, was excellent. Wearing an extravagant hat, he and his band played what he describes as “folk, Americana and roots blues.” After a brief turnaround, it was on to the main attraction. The Waterboys started with Destinies Entwined, from latest album, Modern Blues. This was a rockier show than a couple of years ago when they were promoting the Fishermen’s Blues box set. and tracks from Modern Blues featured heavily including Long Strange Golden Road, Rosalind, I Can See Elvis and Still A Freak. Oldies included A Girl Called Johnny, a stripped back Don’t Bang The Drum with just Mike Scott and fiddle player Steve Wickham, Whole Of The Moon, Medicine Bow and single encore song, Fisherman’s Blues.
The current touring band are Scott, Wickham, manic keyboard player Brother Paul, guitarist Zach Ernst, drummer Ralph Salmins and Muscle Shoals bass veteran David Hood. A tight band of virtuosos that seem to love playing together. Venue sound was really good although a little less of David Hood’s bass and more of Wickham’s fiddle in the mix would have added a bit of clarity to these ears. A good time had by all and even sulky daughter enjoyed it.
Old. Lots of grey hair and people who can’t make it through a show without a wee. Age didn’t stop them enjoying the show though. Quite right too.
It made me think..
Now the kids are older, we should do this more often. We missed loads of gigs when they were little because we didn’t have reliable babysitters. Fortunately, due to the change in the music industry, most of the acts we missed years ago are still touring.