One of my big music regrets was not seeing the Waterboys live at poly when the were at the height of their Big Music period, I'd even managed to miss them for the for the Fisherman's Blues and Room to Roam tours. I eventually caught a short set at the Fleadh but at that point Mike Scott was touring under his own name.
A couple of years after the Fleadh gig a new Waterboys lp A Rock in a Weary land appeared out of the blue. If I'm being honest it is a very patchy affair which a much heavier more traditional rock and roll sound. I we nt to se them on the tour to promote the lp and they carried that sound over to the live arena. It was and still is by far the loudest gig I've ever been to. My whole body seemed to ache at some of the lengthy guitar parts.
Live didn't do much to alter my opinion of the lp , the tracks I liked were great, the ones I didn't weren't improved by stretching them out and upping the volume
One of the best ones both on the lp and live is this song about the life and death of Diana. Candle in the Wind it isn't!
Is she conscious of the the chauffeur as he drives
Is she conscious as the ambulance arrives