Mercury Rev to play the Theatre Royal

Mercury Rev last visited Waterford in 2008 when they played the intimate setting of Electric Avenue. A decade on, the band return for a very special show at the Theatre Royal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their opus ‘Deserter’s Songs’.
When ‘Deserter’s Songs’ was released in 1998, it kick-started one of the greatest, and most unexpected second acts in music history. They had been known for making indie rock that was chaotic, psychedelic, and bathed in layers of distortion.

Mercury Rev return to Waterford 10 years on from their last gig here.

Mercury Rev return to Waterford 10 years on from their last gig here.

However, after coming close to breaking up in the wake of 1995’s ‘See You On The Other Side’, the band returned with a new mature sound that moved away from rock towards Americana, showing the influence of artists like The Band and Van Dyke Parks.
Still widely considered their best work, Mercury Rev will celebrate ‘Deserter’s Song’s’ 20th anniversary by performing the songs in the fragile “whisper and strum” that they were originally written for what promises to be an extraordinary glimpse into the forces that nearly destroyed a band and the strange events leading toward a most unexpected return.

The gig is already 70 per cent sold out and the remaining tickets can be purchased online at, the Theatre Royal box office or at 051-874402.

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