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Theatre Royal, 19th April

Mercury Rev last visited Waterford in 2008 when they played the intimate setting of Electric Avenue, for what many local music fans consider to be one of the best gigs ever held in the city. Now 10 years on, the band return for a very special show at the Theatre Royal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their opus ‘Deserter’s Songs’. The gig is already 70% sold out and the remaining tickets can be purchased online at http://www.theatreroyal.ie, the Theatre Royal box office or at 051 874402

When Mercury Rev’s 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. 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. The album was released to huge acclaim merging jazz, folk and 60s rock with Disney soundtrack fantasia.

It heralded Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a cosmic brand of the popular American songbook. "Deserter’s Songs" was also a hit, generating three Top 40 singles in the form of "Goddess on a Highway", "Holes" and "Opus 40".

Still widely considered their best work, Mercury Rev will celebrate Deserter's Songs' 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.

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