HUGE, ENORMOUS NEWS. Apparently, Shane MacGowan and the original members of the Pogues have made up, and are re-forming for a few shows... In case you don't remember from the last time I mentioned him, Mr. MacGowan was once the lead singer of the Irish band the Pogues. And then there came a time when he was no longer the lead singer of the Pogues, with the transition point coming when the other band members kicked him out (supposedly) for having a drinking problem. Yes. In an Irish band. Subsequently, it became apparent that despite the fact that he drank like a fish, he was really the musical driver behind the group. After he left, the Pogues had enough momentum to release one pretty good album (Waiting for Herb), and then called it quits after releasing a real stinker (Pogue Mahone). After rubbing a few brain cells together, MacGowan managed to come up with the highly original name "the Popes" for his follow on band. The last time I saw him, he looked like he had just rolled out of the gutter after getting kicked in the head. I can't say how much more his liver can take, so go sooner rather than later if you're at all interested in hearing his gruff, gut-wrenchingly raw Irish tunes.
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