The Pogues- Glasgow O2 Academy (17/12/13) Live Review

Christmas is filled with traditions, from roasted turkeys and overfeeding, to rubbish television and a collective of hideous jumpers being worn by the masses. A slightly alternative tradition to these, yet one that is just as, if not more important is The Pogues’ annual set of festive gigs. For years now The Pogues have performed in major cities throughout the UK to sold out crowds in the weeks up to Christmas. The reason for specifically choosing these dates could be for many reasons, such as trying to create a sense of unity among the crowd as they approach the season of goodwill, to help people through the cold nights… or perhaps and this seems likely, because Fairytale Of New York has made Shane MacGowan (Lead Singer) and the rest of the band a ridiculous sum of money.

For those somehow unfamiliar with the band, The Pogues are an Irish punk
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R.I.P. Philip Chevron of The Pogues

Philip Chevron, guitarist for The Pogues during the legendary Irish band’s prime, has died—after the cancer he’d believed he’d beaten in 2007 suddenly returned in 2012. He was 56. Chevron got his start in The Radiators From Space, an early Irish punk band that formed in 1976. The group’s debut single, “Television Screen,” and debut album, TV Tube Heart, came out in 1977 at the height of the original punk explosion. Both are considered minor classics of the genre, and they also helped galvanize and inspire the Irish music scene. (An excellent appreciation of The ...
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Pogues differ over 'Farewell' tour claim

Members of The Pogues have publicly differed over the billing of their upcoming live dates as a 'Farewell Christmas Tour'. On the band's official forum, a fan asked guitarist Philip Chevron if the gigs did in fact mark the group's last seasonal dates. Chevron said: "This claim does not come from me and I will neither be supporting it nor discussing it. You may consider it a marketing ploy if you wish." However, bandmate Spider Stacey countered: "This is the last Christmas tour for the foreseeable future. That's not to say we won't be showing up at festivals here and there or maybe even the odd gig around the UK and Ireland and certainly in Europe. "But we're tired of dragging our weary, freezing carcasses (more)
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