Posted in music | pictures on March 17, 2009

photos by Faith-Ann Young

The Pogues

The Pogues performed two of their three scheduled pre-St. Patrick's Day NYC gigs over the weekend at Roseland Ballroom (canceling Thursday, 3/12). Franz Nicolay opened Friday, 3/13. Lucero opened Satuday, 3/14.

"While the cittern and pennywhistle players chugged away at "Sally MacLennane," youngsters in tweed caps jigged along with linked arms, and although frontman Shane MacGowan slurred his way through "If I Should Fall From Grace With God," the crowd knew every word. In fact, the only intelligible phrases to come out of MacGowan's mostly-toothless mouth were 1) "we're drunk," and 2) "General Franco, everybody!" When the singer stopped the music with a stream of verbose garble, a thick brogue carried from the back of the packed hall: "Start singing, ya lazy bastard!"" [Village Voice - Saturday night]
And from Faith, also from Saturday:
On cue, "Straight To Hell" by The Clash blasted loud as the The Pogues walked on stage. Shane MacGowan came on in black shades with a bottle of wine and cigarette in hand. Starting strong with "Streams of Whiskey," The Pogues carried the crowd with ease and tight musicianship - particularly accordionist James Fearnley and a wiry, shrunken, Phil Chevron. If you didn't know every word, you were in the sad minority. [Faith-Ann Young]
The Pogues play again tonight (3/17) and tomorrow night (3/18) in Washington, DC, and this weekend (3/20 & 3/21) in Boston. Lucero will be at SXSW and a lot of other places soon.

More pictures from Saturday night below...

Lucero...

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Comments (13)

what's hotter than a girl in a Dinosaur Jr shirt?

(5th picture from the top)

Posted by wembley | March 17, 2009 2:59 PM

Show of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:10 PM

a dude wearing an Albannach shirt.

(4th picture from bottom)

possibly a camera-shy Jim James

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:22 PM

Ben Nichols is hotter

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:25 PM

ben nichols' guitar is hotter!

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:38 PM

Gimme mah setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:45 PM

As an irish-American, I used to think Shane was a disgrace.

Now I know he'll outlive us all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:57 PM

woW, a genuinE band in brooklyn their not even wearing the trucker hat$ to be ironic,

Posted by crooklynvegan | March 17, 2009 7:04 PM

what's hotter than a girl in a Dinosaur Jr shirt?

(5th picture from the top)

Posted by wembley | March 17, 2009 2:59 PM

Show of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:10 PM

a dude wearing an Albannach shirt.

(4th picture from bottom)

possibly a camera-shy Jim James

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:22 PM

Ben Nichols is hotter

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:25 PM

ben nichols' guitar is hotter!

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:38 PM

Gimme mah setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:45 PM

As an irish-American, I used to think Shane was a disgrace.

Now I know he'll outlive us all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 3:57 PM

woW, a genuinE band in brooklyn their not even wearing the trucker hat$ to be ironic,

Posted by hhy | March 17, 2009 10:04 PM

Say what you want about how decrepid/fucked up Macgowan is...The friday night show was great and he'll go down as a legend...If you can go to a bar on st patty's (or anytime for that matter) and not get a thrill when you suddenly hear the Pogues blasting through I don't know what's wrong with you...

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 11:56 PM

uh, you're not pretending to be Irish.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 7:34 AM

Dude...That's my mum and dad in the second last pic :)

Posted by Michelle | March 18, 2009 5:44 PM

And that's my sister in the Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt.

Posted by Fronzel | April 11, 2009 7:37 PM

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