Posted in music | pictures on March 17, 2011

photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

The Pogues

The Pogues kicked off their three night run at Terminal 5 on Tuesday night with over an hour of non-stop crowd-pleasers. They performed with the ease and precision that comes along with being a well established band for nearly three decades. The devoted audience never failed to flaunt its admiration for the group with pride. Frontman Shane MacGowan sporadically left the stage during their set to allow other band members to sing, returning each time with a lit cigarette.

The show was opened by New Jersey's Titus Andronicus who filled the venue with their grandiose rockers that refuse to draw the line between fast, loud, raw punk and refined indie rock. Despite a lack of interest from parts of the audience, Titus delivered a tight set.

The Pogues continued their run at Terminal 5 last night with The So So Glos and conclude tonight, St. Patrick's Day, with Titus Andronicus again. More pictures from the first night are below....

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Comments (34)

So, how was the show?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 10:28 AM

not enough hummus at this show

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 10:31 AM

jacuzzi boys are the new pogues

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 10:32 AM

As we all know, a lack of hummus is just one the multitude of problems associated with T5.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 10:33 AM

Wow. Shane was actually mentally fit to perform? I thought he completely lost it. Didn't strummer front the band for a while in the 80s?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 10:33 AM

They had a teleprompter for the audience that provided subtitles for all the songs. Really made the night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 10:41 AM

How is that dude still alive? Strummer was the best thing that ever happened to the Pogues.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 10:41 AM

^ Whoa. That true? I'll have to find out. Especially since yours is the 1st non-BV dweeb response.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 10:41 AM

Nice photos Dana "distortion"

sincerely,

John "pitchshifter"

Posted by bruise cruise to infinity | March 17, 2011 10:42 AM

I bought a pair a fake MacGowan teeth (complete w/ hummus plaque)

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 11:03 AM

I hear she's engaged to Harry 'Humbucker' Weinstein. :)

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 11:05 AM

@ 10:41 Joe Strummer filled in for Shane briefly in the early 90's. Their have been boots circulating around, but they released two or three live tracks on the Pogues Rhino box set a few years back. I think that there are some videos on YouTube as well. Could have been something, but I think Joe was not up for a permanent gig with The Pogues.

Posted by Fortyver | March 17, 2011 11:14 AM

Set list anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 11:19 AM

shane is the fucking man. sad to say their crowds are full of dickbags but oh well..that being said, i have seen them multiple times since their return..

love,
dickbag

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 11:19 AM

setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 11:24 AM

11:14 (Fortyver): Cool, thanks for the info man. Gotta check that stuff out.

I never knew about this so I find it very interesting that Strummer did the Pogues for a while.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 11:38 AM

"The show was opened by New Jersey's Titus Andronicus...Despite a lack of interest from parts of the audience"

and apparently a lack of interest from "photographer" Dana (Distortion) Yavin

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 11:42 AM

Stage times for the bands?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 12:07 PM

Strummer played gigs with them but wanted no part of replacing Shane. True about their ny crowds; its always amateur hour. The roseland shows two years ago were filled with sloppy 20 year olds falling over themselves drunk, I also saw a very ugly and bloody fight involving a dude that was so far along that it took at least 3 tazer shots to bring him down.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 12:36 PM

Hummus. Epic. Jacuzzi. Meh.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 12:42 PM

Such a great show - can't wait to see them again tonight!
Amazing pictures - they really capture the spirit in my opinion.

Posted by Luna | March 17, 2011 12:55 PM

Kind of incredible the author neglected to name a single song the headliner played. Do you know anything about this band?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 1:38 PM

They're no Wolfe Tones.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 3:24 PM

Yeah, the writer is pretty clueless. "Ease and precision" aren't exactly words one would use to describe a Pogues concert!

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 3:31 PM

I was at Monday's show and they were fantastic.

Sound was really good, the songs were all super tight, Shane was totally with it and not puking on the crowd. They played 2 rounds of encores. Everyone in the crowd I noticed seemed really happy and chill, despite all of the "dudes" in attendance.

Overall a sweet show.

Posted by mike | March 17, 2011 4:15 PM

errr I meant Tuesday's show, not Monday.

Posted by mike | March 17, 2011 4:15 PM

^ Good to hear man. By "dudes", you mean "bros" or meatheads?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 4:25 PM

Meh.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 4:50 PM

^ Are you a billy goat?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2011 5:13 PM

I was also at the tuesday show, and I had a fantastic time among my hummus eating brethren.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2011 5:42 AM

INTERPOL/BLONDE REDHEAD @ Terminal 5 on presale now. PW = sickday

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2011 9:36 AM

10:41 sit down!

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2011 6:52 PM

Tuesday was fun as hell. Anybody go on St Patrick's Day? Was it a shitshow or surprisingly tame?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2011 7:47 PM

Re: 7:47

I went on Tuesday and Thursday. I agree with you that Tuesday was excellent--great crowd and no fighting. The show couldn't have been better. Thursday was exponentially crazier up front, but still manageable (just) and good-natured. Only one altercation and it didn't develop beyond the yelling stage before the participants were separated. If the Pogues return, I'll make sure to go on one of the non-St. Patrick's nights, as you are among the true cognoscenti and don't have to work quite so hard in the pit to keep your head attached to your shoulders.

Posted by Brian Beckenbaugh | March 19, 2011 9:16 AM

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