Saturday, March 17, 2007

Finally, I Got To See The Pogues! Was It Worth It?

Can you believe I was excited to see a band fronted by a guy with a froggy voice and a mug like that? Finally, after 15 years of waiting and hoping someday the original members of the band plus Shane Macgowan would get back together and tour the country I got to see The Pogues perform. And yes, it was worth it. Worth every last penny (and this was a much more expensive show than what I am accustomed to). First off, a short rant about opening acts. I'm all for them. It can introduce you to a great band on the rise whose music is unique or the very least fun, or it can be sheer torture. This case was the latter. A group of young guys from Ohio called Sarving Goliath started off the show who were musically pretty good, their music had a lot of variety, and was reminiscient to early 90's alternative. But they went too damn long and they looked like they could care less about performing at all. They probably never even heard The Pogues and saw it as another job. Though you can never tell because they sure didn't look like they cared. And note to bookers: if you are going to hire an opening act make sure they are more complimentary to the style of music to the headlining act. I can think of at least one band that was more deserving of the opportunity and I am sure they would have appreciated it more as well. And note to the band: if you want to try and appear all hardcore and smash your instruments make sure the guitar strap isn't around your neck when you try to throw it to the ground. You just looked stupid.

Sorry, back to the show....

A few days ago Shane had injured his leg, but promised to keep on performing. First, the band comes out, all 8 members of the original band (a rarety these days, Chicago tours with only the original 3) and a roady wheels out Shane Macgowan, resident poet, a man who lived the music he sang, a real rambler and drunkard with a beautiful heart. And he looked like an old man, much older than his 49 years as all the heroin and booze has finally caught up to him. Did the audience care? No, they cheered all the more. Could you imagine Mick Jagger or Britney Spears or any other singer coming out to perform in a wheel chair and getting the love Shane got? Think about it. This isn't just any band. This is our band. The fans braved a snow storm to come out to see him because they care that much. A friend and I wondered what song they'd play to star the show. No suprises it was "If I Should Fall From Grace With God". A catchy song more metaphor than hymn that would make you giggle if you saw the light up virgin Mary statue they had on one of the speakers that changed colors every few seconds. They played all their usual hits like A Pair Of Brown Eyes, Sunny Side of the Street, Bottle Of Smoke, and even threw in a few that I didn't recognize. As an added bonus for the song "Fiesta" Spider Stacy kept beat by banging a cookie sheet on his head. I was disapointed to not hear White City performed which is the first song I heard to make me a fan. It was the perfect concert in the fact that the crowd was into it and the band was obviously having a fun as well. Shane was in rare form in spite of looking tired. I'd definately see them again when they come to the Philly area.

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posted by Out Of Jersey | 7:37 PM


Blogger Jenn said...

Yay! (Something I could read!) You had fun! The best of both worlds, apparently. Thanks for the description.

9:19 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Sorry you couldn't check out the vids. The band isn't much to look at to be honest with you. Shane is the looker of the group.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Hey there - I wanted to tell you that per the contest I was running on my blog "Spoiled for the Ordinary", you have won a copy of the book The Watchers.

If you want to claim your prize, email me at jediqb at gmail dot com. Congrats on the win and seeing the Pogues!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Dan Morehead said...

Glad you enjoyed yourself! Know the feeling.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

CR--oh thanks. I wasn't expecting to swoon watching the videos or anything. (Then again, I'm not a big swooner.) And I have come to terms with the fact that this is (gasp!) YOUR blog. (Oh. Right.) But you know. It was just nice to be able to read the experience.

7:57 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

No worries, I take it for granted that all people have high speed internet access.

Thanks for the book, I look forward to reading the book. I have to admit I do not know what contest I joined, either way, thanks a lot.

Glad to see you around. It's been a while.

8:15 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

I was talking to the daughter of one of the guys who went with me she asked, "You took my father to a punk show! are you trying to corrupt him?"

8:15 AM  
Blogger Art said...

Yeah, he's a real looker, huh:) Glad you enjoyed the show though and thanks for the report!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Too_Lively said...

I am listening to The Pogues right now on another site. Wow! I had never really given them much of a chance, and I am enjoying their sound very much.

Thanks for a more thorough introduction to The Pogues!

5:18 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I saw the Pogues last year for their 3 night stint in NYC for St Paddy's Day - all I can say I'm glad I was there, bruises and all.

On another musical note, if you;re into this sort of thing, I have "tagged" you - list 7 songs you're currently listening to right and tag 7 more people. Whether you do or not is completely up to you, My job is done!

7:38 AM  

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