The Pogues to tour Australia

November 10, 2011 • Arts & Entertainment, News,

The Pogues are on their way back to Australia, after a two-decade absence.

The Pogues have announced their first Australian tour dates since 1989.

Shane MacGowan will lead Jem Finer, Spider Stacy, James Fearnley, Darryl Hunt, Andrew Ranken, Philip Chevron and Terry Woods for dates in April next year, including a performance at the Byron Bays Bluesfest.

The group kicks of a three-date tour at Festival Hall in Melbourne on April 4, before playing the Byron festival on April 8.

They finish their tour at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on April 11.

Defying some observers – and doctors —  the band will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.

The Pogues came kicking and screaming into the world in 1982 when founding members Shane McGowan, Peter ‘Spider’ Stacy, Jem Finer and James Fearnley united for a show in Kings Cross, London.

Red Roses for Me soon followed, and with the follow-up Rum Sodomy and the Lash, critical accolades began to appear for front man MacGowan as he hit his lyrical straps.

Just over a decade after MacGowan’s departure, The Pogues reconvened in 2001.



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