|ive seen em twice. Just before christmas just gone, and a couple years back (both times at Brixton academy). Strange gigs, as in a perfect world, i would be seeing them in a small venue, in north london somwhere in the 80s, but then its also not often you get to see your all-time heroes play live, and whilst its not a 'come back' in any sense, they know its a bit of fun and there's no 'new material' or other other nasty surprises like that. Another aspect of it, that marks them out from a lot of other re-unions is that it IS all the original band (if we take it as the '..Grace With God' line up as original), so there's no pony-tailed session musicians lurking in the shadows or replacement members. Indeed, the first time i saw them, they had even managed to coax Cait O'Riordan out from wherever she was to do vocals on 'Fairytale..' and 'Man You Dont Meet Everyday'. |
Of course hanging over this is the ever present issue of Shane: Do you shake your head and mutter "such a shame" "wasted talent" as lots of people i know do, or do you celebrate the fact that he is still with us, and has had more years of success as a writer and musician than most could ever hope for, and lets be frank, he was always mumbling, swaying and drinking: he's just older now. Its telling that (invevitably around christmas) there were a lot of interviews with him and he even had a 'yule blog' on the Guardian website, where he came across as intelligent and lucid as he ever was (i.e. very much so). Anyway, as far as the shows are concerned, they were great. Im sure they were coloured by my own personal Pogues-tinted glasses, and there were too many oafish blokes throwing Guinness around near the front, but they were tight(but not too tight!) Shane was standing up and remembered all his lyrics, there was great atmosphere and everyone was having tons of fun, which is what its about, right?
The only other time i had that much fun watching a band having a reunuion was the Misfits with Jerry Only on bass, Marky Ramone on drums and Dez Cadena on guitar. And they did Misfits, Ramones AND Black Flag stuff! woo!