Their home country wobbled on the brink of economic collapse in 1982, when these besotted Irish punk traditionalists came together in London. These days, Ireland’s doing brilliantly, thank you very much, and it’s our own internally plundered homeland that could use a stiff drink. And when better to drown your recessionary sorrows than during the Pogues’ three-night Roseland run, ending on St. Patrick’s Day? The magnificently dissipated (and dentally challenged) frontman Shane McGowan,
who returned to the fold in 2001 following a decade-long, alcohol-related hiatus, still plays Keith Richards to talented bandmates Spider Stacy and Patrick Chevron (who rejoins the band following a 2007 throat-cancer scare). Expect material ranging from their 1985 masterpiece Rum, Sodomy & the Lash to 1993’s excellent Waiting for Herb, which was released during McGowan’s absence but holds up just fine.
March 15-17, 6:30 p.m., 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 11, 2008