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Friday Pogues Blogging

I saw the Pogues’ show at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre last night, exactly 22 years minus one day since the last time I saw them.
Spider Stacy seems to have fared a tad better than Shane :^). The show was good, but of course nothing can compare to nostalgia. A particularly enjoyable feature for me was the ecstatic reaction of a nearby woman who was a devoted fan — she was loving every millisecond. I was bemused thinking that last time I stood 15 feet from Shane and company she was probably not even toilet-trained.
There were plenty of grey hairs in the audience, even up front. I was polite and let a shorter person in front of me, and as the band got into things I wound up a few feet back from the stage, where the crowd was younger and ethanol-fueled. Luckily my quads are as strong, and my elbows as sharp, as they were back in the day.
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One comment on "Friday Pogues Blogging"

  • Megaroni says:

    What did this ecstatic young fan look like? She may have grown up on the pogues since she was 5 years old and never got to see them with Shane before. Did she happen to be in the company of 2 crazy irishwomen? Anyway, you don’t happen to have a setlist for the other night, do you? Thanks,
    A particularly adoring fan

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