Last Night was the Pogues concert! It was great!! The Saw Doctors open the show at the Borgata. They were very good too.
The Murphy's was flowing freely (but not free by any stretch). Shane came out and looked bad. That being said, he looked a lot more together than I thought he was going to look. With the years of drinking and lack of dental work, he's never one to spend time on speeching clearly, but being very familiar with their songs, I thought he was more clear that I anticipated. It should be noted that he was drinking water (at least on stage) the entire night. . . .Well, almost the entire night. A good sign that they were playing their last encore was when Shane drank an entire bottle of Zinfindel (at least it looked like Zinfindel) during the song.
The best part of the concert for me was the juxtaposition of the crowd. When the spiked haired, neck tattooed, punk throwbacks started up a mosh pit (something I haven't really seen since the 80s) amidst the older conservatives (comped tickets), all Hell broke loose. The suit and tie crowd exit the front of the stage faster than the "non-believers" started heading towards the Christmas tree in the Posideon Adventure (like Hackman is ever wrong). They had their drinks splashed on them and they were complaining about the crowd. It's the Pogues!! What did they expect. If he would have started the show with "Bottle of Smoke", once the F-bombs started, they might have had a better idea of what to expect.
As for the show, if you can get your self to the three shows in NY. . .DO IT! The show was worth whatever you have to pay for it! They played for over 2 hours and it was like a "Best of" concert. Shane took a break every three songs or so and the band filled in while Shane did whatever Shane does backstage.
Well Done! Shane! Well Done! Pogues!! The show was well worth dragging my sleep deprived body through the Philadelphia Irish Day Parade for my wife's dance troop . . . .which was also went very well.