Headed by lead singer and principal songwriter Shane MacGowan, The Pogues built a cult following in the United Kingdom during the late 1980s and early ’90s. The band’s cult status translated to a lesser degree in the U.S., though proving to be a hot ticket among the right market.

MacGowan’s struggles with substance abuse are often apparent in the band’s live performances, and the singer was even asked to leave the band for a while before the group disbanded completely. Now that the Pogues have reformed (with MacGowan), they continue to earn high marks from critics who note that the band’s musical ability and MacGowan’s lyrical prowess — though sometimes slurred — remain intact.

Irish punk rockers The Pogues have set themselves up for a nine-show stint on the East Coast this spring. The four-city run kicks off with a March 9 concert at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, and wraps with a two-night stand on March 20-21 at the new House of... Read more