The Pogues are about to embark a 10-date, six-city tour that is likely to be their final run of concerts in the United States. “I think we are basically pretty certain this is the last tour of this type we’ll be doing in the States,” band co-founder Peter “Spider” Stacy told Billboard. “We’re not saying this is absolutely, definitely the end,” Stacy said, noting that the band is open to playing one-off gigs down the line.
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According to Stacy, one of the key factors for ending the Pogues’ run as a live band is that the cost of touring as an eight-piece has become very expensive, which has pushed up the cost of tickets for their shows. Plus, Stacy says that frontman Shane McGowan’s notoriously erratic behavior has made it difficult for the band to justify the price of their tickets since they can’t guarantee a top-quality performance.
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The band will begin their final round of touring in Chicago on March 3rd and will wrap it up with a series of three performances at Terminal 5 in New York City.