Being a music a fan and living in Nashville involves the process of constantly reconciling yourself with bands not playing here. U2 are the biggest band in the world, and they haven't been here since they played the Murphy Center on Nov. 28, 1987. Given that one of Nashville's largest industries is Christian book publishing it seems like a huge cosmic fuck-up for us to be so so shafted by God. For that reason, people like myself are sometimes forced to take the great American road trip to get a proper concert fix. Some shows are worth it. One show that is sure to be just that is upcoming Pogues show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta.
For the last couple years, The Pogues have come across the pond around St. Patrick's day for four- to five-show runs of large markets like New York, D.C. and Boston. The Atlanta show, on Mar. 9, will be the first in the South--and possibly last, considering that Shane McGowen is someone I'd probably put in my celebrity dead pool if I were to have one--since the band reunited. Being that they don't do full-fledged tours I'd guess that their chances of ever coming to Music City are about .0000000000000000000001 percent.
I saw the Pogues at Boston's Orpheum Theater on St. Patty's day three years ago and it was everything I hoped for and more. By far the most rockin' show I've ever seen to employ absolutely no electric guitar. Shane kept it together pretty well--except for a couple times when he came in at the wrong spots and at the end of the show when he walked off the opposite end of the stage as the rest of the band, having to be physically turned around by roadies--and the set list was near flawless. The show I saw had one gigantic flaw however. The Orpheum Theater has a policy against bringing beverages into the main auditorium, which forced 2,000 people to cram shoulder to shoulder in the lobby, trying their hardest to reach the level of intoxication that is almost obligatory for a Pogues show. This also meant that the auditorium was virtually empty for the opening act, the fucking Walkmen!
Being a general admission venue, Atlanta's Tabernacle should be far more conducive to the Pogues experience. I wanna drive down there, get drunk off my ass and avoid taking a Doc Marten to the face while I sing along to "Body of an American" like I'm at a cop funeral on The Wire. Who's with me?
Atlanta really ain't that far, so if gas prices stay down and we take my car then it would be $37.14 each way (according to www.fuelcostcalculator.com). Totally worth it! Don't believe me? Check this out: