Spider Stacy from The Pogues shared thoughts on his longtime friendship with Shane MacGowan, two months after his passing.
According to PEOPLE magazine, Stacy recalled meeting the Irish singer-songwriter in London in 1977 and reflected on their bond in an essay for Mojo.
The Dirty Old Town singer said, “It’s a strange place to find myself, writing about my friend who has died, my friend without whom my life would have been utterly different.”
He went on to praise his ex-bandmate Andrew Ranken, who called MacGowan's music "amazing, enduring, and radiant songs."
Stacy said, “And I honestly don’t know what to write so much has already been said, so many beautiful, heartfelt words from people who have lost someone dear to them, a brother, a lover someone who was besides all else such a towering figure, a genius who could shape the hopes and fears, the sad, stained glory of the human condition into such extraordinary forms.”
He continued, “Maybe that’s the key. Shane, when I first got to know him, back in the dreaming turbulence of our early twenties, was always the coolest of us. He understood the essence of what made something matter, of what was real.”
The 65-year-old singer also shared a story about one of their early gigs at a club, where MacGowan convinced a club worker that their band, known for playing Irish rebel songs, should perform and remembered that MacGowan's tactic surprisingly worked.
“The gig itself was something of a farce but an idea was taking shape. What had started with Shane sneering out a punk version of 'Poor Paddy on the Railway' on a friend’s acoustic guitar turned into something of a different order to anything we could have imagined,” Stacy said
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The Summer in Siam singer continued, “Somewhere towards the end of our first tour I told Shane I thought we were the best band in the world. He scoffed. ‘Of course we f---ing are!’ Heroes live forever.”
Shane MacGowan death:
MacGowan, lead vocalist and primary lyricist of Celtic punk band The Pogues, died at the age of 65 after facing health challenges on November 30, 2023.
According to a journalist, MacGowan was found to have encephalitis and stayed in intensive care from the moment he was diagnosed until he passed away almost a year later.
MacGowan's wife Victoria Mary Clarke, shared the news of his death in a detailed message on Instagram.