The Pogues' Shane MacGowan: 'I once went naked with Pete Doherty for a photoshoot'

Hellraising frontman also reckons he drank Johnny Depp under the table

The Pogues at Oxegen 2008. Shane MacGowan and co packed the festival's Green Room tent to capacity as they ran through an ecstatically received greatest hits set. It was their first Irish festival appearance in 20 years. Pic: Andy Whitton
The Pogues' frontman Shane MacGowan has revealed he once went naked for a photoshoot with Pete Doherty.

The singer said fashion photographer Mario Testino took the unpublished snaps of the pair a few years ago.

He told Shortlist:
Pete didn't want to take his trousers off, he was very embarrassed [about being naked]. I wasn't bothered, I was going to rock festivals when I was 12 and there were naked people everywhere.
MacGowan has performed onstage with Doherty on a number of occasions in the past for a version of folk legend Ewan MacColl's 'Dirty Old Town'. The hellraising frontman also reckons he once drank Johnny Depp under the table, adding: "No-one's ever beaten me in a proper drinking competition. He [Depp] has a drink but he gets wasted."

MacGowan claims that fans often come up to him thinking he's been dead a long time. The singer says: "'I thought you were dead', I always get that. 'How come you're not dead?'" His band are set to release a new live album and DVD entitled 'Pogues In Paris: 30th Anniversary Concert At The Olympia', which features two recent gigs in the French capital. It comes out on Monday (November 19).

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