The Irish group are reunited with their legendary but wayward singer for a series of Christmas shows...

THE POGUES are set to reform with their legendary frontman SHANE MACGOWAN for a series of shows over one week in December, NME.COM can reveal.

The shows are at: Manchester Academy (December 16) Glasgow SECC(17) Birmingham Academy (18) Dublin Point Depot (20) London Brixton Academy (21, 22)

No reason has been given for the decision to put the line-up back together. MacGowan, the man who penned The Pogues' best known tracks such as 'Fairytale Of New York', 'The Old Main Drag' and 'Thousands Are Sailing', was thrown out of the band in 1991 after his excessive drinking and drug-taking became too much. Former Clash frontman Joe Strummer took his place for several tours until the remaining members disbanded in 1995.

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