Legendary Irish group and ‘Fairytale Of New York’ singers The Pogues have admitted that they are no longer active and have “had enough” of touring.
In a new interview with Vice, singer Shane MacGowan talked about the future of the group, conceding that they are currently not performing together as a band.
When asked whether the group were currently active, MacGowan replied that they “were not”, while he also stated that since the group’s 2001 reunion, they’d “[grown] to hate each other all over again”.
Retracting the last statement, MacGowan then clarified his point by saying, “I don’t hate the band at all—they’re friends. I like them a lot. We were friends for years before we joined the band. We just got a bit sick of each other. We’re friends as long as we don’t tour together. I’ve done a hell of a lot of touring. I’ve had enough of it.”
The Pogues last performed together in the UK on July 5, 2014 in support of The Libertines at Hyde Park. Previous to that, the Irish group had performed their near-annual run of Christmas show’s at London’s Brixton Academy.
The group released seven albums since forming in 1982, including 1985’s ‘Rum, Sodomy and the Lash’, but are perhaps most well-known for their 1987 Christmas duet with Kirsty MacColl ‘Fairytale Of New York’.