The old line-up return to play some special shows...

SHANE MacGOWAN is to rejoin Pogues for a pre-Christmas tour of the UK and Ireland.

The band will play eight dates around the country. The band, who performed a similar tour in 2001, and MacGowan last appeared love onstage together at the Fleadh in London’s Finsbury Park in 2002.

The full list of dates is as follows:

Glasgow Academy (December 13/14)

Newcastle Arena (16)

Birmingham Academy (17)

Manchester Evening News Arena (18)

London Brixton Academy (20/21)

Dublin Point Theatre (23)

Singer MacGowan initially quit the group in 1991 and the rest of the band eventually disbanded in 1995.