Now they'll also appear at the Manchester Apollo...

THE POGUES have confirmed a warm-up gig for their forthcoming UK tour.

The group were set to start their tour at the Manchester Apollo on December 16. Now, an extra show at the Manchester Academy has been confirmed for December 15. It will be the first time they have appeared together since a Japanese tour in 1991.

The tour now runs: Manchester Academy (December 15)

Manchester Apollo (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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