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Hello Aleksandr,

Thursday, September 27, 2001, 11:50:25 AM, you wrote:

AVR>   folk rock ,   .


        Irish group The Pogues are to reform.
The original eight members of the band will join forces again for six 
        dates in Britain and Ireland this Christmas.
The announcement will delight devotees of the Irish group who split up 
        more than a decade ago.
The line-up will feature Jem Finer, Andrew Ranken, Spider Stacy, James 
        Fearnley, Terry Woods, Phil Chevron, Darryl Hunt - and charismatic singer 
        Shane MacGowan.
Cait ORiorden, who left the band in 1986 and was replaced by Hunt, will 
        not figure in the newly-formed line-up.
The whistlestop tour will take in: Manchester Apollo (December 16), Glasgow SECC (17), Birmingham Academy (18), and the
Dublin Point (20) before it culminates with two shows at Londons Brixton Academy on December 21 and 22.
Organisers have promised the band will perform a greatest hits set for 
        the fans.
The eight members last played together in Japan in the summer of 1991 
        - where a combination of hard drinking and band in-fighting finally took 
        its toll.
Banjo and mandolin player Jem Finer told The Irish Post: "The band did 
        fall to pieces and now with a bit of space in between it would be nice 
        to get together in the spirit of friendship."
The Pogues are seen as the authentic London-Irish band - mixing Irish traditional music with a punk sensibility.
Record label Island Records famously described them as "a hybrid between the Sex Pistols and the Chieftains"- and the group
went on to enjoy a 
        huge following with emigrant Irish communities across the globe.
MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl were famously robbed of a Christmas number one in 1987 when The Pogues Fairytale Of New York
was edged out by the 
        Pet Shop Boys.
Several subsequent Yuletide polls have hailed it as the best Christmas 
        song of all time.
The Pogues stock has risen in recent times. A Best Of album - released 
        by Warner Europe last March - did well in Britain and America. Shane also 
        found himself the subject of an evocative tribute by film-maker Sarah 
        Share in the documentary If I Should Fall From Grace.
A spokesperson for the band said: "This is the real thing. Everyone is 
        really excited. The Pogues are really reforming."
But the spokesperson said that The Pogues have no plans to record any material.
Tickets go on sale for the six shows this Friday, September 28, at 9.30am. Tickets for the dates in Britain are priced at
23.50 and 25 in London 
        and can be bought via website www.gigsandtours.com or credit card hotline 
        number 0115 912 9000.