Watch Bono, Nick Cave + Sinead O’Connor Play at Shane MacGowan’s 60th Birthday Party
Bono, Nick Cave, Johnny Depp and Sinead O’Connor were among those who turned out in Dublin, Ireland, last night (Jan. 15) to honor the Pogues' frontman Shane MacGowan on the occasion of his 60th birthday. You can watch MacGowan and Cave performing “Summer in Siam” above, while Bono, with Depp on guitar, sings “A Rainy Night in Soho, and O’Connor, who now goes by the name Magda Davitt, in a rare live appearance, playing “You’re the One," below.
MacGowan, whose birthday was on Christmas Day, was the star guest at the event at the National Concert Hall. He remains in a wheelchair after having fractured his pelvis several years ago, but seemed fit enough to celebrate alongside a wide range of guests who also included Glen Hansard, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and the Libertines’ Carl Barat.
“From ‘A Pair of Brown Eyes’ to ‘Fairytale of New York,’ Shane MacGowan is widely recognized as a poet of modern music and one of the great international songwriters,” a press release said when the show was announced. “This concert as part of the NCH Perspectives Series celebrates the power and poetry of Shane’s work and his singular contribution to Irish music. The stellar line-up of guests features a who’s who of world leading musicians, singer/songwriters and performers, many of whom are influenced by, and have professed admiration for Shane’s musical output. … Joining them are a newly created band featuring members of the Pogues led by Music Director Terry Edwards.”
The release went on to noted that close friend Depp had once described MacGowan as “one of the most important poets of the 20th century.” The statement continued, “MacGowan is that, for sure, yet he is also one of the very few singular, erudite pioneers whose personal vision of music provided successive generations with notions way beyond their awareness. The legacy of his genius song-writing has not only been sustained but also intensified. He is, as a particularly relevant song might observe, a man you don’t meet every day.”