The Libertines honour Shane MacGowan with heartfelt ‘Fairy Tale Of New York’ cover

The Libertines, led by Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, have delivered a touching homage to The Pogues’ late frontman Shane MacGowan with their rendition of ‘Fairy Tale Of New York’. Their performance, a blend of piano melodies and shared vocals, was shared on their official Instagram, captioned: “RIP Shane, this one’s for you matey x”.

This poignant gesture continued with another video showcasing the entire band performing the iconic Christmas tune on stage. The caption, “Another one for Shane x,” underlined their deep respect for MacGowan, who recently passed away at 65.

MacGowan’s funeral in Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, witnessed a gathering of notable figures, including Johnny Depp and Nick Cave, reflecting his widespread influence and admiration. Doherty, having shared a close bond with MacGowan, spoke about him on BBC World Service’s Newshour, highlighting his exceptional lyricism and storytelling.

“I knew he was ill but I thought he was bulletproof,” said Doherty, emphasising MacGowan’s romantic, tale-telling songwriting style and his own personal connection with the late artist.

The Libertines’ relationship with MacGowan dates back decades, including memorable on-stage collaborations and shared moments of creativity. The band’s reverence for MacGowan was further echoed in Barât’s Instagram tribute, where he acknowledged the artist’s unmatched talent and influence.

In the wake of honouring MacGowan, The Libertines are gearing up for their latest LP album, All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade, which is set for release on 8th March, 2024. Doherty and Barât have spoken about the album’s inspiration, highlighting sobriety, unity, and the pursuit of beautiful songwriting as key drivers.

Doherty, speaking on his journey with sobriety, expressed his dedication to the band and the new album, saying, “It’s proper toe-to-toe with the demons, but because I believe so much in Carl, Gary, John, and this record, it’s a pleasure.”

The Libertines are not stopping there. They’ve also announced an intimate club tour for 2024, promising a series of close-up performances for their dedicated fanbase.

Mark your calendars for these intimate shows with The Libertines in 2024:

  • January 23: Stockton, ARC
  • January 24: Liverpool, Cavern Club
  • January 25: Milton Keynes, MK11
  • January 27: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
  • January 28: Derby, Hairy Dog
  • February 11: Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
  • February 12: Southampton, Engine Rooms
  • February 14: Stoke, Underground
  • February 15: Leeds, The Wardrobe
  • February 16: Glasgow, Oran Mor

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