What Do You Mean You ‘Weren’t Invited’?

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Last night

National Concert Hall, Dublin 2

Shane MacGowan on the occasion of his 60th birthday is celebrated by President Michael D. Higgins and a line-up that included Bono, Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Glen Hansard, Camille O’Sullivan, Johnny Depp, Sinéad O’Connor, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat of The Libertines, Lisa O’Neill, Finbar Furey, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, Clem Burke of Blondie, Cáit O’Riordan, Spider Stacy, Jem Finer, Terry Woods of The Pogues, and more.

President Higgins presented Shane with a special Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the “power and poetry of his work and his singular contribution to Irish music”.

All pics: Mark Stedman

26 thoughts on “What Do You Mean You ‘Weren’t Invited’?

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        How could he look any other way? It’s a testament to his genetic makeup that he’s still alive, really, given the battering his body has taken.

    1. Nigel

      I’m glad to see her there, last I heard, admittedly more than a decade ago, they’d fallen out but now I can go back to properly enjoying ‘I Wanna Be Haunted By The Goat Of Your Precious Love’ again because I love that song.

        1. Johnny Keenan

          That is hilarious Brother. Remember the grilling Plank gave Shane on the late late. Poor ole MacGowan thought he was in the high court. Plank put out all the stops for an intervention. I thought the cops were going to come out and arrest him. Eventually after realiising he could answer back he said she’d do anything for publicity. But in fairness he has some great people around him that really care including Sinead. His father put Plank in his place that night and spoke so lovely of his son.
          https://youtu.be/ez61mxRLFbw

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Oh, I saw that bit. It made me teary. Such a horrible question to ask and such a lovely, understated, classy answer from Shane’s Dad.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            yeah for sure – bleak contrast between compassion and decency of Shane with the sneaky insinuations from Kenny

    2. pixiehat

      be great if she was named in the Broadsheet caption at the end of all the photos…metoo and all that…? maybe she’s covered by “and more”…not good, not good.

  1. digs

    Is that Camille O’Sullivan standing between Johnny Depp and Bobby Gillespie in the last picture??? Looks like she’s been working out!

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      She’s going out with Aiden Gillen, isn’t she? I was about to say you wouldn’t see him as he’s fairly titchy, but to be fair, he’d be fine standing next near Bono.

    2. Dinger

      It was. She was amazing as was cait o’riordan. Macgowan can sing better than he can speak. Amazing night

  2. Otis Blue

    He’s well deserving of the honour but the public nature of the event seems a bit intrusive to me. He doesn’t look at all well.

    Godspeed Shane!

  3. Iwerzon

    It was a great night – I was one of the lucky ones to have gotten a ticket. Sinead O’Connor and Lisa O’Neill were the highlights of the night for me. Not convinced Depp’s guitar was plugged in though.

  4. Sir Adolf Von Bratwurst

    I remember seeing him in Dublin airport in 2002 and he looked terrible, far worse than he looks now. that was over 15 years ago so all things considered, he seems to be doing ok.

  5. Daisy Chainsaw

    In light of Dolores’ untimely passing, it’s nice to see Shane feted by his peers while he’s still here, even if it looks like the family visiting Grandad on his 90th birthday.

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