The music world pays tribute to Pogues legend Shane MacGowan

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1 Dec 2023, 08:30

Shane MacGowan

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Tributes have been flooding in for Shane MacGowan, following his death at the age of 65. 

Sad news of the musician’s death was confirmed by his wife Victoria Mary Clarke yesterday (30th November) in a post on Instagram. Describing him as “the light that I hold before me and measure of my dreams and the love of my life,” she said: “You will live in my heart forever." 

Shane, who was born on Christmas Day in 1957, is perhaps best known for The Pogues’ classic song, Fairytale Of New York. As well as fronting The Pogues, he also collaborated with artists such as Joe Strummer, Nick Cave, Steve Earle, Ronnie Drew and Sinéad O'Connor.

Fellow musicians and celebrities have taken to social media to post tributes to the late artist. 

Billy Bragg wrote: “Sorry to hear of the demise, after a long illness, of one of the greatest songwriters of my generation, Shane MacGowan. The Pogues reinvigorated folk music in the early 80s and his songs put the focus onto lyric writing, opening doors for the likes of myself and others.”

Peter "Spider" Stacy, who co-founded The Pogues along with MacGowan, Jem Finer and James Fearnleyshared an image of his friend on stage, captioning it: "'O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done.'"

Paul Weller wrote: “What a life mate, love ya.”

Sex Pistol Glen Matlock wrote: “A big round of applause for the legend that was Shane McGowan who is sadly no longer with us. A pleasure to have known you. RIP matey. X”

Nick Cave said: "A true friend and the greatest songwriter of his generation. A very sad day."

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess wrote: “Farewell Shane MacGowan. A life lived to the full. A lyrical genius. An inspiration to so many of us who wanted to be in bands. I followed The Pogues to far flung places, met Shane a few times and watched some of the most exhilarating shows I’ve ever witnessed.”

U2 posted: “Shane MacGowan’s songs were perfect so he or we his fans didn't have to be…”

The singer and songwriter suffered numerous health issues over the years, and was diagnosed with encephalitis in December 2022. He'd recently returned home from hospital after a long stay in intensive care.