Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Luck Of The Irish Hits Pogues Ticket Scalpers In NYC

If you are holding tickets for The Pogues' St. Patrick's Day show at Nokia Theatre, they've just turned to Irish gold. Seems that word has gotten around in Dublin and London about the shows over here, and there is a bit of a frenzy of fans planning on coming to NYC for the holiday trying to get their hands on tickets to the now sold-out show. I'm guessing tickets to that night in particular will end up being scalped in the $200-$250 range. I'm keeping mine.

I grabbed a couple shortly after they went on sale at Nokia's box office, and was chuffed to get into a conversation with the guy ahead of me in line who told me he found out about the show "on some blog called extrawack!". Cool. He then explained his theory on what show of the three nights was best to get tickets for:

"Thursday night they will be just warming up. Friday night they will have found their groove, and if they haven't, I'll be so drunk from St. Patty's Day that it won't matter. On Saturday night, you run the risk of Shane MacGowan having fallen off a wagon or two after a few nights in Manhattan, and not making the gig at all. I'm buying for Friday, but I'm not wearing good shoes because of all the corned beef that will be thrown up."

That's the spirit.

Here's the whole small tour, according to The Pogues website:

Friday March 10 Washington 9.30 Club Public sale Saturday, December 10.
Saturday March 11 Atlantic City Borgata Public sale Saturday, December 10.
Tuesday March 14 Boston Orpheum Public sale Saturday, December 10.
Thursday March 16 New York Nokia Theatre, Times Square -A few tickets remain.
Friday March 17 New York Nokia Theatre, Times Square — SOLD OUT
Saturday March 18 New York Nokia Theatre, Times Square -A few tickets remain.

This also from that website:
The BBC produced documentary The Story of Fairytale of New York will be aired on December 19, 21:00 on BBC3. Repeat showings will be on December 22, 23:30 and December 25, 00:40 on BBC3. More showings may be announced later.

This documentary, produced in late 2005, features interviews from all of The Pogues involved in the recording, Matt Dillon (featured in the music video), Jean MacColl (Kirsty's mother), Steve Lillywhite (the song's producer and Kirsty's husband), Nick Cave, Jools Holland, and many more.

I'd love to be able to see this film over here. Perhaps a note to BBC America might make it happen for next year...BBC America Viewer Relations message page here.

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