Bruce Springsteen Pays Emotional Tribute to Late Pogues Icon Shane MacGowan

Bruce Springsteen paid emotional tribute to late Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan by performing "A Rainy Night in Soho" at his Kilkenny concert. Springsteen's heartfelt rendition moved fans, celebrating MacGowan's enduring legacy in Irish music.

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Bruce Springsteen Pays Emotional Tribute to Late Pogues Icon Shane MacGowan

Bruce Springsteen Pays Emotional Tribute to Late Pogues Icon Shane MacGowan

On May 12, 2024, legendary musician Bruce Springsteen kicked off his Kilkenny concert with a heartfelt tribute to the late Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan. Springsteen performed a rendition of The Pogues' 1986 classic "A Rainy Night in Soho" at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, in honor of the Irish music icon who passed away in November.

pays, emotional, tribute The Boss was visibly emotional as he delivered the stunning rendition to the large crowd. This tribute comes after Springsteen and the E Street Band shared a statement of admiration for MacGowan, saying: "Shane was one of my all-time favorite writers."

watch, pays, emotional, tribute, cover This is not the first time Springsteen has shown his admiration for MacGowan. In fact, Springsteen visited MacGowan at his Dublin home just a year ago. After MacGowan's death, Springsteen penned a tribute, saying, "Over here on E Street, we are heartbroken over the death of Shane MacGowan... His music is timeless and eternal. I don't know about the rest of us, but they'll be singing Shane's songs 100 years from now."

During the Kilkenny concert, Springsteen also surprised fans with a solo acoustic rendition of the rarity "This Hard Land." Later in the show, he jumped into the crowd during a performance of his 1973 gem "Spirit in the Night," getting stuck behind a barricade before being helped back onstage by a security guard.

night, tribute Shane's widow, Victoria Mary Clarke, and The Pogues took to social media to express their appreciation for Springsteen's tribute. The Pogues posted, "Lovely tribute to our boss. Thanks springsteen." Springsteen and the E Street Band's 2024 tour continues in Europe, with upcoming shows in Cork, Ireland, and later in the UK, followed by a second US leg in August and September, and a Canadian trek in October and November.

Springsteen's emotional performance in Kilkenny served as a poignant tribute to the enduring legacy of Shane MacGowan. The rendition of "A Rainy Night in Soho" left fans deeply moved, as they celebrated the life and music of one of Ireland's most beloved artists. As Springsteen continues his tour across Europe and North America, the memory of this special moment will undoubtedly linger in the hearts of all who witnessed it.

Key Takeaways

  • Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Shane MacGowan with a rendition of "A Rainy Night in Soho" in Kilkenny.
  • This is not the first time Springsteen has shown admiration for MacGowan, having visited him in Dublin a year ago.
  • The Pogues and Shane's widow thanked Springsteen for the tribute on social media.