CHARISMATIC frontman Shane MacGowan has chosen Ellesmere Port band Amsterdam to support The Pogues in Liverpool tonight.
The Pogues, whose hits include Dirty Old Town and Fairytale of New York, are playing at the Echo Arena as part of the city’s Summer Pops festival.
Shane MacGowan has become a fan of Amsterdam due to Irish folk singer Christy Moore, who is a big friend of the Port band and has covered their popular hit Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?
Lead singer Ian Prowse, who hails from Little Sutton, said: “Shane is a big fan through Christie. He phoned us up to ask if we’d support them and we said yes straight away.
“I’m a massive fan of the Pogues, Shane’s music will last the course of time.
“It’s a mad month for me, I couldn’t be any busier. We’ve got the gig at the Arena, I’m playing the Liverpool Philharmonic on Saturday, July 18 and then I’ve got the two Pele shows after that.”
Ian’s former band Pele, who split in 1995, are reforming for two nights only at the Liverpool 02 Academy on Saturday, July 25 and in London a week later.
“We’ve started rehearsing”, said Ian. “It was weird but we’re having fun and they’re going to be two great shows.”