I don't know if Shane MacGowan, the rock star who became very, very famous 30 years ago for taking traditional Irish music and giving it a wild, punk twist, is a "genius," but he has produced some bloody good work.
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For this tour, interrupted by a back injury and successful treatment for frontman Bono, U2 appears on stage in puffs of smoke reminiscent of our infamous SoCal smog.
In the first of what I hope and believe will be many farewell tours, the Pogues are performing for their annual lead-up to St. Patrick's Day.
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