LCD Soundsystem Honors Shane MacGowan

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LCD Soundsystem’s Tribute to Shane MacGowan

LCD Soundsystem recently paid homage to the late Shane MacGowan. They covered The Pogues’ iconic song, “Fairytale Of New York.” This tribute took place during their final show of a New York residency at the Knockdown Center in Queens.

Shane MacGowan, the celebrated frontman of The Pogues, passed away on November 30 at the age of 65 due to pneumonia. His funeral was held on December 8 in Tipperary, a place close to his childhood home.

A Special Performance in New York

On December 10, James Murphy and his band integrated the cover of “Fairytale Of New York” into their song “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” This performance marked a poignant moment in their show, connecting the audience to MacGowan’s enduring legacy.

LCD Soundsystem, known for their fusion of electronic music with punk and dance elements, has significantly influenced the music scene since the early 2000s.

Looking Ahead: LCD Soundsystem’s Future Endeavors

The band is not slowing down; they are set to perform at the 2024 Kilby Block Party in Salt Lake City. This event is known for showcasing diverse music talents, and LCD Soundsystem’s participation is highly anticipated. The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Interpol, and many more will also appear at the Utah State Fairgrounds. Learn more here. 

Shane MacGowan’s impact on music, particularly in the genre of Celtic punk, remains profound. The Pogues, formed in 1982, blended traditional Irish music with punk rock, creating a unique sound that influenced many artists, including LCD Soundsystem.

As fans remember Shane MacGowan for his groundbreaking contributions to music, LCD Soundsystem’s tribute serves as a reminder of the power of music to connect, commemorate, and celebrate the lives of influential artists.


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