The Popes

100 Club, London
August 15, 2008

Publication: No Celtic Boundaries
by Charles Dewhurst

Rumours had circulated that Shane MacGowan was going to be making a guest appearance but sadly at the last minute it was reported that he had been unable to make it. However one thing is for certain, this band do not need Shane MacGowan. The showmanship and lead vocals of Paul (Mad Dog) McGuinness leaves you screaming for more. Backed by a band that oozes quality and craftsmanship they delivered a set covering material from their 2000 album 'Holloway Boulevard' and onto material we can expect from their New album 'Outlaw Heaven'. (Due out in October 2008).

The finale to round off an exceptional night was of course the title track of their new album. If it wasn't for the fact that the gig was in the basement of the legendary '100 club', they would quite literally have taken the roof off the place such was the crowds reaction.