Well, Shane made it through the whole show and two encores. When he was singing, it could have been 15 or 20 years ago. When he wasn’t, he staggered around in circles on the stage or swung his microphone around and tried to catch it (and only knocked the mic stand over once). Early in the show, I got the distinct idea that he’d be dead within a year.
The thing is, on the three or four songs that they did with one of the other guys singing, the band sounded great. Almost better. I definitely understand why they tried to make a go of it without him numerous times. But when he was on, and you weren’t distracted by the “is he going to be able to keep standing” thing, it really was magic, as advertised.
But by the end, I was pretty sure I was wrong, and Shane will be around for longer than a year. I suspect people have been saying he’d be dead within a year for a decade or two.
Terri has a good write-up, too. Not listed there are “The Broad Majestic Shannon”, “A Pair of Brown Eyes”, “Boys from the County Hell”, “The Old Main Drag”, and a few more that I didn’t know.
Update: Two other things I forgot. I heard a rumor that their original bassist Cait O’Riordan was touring with them. This turned out not to be true. Also, presumeably as a tribute to the late Joe Strummer, the pre-and post-show music was “Straight to Hell” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go” respectively.