- 25 Mar 04
The Shane MacGowan organisation has responded to the current controversy surrounding the singer and which is highlighted in the latest issue of Hotpress.
Reads an official statement: "There has been some vindictive campaign circulating in the press and on the internet, from some misinformed and disgruntled people, calling themselves fans, trying to persuade Shane to sack his long term manager and friend, Joey Cashman. They have about as much chance of making this happen as they have of Shane replacing Brian McFadden in Westlife!
"One of the reasons that Shane & Joey have worked together for so many years is that Shane can trust Joey implicitly to have his best interests at heart. Above all, they are lifelong friends. To put the record straight, there have no cancellations whatsoever of live dates that have been arranged by Joey & his organisation.
"The 'fans', as they call themselves, who are trying to sabotage his shows are failing miserably. The last tour has been a sell out! Shane's real fans are still right behind him and thrilled that he is doing so much at the moment. Shane will be talking to the press in person about this once he has completed this next batch of shows, as he is not happy about it."
The statement ends by pointing out that Shane is about to appear alongside Johnny Depp and John Malkovich in a new cult movie, The Libertine, and joins old pal Jools Holland later in the month in London's Royal Albert Hall.