The Pogues’ Philip Chevron takes medical leave

Music News | Jun 25th, 2007

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GET BETTER PHILIP! Good luck and hope you’re back in no time to sing “Thousands Are Sailing” – Bryan


For the first time since they reunited in December 2001, the Pogues are one man down. Guitarist Philip Chevron, who wrote the band’s emigration classic “Thousands Are Sailing”, will not be present for the band’s shows in summer and fall, 2007.

At the beginning of June Philip was unexpectedly diagnosed with a strand of “locally advanced” throat cancer which requires immediate medical attention. This decision to suspend his live work has the complete support of the other Pogues who wish him a good and complete recovery. Though it is not yet known when Chevron will return to live work, it is hoped that he will again be available towards the end of this year.

The volunteers and community of this web site wish Philip a speedy and complete recovery. He is more than a member of the band we celebrate; he is a dear friend. Our thoughts and wishes are with him through this ordeal.

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