The punk band Titus Andronicus thought they had struck gold when they were asked to open for the Pogues but all did not turn out well.

Patrick Stickles, singer for the rock upstarts, says The Pogues' behaviour “makes me sick”.

The band were granted the support slot for The Pogues recent run of shows, and Stickles admitted to Spinner that they were overawed by the inclusion.

That was, until, The Pogues showed up. Or didn’t.

He said, “It's obvious that the diplomatic route isn't going okay so I'm just going to go back to the real route, which is to say that I hated the tour.

"It made me furious throughout. I didn't think that we were treated at all with the respect that we deserved, not even the respect as saying 'we're an important punk band,' but respect that we're human beings."

He said that throughout the nine-date tour, The Pogues never introduced themselves or bothered watching their set, although tin whistle player Peter “Spidey” Stacy did talk to him “for about 45 seconds.”

He said, “The closest that we got to them was when we would have to load-out after our show so they could have a nice clear backstage area. We would be out in the alleyway, and they would pull up in their hotel shuttle bus.

"I was like, ‘This is the greatest punk band from my ancestral homeland of Ireland, and it makes me sick’.”

He also said the tickets were “exorbitantly expensive” and “they paid us pittances”.

“They sing about celebrating the individual and they sing about everyone having dignity, even the downtrodden and stuff, yet they are happy to step on whoever they have to so that they can line their coiffures to the extent that they want to.”

He concluded that he was happy to get back to tours where "people are people and every human has dignity no matter how great or small their place on the world stage."

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