It’s a pretty exciting day for music fans as we’ve not only been announcing tour dates for bands like Life Of Agony, Godsmack and Shinedown – but now we are onto the stupendous pairing of Dropkick Murphy’s and Flogging Molly. A Tour 20 Years In The Making” as their press copy denotes. Let’s take a look at the full press release and dates along with the poster.
The Press Release:
Dropkick Murphys. Flogging Molly. They share a working-class ethos, they share an Irish heritage and Celtic folk influence, and now – for the first time – these two giants of American punk rock will be sharing the stage for a co-headlining U.S. tour. This historic run, celebrating over 20 years of mayhem, kicks off June 1 at Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, OH. Tickets for all shows are on sale now at the websites linked at the close.
Dropkick Murphys just completed their 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Tour – including their annual sold-out hometown run of Boston shows – with NYC hardcore legends Agnostic Front and Boston ska pioneers Bim Skala Bim. This followed Dropkick Murphys’ sold-out European arena/concert hall tour – which included dates with Flogging Molly – in February. Flogging Molly is in the homestretch of their fast-paced selling Life Is Good Spring 2018 Tour, selling out over half of the dates in advance including their St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Hollywood’s Palladium, as well as the remaining shows. The band will set sail to the Bahamas on April 20th for their 4th annual Salty Dog Cruise, joined by The Offspring, Buzzcocks, The Vandals, Lagwagon, The Adolescents, and more.
The Tour Dates:
June 1: Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
June 2: Big Flats, NY @ Tag’s Summer Stage
June 3: Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Festival*
June 5: Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theater
June 7: Bonner Springs, KS (Kansas City) @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
June 8: Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
June 9: Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove at Harrah’s Casino
June 10: Denver, CO @ Fox Street Compound
June 12: Sauget, IL (St. Louis) @ Pop’s Nightclub & Concert Venue
June 13: Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
June 15: Montebello, QC @ Montebello Rockfest**
June 16: East Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
June 17: Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
June 18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
June 19: Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 21: Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
June 22: Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
June 23: Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
*Festival date (Dropkick Murphys only); **Festival date (Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly)
About Dropkick Murphys: Dropkick Murphys – Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals) – are touring in support of their 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory album, released through the band’s own Born & Bred Records in 2017. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 independently released album. There’s a feeling of purpose throughout the album, influenced by the band’s work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children’s and veterans’ organizations. Dropkick Murphys are hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand with veterans, youth sports, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Many of the songs reflect these experiences, and the band’s sadness, anger and dismay at the opiate epidemic ravaging the country – in particular, Boston and New England – and also their feeling of pride and optimism at the sight of those who have turned their lives around. Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for their city. In Boston, it seems like everybody knows someone connected to the band whether by blood, friendship, or the time they shared a brew at a Bruins game. They’ve built a legacy that does Beantown proud.
About Flogging Molly: Quintessential Irish-American folk punk band Flogging Molly – Dave King (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bodhran), Bridget Regan (violin, tin whistle), Dennis Casey (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Bob Schmidt (banjo, mandolin), Matt Hensley (accordion, piano, concertina), Nathen Maxwell (bass guitar, vocals), Mike Alonso (drums, percussion) – are celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a staple in the punk scene and touring in support of Life Is Good, their first new album in over six years. It’s filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more. Life Is Good serves as a wake-up call to those who have simply stood by while far-reaching political decisions were made that had serious impact on them. The band started out as the house band at Molly Malone’s and built a loyal following. They’ve built a massive fan base through endless touring, and even have their very own boat cruise which has hosted everyone from Rancid to NOFX to The Offspring to Less Than Jake to The English Beat to The Bouncing Souls to Frank Turner to Gogol Bordello. This year marks the fourth year of their roaring Salty Dog Cruise.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is going to be one of those tours that really gets your Irish up and by the way, this was actually alluded to on this past weekends St. Patrick’s Day but we waited for the full on press copy and dates. The funny thing for me is that despite a few album reviews of the Dropkicks, I’ve never seen them OR Flogging Molly in concert before. I’ve always wanted to but something always managed to get in the way of my doing so but know you this, if I can work out the proper stuff to be one of the music media on point, then you will get a full on concert review for two bands that are very overdue for that kind of report on this website. I’m also going to look into some Flogging Molly releases for album review stuff and if you are one of the bands diehard supporters maybe you can contact me via our Official Facebook and let me know which ones you suggest be included. Of course you can also do that down in the comments section below along with what you think about this tour and if you will attend. Alright, now its off to the Judas Priest “Firepower” album signing that is taking place over at Sony Square NYC in Manhattan where they have set up a Pop-Up Shop. We discussed that little bit of coolness on THIS POST so maybe I will even see a few of you over there. Okay, I better get a move on. Until next time.