I have to admit that the last thing that I think about right after Thanksgiving is St. Patrick’s Day since there are so many other holidays between then and now. That being said, I’m here to share the latest announcement from the Celtic Punk band Dropkick Murphys who will be doing a run of shows in their hometown of Boston that lead up to the big day. Check it out.
The Press Release:
Dropkick Murphys will take Boston by storm in March 2020 with their hometown St. Patrick’s Day week Boston Blowout. Consisting of six shows in five days, the week-long celebration will kick off with a special “in the round” performance at Encore Boston Harbor on Friday, March 13 and conclude on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at House Of Blues Boston.
Saturday, March 14 will feature two Dropkick Murphys shows: a matinee performance and an evening acoustic set followed by a full professional boxing card presented by Murphys Boxing.
Ken Casey, Dropkick Murphys’ vocalist / founder said, “I’m very excited for next year’s St. Patrick’s shows. It’s all about Boston this year – we aren’t doing any other shows in March. Three different venues over five days – two of which we’ve never played before. And we are very, very excited to play our first show in the round – at the new Encore Boston Harbor. Being surrounded by the audience on all sides is going to be so fun!”
The annual St. Patrick’s Day week shows are the peak of Dropkick Murphys’ touring calendar, and fans travel to Boston from around the world for a chance to become part of this unique experience.
Tickets for all Boston Blowout shows go on sale “Black Friday”–Friday, November 29–at 10:00 AM ET. Visit the official website at the close for complete details.
Dropkick Murphys Boston Blowout Dates:
March 13: Everett, MA @ Encore Boston Harbor (Picasso Ballroom – In The Round)
March 14: Boston, MA @ House Of Blues (matinee)
March 14: Boston, MA @ House Of Blues – Boxing + Dropkick Murphys Acoustic (evening)
March 15: Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
March 16: Boston, MA @ Big Night Live
March 17: Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
In other news, Dropkick Murphys’ song “Rose Tattoo”–from their Signed and Sealed in Blood album–was recently chosen by Loudwire as one of the “Top 66 Best Of The Decade Rock Songs,” appearing at #21 on the list.
Since forming in 1996, Boston’s Dropkick Murphys have sold a staggering 7 million albums worldwide, with 2005’s The Warrior’s Code achieving an RIAA Gold certification and its smash single “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” nearing double platinum and appearing during a key moment of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed. They’ve hosted sold out concerts at most of the city’s landmarks, including Fenway Park, TD Garden, the Boston Pops, and even the last voyage of the USS Constitution. 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), Kevin Rheault (touring bassist), Lee Forshner (touring bagpipe player)–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.
About Dropkick Murphys:
Dropkick Murphys are: 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), Kevin Rheault (touring bassist), Lee Forshner (touring bagpipe player). Their most recent album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, released through the band’s own Born & Bred Records in 2017, 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.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Generally speaking we don’t usually get up to Boston all that much and part of me thinks that I’ve never actually even been but with the busy few weeks that its been here who can remember where we’ve gone all of the time. St. Patrick’s Day is always a hopping holiday here in my beloved NYC so I’d be hard-pressed to leave it unless I knew that I had the time off and could witness a few of these special events. It would be awesome to do a larger, more encompassing story about the band if that was possible so let’s revisit the notion a little closer to the event date. Closing up I wonder what you folks think about this news. Are you Dropkick Murphys diehards? Do you catch them often? Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.