What songs will Dropkick Murphys play in concert?
Across eight studio albums and well over 150 songs, the Dropkick Murphys have quite a catalog to pick from. The group is currently touring on their early 2013 release, Signed and Sealed in Blood. Though the record is well over a year old, the group still rings out some heavy hitters from the record. The group almost always kicks off their shows with the opening track from this album, “The Boys Are Back.” The group also brings out “Jimmy Collins’ Wake” and “My Hero.” The latest album is rather popular and garnering rave reviews, so the group goes against tradition from other acts and delivers quite a handful of new songs. It averages out to around 6-7 a night.
The group also likes to drop a few covers into the setlist along the way. The most notable is the cover which closes their set. It is swapped between “We’re An American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad’ or “Takin Care of Business” by the 80’s icons, Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Both are excessive, ridiculous, and quite contrary to Dropkick Murphys typical sound.
The group universally closes out their initial set (which will lead into the encore) with their most popular song, “I’m Shipping Out to Boston.” Fans and regulars alike recognize it as the main theme to Scorsese’s 2006 masterpiece, the Departed. Though the setlist may be shuffled up, the following is a good sample of what you can expect from the setlist on the St Patrick’s Day Tour.
The Boys Are Back
Black Velvet Band
Deeds Not Words
The Warrior’s Code
Which Side Are You On?
3rd Man In
The Wild Rover
Jimmy Collins’ Wake
Famous for Nothing
Take ‘Em Down
Vices and Virtues
Fields of Athenry
Boys on the Docks
Out of Our Heads
I’m Shipping Up to Boston
Going Out in Style
Skinhead on the MBTA
Takin’ Care of Business
We’re An American Band
What can I expect from a real Celtic punk show?
Dropkick Murphys have always been open about their reliance on their Celtic punk roots. They consider themselves the AC/DC or Ramones of their respective genre, and this has created a very consistent loyalty amongst fans. Unsurprisingly, shows embrace Irish drinking and punk rock ethos. This has also allowed them to a build a very diverse fanbase, from fans that have been following the group since the 90’s to newcomers that just discovered their latest LP.
The group is a bit notorious for blazing through their material without taking that natural pause between songs. Some songs lead into the next seamlessly, which keeps the energy high. Moshing is a standard, and those in a seat will feel compelled to join the front section of the stage. Because of the instant transitions, moshing can be a bit relentless (though it is much more fun and safe than, say, death metal moshing).
How often do Dropkick Murphys tour?
The group has gained fame for being one of the biggest touring acts in punk music and arguably all genres. The group has gone on at least two major tour cycles every year for the last six years. They also commit to the annual St. Patricks Day tour. The dates are generally the same every year, and the tour runs through February to March and sometimes April every year. The group also hand selects a single special act to accompany them on the Patty’s Day celebration. The latest opening act for the 2014 tour is Lucero. Lucero is a soulful country/rock band which a very classic Southern punk sound.
Who is Dropkick Murphy’s publicist and press contact?
The group is associated with paradigm media Entertainment. For any questions, media concerns, or booking, you can contact Jaime Rosenberg. She is partnered with the Independent Label Group, and takes all Dropkick Murphy’s related inquiries. Worldwide press inquires should be forwarded to the band’s manager Jeff Castelaz of Cast Management.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Dropkick Murphys’s tour?
Unfortunately, Dropkick Murphys do not have any presale opportunites available for the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Tour.
“That’s the way it goes when these guys are onstage, though. They don’t just perform; they party with the crowd. Front man Al Barr doesn’t sing onstage; he’s in the crowd the majority of the show, belting out hits like “Jimmy Collins’ Wake” and “Captain Kelly’s Kitchen.”” – Angeluica Leicht of Houston Press
“On paper, a Celtic-rock band like the Dropkick Murphys performing in Holyoke, a city with an historical Irish pedigree, would seem like a perfect fit. And so it was in practice as well, as thousands packed the hillside and camped out in front of the stage as the Boston-based band came to Mountain Park on Friday night.” – Donnie Moorhouse of Massachusetts Live
“The Dropkick Murphys have over the years very successfully forged a career that now sees them travel the globe playing their particular blend of Celtic tinged street punk to sell out crowds. Liverpool was no different; the crowd fuelled by the outrageously expensive lager encouraging the band to the stage with repeated chants of “Lets go Murphys”” – Phil Newall of Louder Than War
Dropkick Murphys in 2013
Tour Opening Acts: Frank Turner, Scruffy Wallace
Started January 1, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts | Ended June 28, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fall Tour 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Mike McColgan
Started August 4, 2012 in Portland, Maine | Ended December 13, 2012 in New York City
Punk Rock Bowling 2011
Tour Opening Acts: NOFX
Started June 27, 2011 in Seattle, Washington | Ended October 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California
Dropkick Murphys in North America 2010
Tour Opening Acts: Sick Of It All, Swinging Utters, Filthy Thieving Bands
Started February 23, 2010 in Norfolk, Virginia | Ended August 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Dropkick Murphys No Sleep 2008
Tour Opening Acts: the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Started March 3, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona | Ended November 21, 2008 in Urbana, Illinois
The Meanest of Times Tour
Tour Opening Acts: NA
Started March 16, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts | Ended November 3, 2007 in San Francisco, California
Note: The group has performed a St. Patricks Tour every March since 2002