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Dropkick Murphys Wrap St. Patrick’s Day Season With Sold-Out Boston Shows, Guest Appearance By Billy Bragg & DKM Performance At ‘Sinéad & Shane at Carnegie Hall’ Benefit

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Dropkick Murphys

Wrap Annual St. Patrick’s Day Run

With 4 Sold-Out Hometown Shows In Boston,

Including Guest Appearance By Billy Bragg

 

Followed By Dropkick Murphys Performance At

‘Sinéad & Shane at Carnegie Hall’ Benefit In New York City

 

Replay Of Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Livestream Available Through December 31

At https://veeps.events/dropkick-murphys

 

DKM 2024 Festival Performances

Include Newly-Announced Appearance

At Legendary Punk Band NOFX’s Last-Ever Boston Area Show

September 1 in Brockton, MA

 

 

Dropkick Murphys brought their annual St. Patrick’s Day Tour to a rousing finish with four sold-out hometown shows – and a pair of special mini-shows – in Boston March 14-17. The March 17 show at MGM Music Hall at Fenway was livestreamed around the world via Veeps. Special guests Pennywise joined Dropkick Murphys for the full tour, including all four Boston shows. Dublin’s The Scratch opened all shows during the tour, as well as the March 15 show at MGM Music Hall at Fenway. Other Boston openers included Death Before Dishonor (March 14 at Citizens House of Blues Boston), Big Bad Bollocks (March 16 at MGM), and Belfast’s Kneecap (March 17 at MGM).

 

According to Boston.com‘s Christopher Gavin (March 17, 2024): “Boston’s beloved punk rockers kept St. Patrick’s Day weekend rocking as loud as ever…There are some artists whose work is so entwined with their roots, their music is not only a reflection of where they are from, but, in time, imprinted into the very DNA of their hometowns: Bruce Springsteen and New Jersey. The Beatles and Liverpool. And even with Boston’s trove of legendary bands who have at some point called this place home, none have carried this city – with its storied and gritty culture and tough-as-nails attitude – more proudly on their sleeves than the Dropkick Murphys…the Dropkick Murphys threw forth a stampede of songs from their signature Celtic-punk catalog with an unrelenting ferocity and the jubilance of a massive family reunion…”

 

(Dropkick Murphys at MGM Music Hall at Fenway, by Travis Schneider)

 

On March 15, Dropkick Murphys celebrated Union Family Night, welcoming about 1,000 local AFL-CIO affiliated union members to start the night early at MGM Music Hall at Fenway with an exclusive acoustic performance before doors opened to the public for the Friday night show. On Saturday afternoon at MGM Music Hall, Dropkick Murphys played their annual family-friendly VIP mini-concert to benefit the band’s charity, The Claddagh Fund. Over the course of the month-long St. Patrick’s Day Tour, The Claddagh Fund raised over $150,000 to support children’s and veterans’ organizations and alcohol and substance abuse recovery. During the matinee show, Claddagh Fund supporters Death Wish Coffee presented the band with an additional $50,000 check for the charity.

 

(Dropkick Murphys Union Family Night, by Mark Kocourek)

 

(The Claddagh Fund VIP mini-concert, by Travis Schneider)

 

(The Claddagh Fund VIP mini-concert, by Travis Schneider)

 

British working class folk hero and activist Billy Bragg joined Dropkick Murphys onstage multiple times during the livestreamed 27-song St. Patrick’s Day performance – including for the Dropkick anthem “Worker’s Song” and “All You Fascists,” Bragg‘s musical expression of Woody Guthrie‘s World War II-era lyrics. Woody‘s daughter Nora Guthrie was also honored on stage for her work with the Woody Guthrie Foundation, and a relationship with Dropkick Murphys that has spanned more than two decades.

 

(Dropkick Murphys with Billy Bragg, by Justin Britton)

 

Dropkick Murphys recently collaborated with Nora for their critically acclaimed acoustic albums – 2022’s This Machine Still Kills Fascists and 2023’s Okemah Rising – which interpret the work of Woody Guthrie for a new generation. And their longtime relationship goes back to Dropkick Murphys’ early days when they utilized Woody Guthrie’s words on “Gonna Be A Blackout Tonight” and later for the band’s double-platinum 2005 smash “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.”

 

(Billy Bragg, Nora Guthrie & Ken Casey, by Travis Schneider)

 

Immediately following their St. Patrick’s Day Tour, Dropkick Murphys found their way to Carnegie Hall to perform The Pogues’ “The Body Of An American” as part of the March 20 Sinéad & Shane at Carnegie Hall benefit event in New York City, celebrating the life and work of Sinéad O’Connor and Shane MacGowan, two late icons of music and freedom of speech.

 

(Dropkick Murphys at Carnegie Hall, by Al Pereira / City Winery)

 

(Dropkick Murphys at Carnegie Hall, by Dave Stauble)

 

Those who missed the Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Livestream From MGM Music Hall at Fenway event can still purchase tickets at https://veeps.events/dropkick-murphys to watch a replay of the performance through December 31, 2024. The stream is available for unlimited viewing for 7 days after purchase, and Veeps All Access subscribers can access the show for free as part of their subscription and can rewatch as many times as they want in 2024.

 

2024 marks Dropkick Murphys’ 5th year in a row of livestreamed performances as part of their annual run of hometown Boston St. Patrick’s Day shows. In 2020, the livestream visionaries were one of the first to embrace streaming performances, starting with their Streaming Up From Boston St. Patrick’s Day virtual performance and followed by their landmark Streaming Outta Fenway livestream, which held the #3 spot on Pollstar’s “Top 2020 Live Streams” chart. Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down, was #1 on Pollstar’s Livestream chart. Overall, Dropkick Murphys’ widely-viewed and highly-acclaimed livestreamed performances have been watched over 20 million times by people around the world and were featured on CBS This Morning Saturday, CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and more.

 

Dropkick Murphys return to the stage for a series of festival dates starting with a newly-announced headlining set at Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert May 17 in Bushkill, PA. After a run of European festival dates in June and July, DKM arrive stateside again for Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (July 21 in Mansfield, OH), the New York State Fair (Aug. 25 in Syracuse, NY), Louder Than Life (Sept. 28 in Louisville, KY) and Aftershock (Oct. 11 in Sacramento, CA). As announced earlier this week, Dropkick Murphys will be the main support for punk icons NOFX‘s last-ever Boston area show, Punk In Drublic presents NOFX Final Tour September 1 in Brockton, MA.

 

Dropkick Murphys are: Ken Casey (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, tin whistle, accordion, piano, vocals), Jeff DaRosa (guitars, banjo, mandolin, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, and vocals), James Lynch (guitars and vocals), and Kevin Rheault (bass). Joining the band for their live shows is bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist Campbell Webster.

 

For more on Dropkick Murphys, visit:

 

Website: www.DropkickMurphys.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dropkickmurphys

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/dropkickmurphys

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DropkickMurphys

 

About Dropkick Murphys: Dropkick Murphys proudly remain Boston’s rock ‘n’ roll underdogs turned champions. Since 1996, the boys have created the kind of music that’s meant to be chanted at last call, in packed arenas, and during the fourth quarter, third period, or ninth inning of a comeback rally. Their celebrated discography includes four consecutive Billboard top 10 album debuts (Turn Up That Dial, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, Signed and Sealed in Blood, Going Out In Style), along with 2005’s Certified-Gold album The Warrior’s Code featuring the double platinum classic “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.” Whether you caught a legendary gig at The Rathskeller (The Rat) under Kenmore Square, found the band by taking the T to Newbury Comics to cop Do Or Die in ’98, discovered them in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning The Departed, or saw ‘em throw down at Coachella (or one of hundreds of other festivals), you’ve become a part of their extended family. Dropkick Murphys’ music has generated half-a-billion streams, they’ve quietly moved 8 million-plus units worldwide and the band has sold out gigs on multiple continents. In 2020, the band was one of the first to embrace streaming performances, starting with their Streaming Up From Boston St. Patrick’s Day virtual performance. It was followed by their landmark Streaming Outta Fenway livestream, which drew more than 5.9 million viewers and held the #3 spot on Pollstar’s “Top 2020 Live Streams” chart. Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down, was #1 on Pollstar’s Livestream chart for the week ending March 22, 2021, logging over 1 million views. Dropkick Murphys returned in 2022 with their first-ever all-acoustic album, This Machine Still Kills Fascists (Dummy Luck Music / [PIAS]), and seated theater tour. This Machine Still Kills Fascists–and their follow-up album Okemah Rising–breathe musical life into mostly unpublished lyrics by the legendary Woody Guthrie, curated for the band by Woody’s daughter Nora Guthrie.

 

Written by: Road Dog

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