Written by Leslie Elder Rogers.
Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2018 – Dropkick Murphys is a Celtic-punk band that formed in Massachusetts in 1996. The band chose to name itself after Dr. John “Dropkick” Murphy’s alcohol-detox center. The original members who comprised the band were vocalist Mike McColgan, bassist Ken Casey, guitarist Rick Barton and drummer Jeff Erna. Jeff left the band in 1997 and was replaced by Matt Kelley. DKM signed with Hellcat Records in 1998 and recorded their first full length album, ‘Do or Die’, which was the last time we’d hear McColgan as he left soon after and was replaced by current vocalist, Al Barr. They remained with Hellcat Records and released four additional albums. Album number 5, ‘The Warriors Code’, was the last with Hellcat. It debuted at #49 on Billboard album charts. The band went on to create their own label, Born & Bred Records in 2007. Their next album, ‘The Meanest of Times’, was released that year under their label and debuted at #20 on Billboard charts.
Throughout the years there have been some changes in the lineup but the band has held it steady and strong with no changes since 2008. Currently the band consists of bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, vocalist Al Barr, guitarist James Lynch, drummer Matt Kelley, Tim Brennan and Jeff DeRosa on multiple wind and string instruments. Twenty two years and nine full length albums into their career, Dropkick Murphys is still pumping out massive hits. They are just as popular today as they were 15 years ago. Their fan base is solid and ever growing. The Celtic-punk spin they put in their sound gives each song a free spirited impression which makes you bounce and shout happily when you hear them.
Video games like Tony Hawks Underground, NHL 2005 and MVP Baseball 2005 have featured songs by Dropkick Murphys. Their music has appeared in many movie soundtracks such as Fever Pitch, The Departed, Internal Affairs and The Fighter. Their music has also appeared in several commercials and TV shows. In 2002, in their hometown of Boston, after recording three shows at the Avalon Ballroom on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Dropkick Murphys began a tradition that would take place every year. This three show recording also led to the creation of their first live album, ‘Live on St. Patrick’s Day from Boston, MA’. This is how the yearly St. Patrick’s Day Tour became customary. It is still going strong as they embark on their 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Tour on February 24th, 2018. They will showcase their newest album, ’11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory’, along with many of their tried and true fan favorites, throughout the tour. The album ‘11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory’ was released last year and debuted at #8 on Billboard 200. Now that’s proof that some things just get better with age.
Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2018:
Feb. 24 – Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Feb. 25 – Albany, N.Y. @ Capital Center
Feb. 27 – Niagara Falls, N.Y. @ Rapids Theatre
Feb. 28 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room
March 02 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Diamond Ballroom
March 03 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center *
March 05 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Iron City
March 06 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works
March 07 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cola-Cola Roxy
March 09 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore
March 10 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
March 11 – Norfolk, Va. @ The NorVa
March 12 – Stroudsburg, Penn. @ Sherman Theater
March 14 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre
March 15 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues ^
March 16 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues ^
March 17 – Boston, Mass. House Of Blues *
March 18 – Boston, Mass. House Of Blues *
^ with Agnostic Front only
* with Bim Skala Bim only