The band was founded in 1996 in Boston. They are, so to say, the legitimate successor of the british Pogues. A bit more punk and a bit rougher than the british group around the singer Shane MacGowan, that made Irish-Punk-Rock more socially acceptable in the 80’s. All the more fitting, that McGowan himself also sang for the Dropkick Murphys.
They started their career in Boston, where St. Patrick’s Day has a similar significance than in Ireland itself. It’s only logical that the Dropkick Murphys play live at big festivals there. In 2006 the band was introduced to a larger audience, when their song ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston’ was released on the soundtrack of Martin Scorseses movie ‘Departed’.
Their latest record is called ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’. It’s their 9th record and it landed some respectable chart positions so far.
As always, it’s recommendable to get your tickets early, because they are usually selling fast. In the next few weeks a highclass support act will be announced. So keep your eyes peeled for that. It will sure be great!
The band is currently playing festivals in Europe and the US. For exact dates, go to http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/.
Ticket sale started Friday, June 21st .
For more information on the band, visit their social media:
Contributed by Alex Bock, https://twitter.com/abphotomjp