Dropkick Murphys reveal plans for benefit show
Dropkick Murphys have announced the full details regarding their intimate performance at the Brighton Music Hall on Sunday, March 18. The hometown heroes will close out their week of St. Patrick’s Day shows with by performing their 1998 debut album Do or Die in its entirety along with other old favorites at the rare club show in Allston. The show will serve as a special benefit for the band’s charitable foundation, the Claddagh Fund.
Wristbands for admittance to Sunday’s 18+ show will sold on the day-of for $25. Fans can purchases the wristbands at two locations on Sunday at noon: the Converse Retail Store at 348 Newbury Street and Al’s Liquor in South Boston (226 West Broadway). All purchases must be made in cash. Wristbands will be limited to two per a person and must be put on at the time of purchase. If the purchaser’s guest is not present, two wristbands will be affixed to the purchase and he or she will be able to escort their guest into the venue. Ducky Boys and Reason To Fight will open the show.
While at Converse, fans may also want to pick up the brand new limited edition 2012 Dropkick Murphys custom Converse All Star shoe, which is available exclusively in-person at the Newbury Street location.
On Saturday, MTV’s Palladia HDTV network will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by broadcasting Dropkick Murphys’ “Live at Fenway”. The HD concert footage was shot during the band’s two sold-out shows for 20,000 fans at the legendary ballpark last September and is included as free download on the band’s new Going Out In Style: Fenway Park Bonus Edition CD. The performance will air on Palladia at 9 p.m. and again at midnight. It will re-air on multiple occasions through beginning of April. Fans can get a taste of the footage in the video below.
Along with this week’s release of Going Out In Style: Fenway Park Bonus Edition, Dropkick Murphys have also teamed up with Boston-based indie hardcore/punk label Bridge Nine Records to released a limited limited edition picture-disc. This special 7″ will be limited to 1,000 copies and will feature two tracks recorded live from the band’s Fenway Park shows. Side A will contain “Sunday Hardcore Matinee”, while Side B will feature “Broken Hymns”.
“It’s been a while since we’ve done a cool limited edition 7-inch,” said bassist/vocalist Ken Casey in a press release. “It feels like the old days when we had so many different pressings of limited vinyl I couldn’t even keep up with all the colors and different artwork, etc. It’s great to be doing something fun again with a great local label like Bridge Nine.”
Dropkick Murphys kicked off their week of hometown shows last night at the House of Blues (full review to follow later) and will continue with another pair of shows at the Lansdowne Street club tonight and tomorrow. On Saturday, they will perform two shows at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. All Boston shows are sold out and only a limited amount remain available for Saturday’s matinee show in Lowell.