State Radio to open for DKM on St. Patrick’s Day

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Making their St. Patrick’s Day shows in Lowell extra special, the Dropkick Murphys have announced that fellow Massachusetts rockers State Radio will join them for their two performances at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on Saturday, March 17. Tickets for the shows, which are scheduled for 2 and 8 p.m., are on sale through the venue’s box office and website for $32.50.

The shows mark State Radio’s only confirmed 2012 East Coast date thus far. The matinee show will also feature a solo acoustic performance by Frank Turner, as well as Australian openers Ramshackle Army. The night show will also include set from Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls.

State Radio have been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2009’s Let It Go. Last month, the band gave fans a taste of the new material by releasing a new song called “Roadway Broken”. According to message on the band’s website, the song was written in the wake of the 2010 Haitian earthquake and tells the story of a mother searching for food to feed her children.  Fans can download the song for $1 and of the proceeds will be donated to Partners In Health’s Stand With Haiti fund.

On March 6, Dropkick Murphys will release the Going Out In Style: Fenway Park Bonus Edition CD, an expanded version of their 2011 release. The Fenway Park Bonus Edition includes the Live From Fenway bonus disc, recorded on September 8 and 9 in front of 20,000 fans at the band’s sold out headlining shows at the legendary ballpark. Also included in the package is a download of the filmed concert at Fenway Park as well as the complete story of Cornelius Larkin by the band’s friend and best-selling author Michael Patrick MacDonald (All Souls, Easter Rising). The Cornelius Larkin story is an expansion of MacDonald’s Cornelius Larkin obituary that appears in the Going Out In Style liner notes.

Prior to the shows in Lowell, Dropkick Murphys will deliver three homecoming shows at Boston’s House of Blues before closing out the week of festivities with an intimate performance at the Brighton Music Hall on Sunday, March 18.

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