Dropkick Murphys rock for loyal fans

A review of the Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues on March 12, 2010

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<p>For ten years now, the Dropkick Murphys have been giving Bostonians  another way to celebrate one of the city’s favorite holidays in St.  Patrick’s Day. Like the band, their festive shows have grown  tremendously over the past decade, to the point where the two go hand in  hand. This year, the Dropkicks rocked the House of Blues for seven  shows over six consecutive nights. The shows started on Friday and if  anybody thought the band would slowly ease into the marathon of  Irish-fueled punk rock was terribly mistaken. <br /> <br />Aside from the growth in their catalog, not much has changed with  the Dropkick Murphys’ St. Patricks’ Day shows. Fans know what to expect  and that’s not necessarily a bad thing in this case. In fact, the band’s  loyal fans come from across the globe to check out one of the shows. On  Friday, there was banner hanging from the “Dropkick Murphys Supporters  Club” in Germany, while another tune was later dedicated to a group from  Australia. Of course, as the band’s founder Ken Casey pointed out,  there were plenty of folks that took the T or drove to the show as well.  Together, they formed a community of adoring fans, maybe dressed in  green, some sporting mohawks, and almost all downing a few beers.<br /> <br />Following the standard playing of “The Foggy Dew” by The Cheiftans  and Sinead O’Connor, multi-instrumentalist Jeff DeRosa ran on stage  plucking his banjo and leading the band into opener “State of  Massachusetts”. Next came “Captain Kelly’s Kitchen” and the first  appearance by the young and very talented Irish step dancers from Forbes  Academy in Quincy (they would return later in the set for “Johnny, I  Hardly Knew Ya”). The band then kicked it up with the hard punk rock of  “Citizen CIA,” as the general admission floor became consumed by raucous  pit.<br /> <br /> The Dropkick Murphys’ 27-song set was a very well-balanced mix of tunes  from all six of the band’s studio albums, giving all fans a little  something to sing-along with. And there were plenty of sing-alongs such  as the union anthem “Which Side Are You On?” to the heartfelt “Your  Spirit’s Alive”. Legendary boxer Micky Ward of Lowell was in the house  to catch the Boston faithful serenade him with “Warriors Code” while  guest vocalist Stephanie Dougherty joined the band for a feisty take on  “Dirty Glass”. <br /> <br /> “Echoes on A Street” was the first of a handful of songs to feature a  4-piece string section that unfortunately seemed to be drowned out,  making for one of the only downfalls of the night. “Walk Away” would  give way to “Black Velvet Band” before the band closed out the main set  with “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced”, as just about every girl in attendance  crashed the stage to join the band for the customary sing-along.<br /> <br /> The encore kicked off with the band’s first hit “Barroom Hero” before  the roof almost came off the club during “Shipping Up To Boston.” Then  came the guys chance to rush the stage for set closers “Skinhead on the  MBTA” and “Boys on the Docks”.<br /><br />For those that were not able to  get tickets to any of the band’s remaining shows, be sure to pick up the  band’s new live CD and DVD, Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA. Filmed over  the bands seven shows at the House of Blues in 2009 and comprising a  whole new setlist from their previous live disc, the album and concert  DVD does an awesome job of capturing the Dropkick Murphys at their best.  <br /> <br /></p>

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