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Photos: Dropkick Murphys In London

If you are a fan of Celtic Punk, the Dropkick Murphys moniker is a household name for you. The band managed to redefine the sound of this particular scene, blending elements of punk, hardcore, and even garage rock along with Celtic and Irish folk elements. It’s almost as if members of Rancid, Sick of It All, and Gang Green suddenly decided to jam to some Irish jigs.

The band’s live shows are just as legendary as their well-received recordings, so it’s natural to see fans waiting for the band to hit the stage with a lot of anticipation. Dropkick crowds often consist of a blend of die-hard fans who are show veterans, as well as newcomers, who look extremely excited at the thought of seeing one of their favorite bands live for the very first time. Whether the case, the band showed up on stage, guns blazing (or better yet, guitars blazing), and giving the audience a very energetic show from the get-go.

Their current live setlist is quite balanced. The band’s current roadshow features old and new songs, as well as some renditions of traditional songs such as The Fields of Athenry, as well as Blood, and The State of Massachusetts which have been staples in the band’s live sets for quite some time now (studio versions of these classics also appear on the band’s earlier albums.)

The group’s best known and most highly anticipated live show drag is probably “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” which became somewhat of an official anthem for the entire folk-punk scene! The track was played during the encore, and a great way to get the energy levels super-high towards the end of the show! The band performed over 20 songs, keeping the audience psyched for the entire duration of the night.

Musically, the band is as tight as ever, and as shown by their recent single, “Smash Shit Up,” they are still out there to make a killing, and they still make music following their tried-and-true creative formula, with classic hardcore punk influences blending in with folk elements and some catchy melodic parts.

The new material translates well on a stage – and it blends in perfectly with other beloved songs from the band’s discography, such as “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya,” a perfect song to be a bit drunk and happily sing along!

Photos By: Cathy Whatever

Dropkick Murphys

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