Dropkick Murphys have announced a return to the UK for a run of shows in April 2019, following an incredibly successful run of European shows and festivals throughout 2018.
One of the biggest American Celtic punk bands in the world, expect to hear their classic songs and massive hits, such as “Shipping Up To Boston”, “The State of Massachusetts”, “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya” and “Rose Tattoo”.
Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for their city. In Boston, it seems like everybody knows someone connected to the band whether by blood, friendship, or the time they shared a brew at a Bruins game. They’ve built a legacy that does Beantown proud.
Since their 1996 formation, they’ve sold a staggering 4 million albums worldwide with 2005’s “The Warrior’s Code” achieving an RIAA Gold certification and its smash single “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” nearing double platinum and appearing during a key moment of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed.
2013’s “Signed And Sealed In Blood” netted their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200, and debuted at number 6 in Germany. The album spawned standout tracks “The Boys Are Back,” “Out Of Our Heads,” “Prisoner’s Song,” and fan favourite, “Rose Tattoo”. A special version of this song featuring the band’s buddy Bruce Springsteen was released as a benefit for the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
They’ve hosted sold out concerts at most of the city’s landmarks, including Fenway Park, TD Garden, the Boston Pops, and even the last voyage of the USS Constitution. They updated the Boston Red Sox anthem “Tessie” in 2004, which may or may not have had something to do with the team’s first World Series win in 86 years…
The band released their emotionally charged ninth studio album, “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory”, to strong reviews in January 2017. Many of the songs on it reflect the bands personal experiences, including the band's sadness, anger and dismay at the opiate epidemic ravaging the country - in particular, Boston and New England. The song "Rebels With A Cause" was written about kids who are given up on, and left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless. "Paying My Way" is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life. "4-15-13" stands out as one of the most emotional pieces in the group's huge catalog. Paying homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, most of whom the band grew to know personally after visits to their hospital rooms in the aftermath.
The band have spent much of 2018 out on the road, playing festivals and selling out shows worldwide.