Dropkick Murphys Announce Additional Tour Dates; Tickets For Fenway Park Shows Sell Out In Less Than One Hour


Dropkick Murphys have announced additional U.S. tour dates and shows in the UK. The band will return to the West Coast to play San Diego (October 11 & 12), Las Vegas (October 14) and Los Angeles (October 15). Tickets for the Los Angeles show go on sale Friday, July 8 and tickets for the San Diego and Las Vegas shows go on sale Saturday, July 9. Go to www.DropkickMurphys.com for details.

In addition, Dropkick Murphys have confirmed overseas gigs in 2012, adding shows in Liverpool (February 8), London (February 10) and Glasgow (February 11).

Meanwhile, tickets for Dropkick Murphys’ September 8 and 9 landmark hometown shows at Boston’s Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) sold out in less than one hour this week. A portion of the proceeds from the two Dropkick Murphys at Fenway with Special Guests The Mighty Mighty Bosstones shows (which are pending city approval) will benefit the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund–which helps support families of victims of 9/11 throughout the state–as well as the band’s charity, The Claddagh Fund.

The critically-acclaimed group–known for their complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock ‘n’ roll–are touring in support of their Going Out In Style CD (Born & Bred Records/ILG), which debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200–the group’s highest chart debut to date.

In other news, there are a few days remaining in Deering BanjosDropkick Murphys Goodtime Tenor Banjo giveaway. The sweepstakes runs through Monday, July 11 and can be entered online at: http://www.deeringbanjos.com/dropkick-murphys-banjo-sweepstakes.

Dropkick Murphys continue to receive accolades from the media for their live show. Here’s a sample of recent critical praise.

“What makes a Dropkicks show so different than other concerts is that the rockers are an everyman band–evidenced by a diverse crowd that spanned from 15 years old to folks over 50 who were there and weren’t chaperones. The band’s songs take universal themes of family and class struggle and love and put them to music you can pogo to…But the biggest thing that makes going to a Dropkick Murphys show more like a family reunion than a formal concert is the band’s interactivity with the crowd…That’s what makes the Dropkick Murphys so vital–it’s not just going to a concert, but being part of an experience, from the time the crowd shouted the repeated refrain of ‘Let’s Go Murphys!’ before the curtain was pulled back to the wild rush of fans streaming back onto the floor for the final song of ‘Boys on the Docks.’”

–Vanessa Franko, Press Enterprise, July 2, 2011

“…Dropkick Murphys’ late-afternoon set was the perfect celebration…The group’s new album Going Out in Style provided some of its best original material: blue-collar workers rights were the focus of the propulsive folk-rocker ‘Take ‘Em Down’; the band offered up an emotive version of ‘Cruel.’ Other highlights included the energetic ‘Peg o’ My Heart’ and the bagpipes-anchored title track, with its punk attack and infectious chorus. Well-placed covers included a super-fast version of the traditional tune ‘The Irish Rover’ and, later in the set, a rowdy take on AC/DC‘s ‘T.N.T.’ For that one, lead singer Al Barr (above) conjured Bon Scott as the Hootenanny faithful were suddenly transformed into a mass of fist-pumping headbangers.”

–Robert Kinsler, Orange County Register, July 3, 2011

“The Dropkicks played an energetic set, with Barr zooming from one end of the stage to the other, flat cap atop his head, fists pumping along with his gruff growl. The rest of the band zig-zagged across the stage as well, not just standing in front the same microphone the whole set, but using any of the four set up across the front of the stage. The band changed up the tempos throughout the night which kept things interesting, from the pounding hardcore of ‘Citizen C.I.A.,’ which sent the pit into a frenzy, to ‘Take ‘Em Down’ from the band’s latest LP, an acoustic anthem for a blue-collar workforce.”

–Dave Lake, Seattle Weekly, June 28, 2011

They are a true headliner, taking control of wherever they play quickly and gripping it hard until they power down…The mix of traditional folk instruments like banjo with loud electric guitars and a punishing (in a good way) rhythm section is devastatingly effective – punk in spirit but pub ready…”

–Dennis Cook, Jambase.com, June 15, 2011

Catch Dropkick MurphysAl Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, whistle, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes)–on the road in the following cities:

Date                                        City                                          Venue

Friday, July 8                           Milwaukee, WI                         Summerfest

Sunday, July 10                       Ottawa, ONT                           Cisco Ottawa Blues Fest

Monday, July 11                      Quebec City, QC                    Festival d’été de Québec

Wednesday, July 27               Sayreville, NJ                          Starland Ballroom

Thursday, July 28                    Montclair, NJ                           Wellmont Theatre

Friday, July 29                         Essex Junction, VT                 Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo Center

Saturday, July 30                    Syracuse, NY                          Krockathon (NYS Fairgrounds)

Monday, August 1                   St. John’s, NL                          George Street Festival

Wednesday, August 3            Halifax, NS                              Multipurpose Centre

Thursday, August 4                 Moncton, NB                           Oxygen Nightclub

Friday, August 5                      Montreal, QC                           Metropolis

Saturday, August 6                 Collingwood, ON                     Wakestock (Millennium Park, Collingwood Harbour)

Friday, August 12                    Püttlingen, Germany               Rocco Del Schlacko

Saturday, August 13               Eschwege, Germany              Open Flair

Sunday, August 14                  Rothenburg, Germany            Taubertal

Friday, August 19                    St. Pölten, Austria                   Frequency Festival

Saturday, August 20               Lüdinghausen, Germany        Area 4

Sunday, August 21                  Großpösna, Germany             Highfield

Thursday, September 8          Boston, MA                              Fenway Park

Friday, September 9               Boston, MA                              Fenway Park

Tuesday, October 11              San Diego, CA                        House Of Blues

Wednesday, October 12        San Diego, CA                        House Of Blues

Friday, October 14                  Las Vegas, NV                        Hard Rock Casino

Saturday, October 15             Los Angeles, CA                     The Palladium

Wednesday, February 8         Liverpool, UK                           O2 Academy

Friday, February 10                 London, UK                             The Roundhouse

Saturday, February 11            Glasgow, Scotland                  Barrowlands