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Dropkick Murphy's The Meanest of Times Tour

by Tim

Celtic punk greats the Dropkick Murphys opened their CD release tour for their newest CD "The Meanest of Times" in Cleveland on Tuesday 9/18. The new release and the show proved to be quite amazing. With a jam-packed Agora Theatre chanting "Let's Go Murphys", the lights dimmed and a recording of Celtic Woman singing "The Foggy Dew" played over the PA. The only thing visible during that opening was a pirate flag hanging from Scruffy Wallace's bagpipes floating across the stage. As the lights flew on and the band cranked out one of their hard rocking classics, one of our DJ's was sent flying about 20 feet across the pit, which turned out to be more raucous than a Rancid concert.

Featuring the single "The State of Massachusetts" and other quality songs such as "Tomorrow's Industry" and "Echoes on A Street" the new album is definitely a throwback to DKM's original blend of traditional Irish, punk, and hardcore that put them on the map.

After playing for nearly an hour and a half, the band ended the main set with all the women in the audience on stage singing "Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced." For the encore, DKM included their contribution to The Departed Soundtrack "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" and their remake of The Kingston Trio classic "Charlie on the MTA," "Skinhead on the MBTA" with about a quarter of the audience singing on stage with them. Truly a great concert combining high energy punk with classic bagpipe, accordion, and whistle sounds.


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