Al Barr belts into a Sennheiser ew500 wireless system
By Robert Granger.
My dad always said that there are only three certainties in life: life, death, and taxes. Well, there’s one more thing that you can add to that — if you live in a major city in the Northeast, and it’s St. Patrick’s time, you can be certain that the Dropkick Murphys will be rolling through your town on their annual St. Pat’s tour.
Celebrating their 14th year and their latest release, Goin’ Out In Style, which cracked the Billboard Top Ten at #6, the Boston scallywags brought their Celtic-flavored punk to New York City for two nights at the Roseland Ballroom last month, and Pro Sound News was there for their opening night set.
The band — Al Barr (vocals), Ken Casey (vocals, bass), Matt Kelly (drums, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), Tim Brennan (guitar, accordion, vocals), Jeff DaRosa (guitar, keyboard, vocals), and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes) — hit the stage to the opening cadence of “Hang ‘Em High” and powered through a set that spanned their entire career, which kept the fans moving and the floor of the Roseland Ballroom flexing.
Barr and Casey led the sold-out crowd through Murphy standards, including “Barroom Hero,” “Fields Of Anthenry,” “Worker’s Song,” and “The Dirty Glass” (which featured Nora Parkington of opening act The Parkingtons), as well as newer hits such as “The State OF Massachusetts” and “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” (which was featured in 2006’s The Departed).
I can almost guarantee that you’ve never been to a show quite like a Dropkick Murphys show. While life is great, it’s even better after a DKM show. So, with that, grab your 2012 calendar and block out the first two weeks of March — you can almost guarantee that the Dropkick Murphys will be in your neck of the woods for a show that you won’t forget.