Photos and Review by Marie-Christine Quirion
St Patrick’s Day in Boston alone is amazing to see, but with a home victory by the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics on Saturday night the festivities were well underway long before the stroke of midnight. Added by the appearance of an overly energetic Conor Mcgregor at a chilly St Patrick’s Day parade on Boston’s South Side early Sunday afternoon, it seemed as though the stars aligned for Dropkick Murphys to play the last “SOLD OUT” show of the “St. Patrick’s Tour 2019”, at the House of Blues on March 17th.
Amigo the Devil
As the opener, Amigo the Devil started the evening off, playing a full acoustic set while people were quietly filling the concert hall. Armed with a nothing but a guitar and a style of his own, we strolled through every genre from folk to country, revisited some classic rock and even heard some heavy metal. Throughout his set, Danny Kiranos (his real name), skillfully entertained the crowd with his caustic humor, even a little morbid at times. He also laughed at the fact that it was very early in the evening, the venue was a bit empty, and the audience was there for Dropkick Murphys more than him.
Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One
Following Amigo, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of one played some songs from his latest album “All are Welcome”. In reference to the album cover, which has the head of the Statue of Liberty, several fans were wearing different accessories referencing the city of New York, and Lady Liberty, with the slogan; I ♥ ️ Lenny. With a style that slates more Alternative/Indie, and accompanied by 3 other musicians, Lenny did a great job setting the tone for the explosion of energy that was to follow.
Staying true to their format (because why change a winning formula?), Dropkick Murphys opened their show with the famous cover of Sinéad O’Connor’s Foggy Dew. With a set-list of 21 songs as well as a 5-song encore, the only song played from their 2017 album “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” was “4-15-13”. The band, who’s been rolling for more than 20 years now, played through what is their greatest hits collection, including “The Boys Are Back”, “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya”, “Rose Tattoo”, “I’m Shipping up to Boston” and several others.
Throughout the performance all of our senses were fully immersed by flying confetti, traditional Irish dancers and a live marching band. Seeing how this show was on St Patrick’s day, I personally had expected Dropkick to go above and beyond, considering we were in their hometown of Boston, and they are one of the most famous Celtic punk bands alive today.
I must confess that I am a little stuck on my hunger. Although happy and energized to be where it all began, surrounded by their very first fans, I feel The Murphys did not offer us a show different from previous ones I’ve seen in the past.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that in the days leading up to this evening, founding member and one of the lead singers, Ken Casey had been involved in an altercation with a crowd member, while defending another fan? Probably.
Nevertheless, the guys lead the crowd all night, allowing them to sing into the mic, dance on stage, and even participate on several occasions. So… what’s the next step for Dropkick? A month of well-deserved rest and then, off to Dublin for the continuation of the tour!