by Diane Woodcheke
Saint Patrick’s Day gets parade goers out wearing lots of green and shamrocks, it is also a time when bagpipes are playing and Celtic music fills the air. The town of Huntington, NY started the celebration early on March 12th with their annual parade downtown. Also located in that very same area is a fabulous venue, The Paramount, where a parade of fans showed up later that same day to see their favorite Celtic Punk Rock band, the Dropkick Murphys.
Even though it was a bitterly cold day, fans lined up all the way down the street eager to get inside to get a spot as close to the stage as possible for this sold out show. As soon as the doors opened the bars inside the venue were three people deep while fans prepared for a full night of music and good times. Warming the crowd up was Blood or Whisky and then the high energy of The Interrupters. But right before the headlining act came on, everyone filled the general admission floor to its full capacity and was ready to rock.
Once the Dropkick Murphys came out on stage there was a roar from the crowd that shook the house. The band kicked the night off in high gear with new songs off of 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, their ninth studio album that was just release on January 6th of this year. The band and their fans were in high gear and the energy was through the roof as people were moshing and crowd surfing from the get go.
Playing a full compliment of their new songs, including “Blood” which had fans shouting “blood” along with the band each time it was said, they played a couple of covers and of course their chart topping single, which had everyone singing along, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.” There was never a dull moment and one could feel the band was having just as much fun as the audience. In fact at the end of the evening as they played “Until Next Time” an overwhelming amount of fans were brought up on stage, mostly ladies, to close the show out.
It was truly an exhilarating performance and all had a great time. The United States leg of the tour ends in their hometown of Boston on March 18th. The band heads to Europe in July, but they will be back in the States for another U.S. tour starting at the end of July so be sure not to miss them when they make a stop near you.