Dropkick Murphys have announced the dates for their headlining St. Patrick's Day Tour 2018. Marking their first U.S. tour of the year, the run will kick off on February 24 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and culminate with the band's annual hometown run of Boston shows St. Patrick's Day Week (March 15-18). Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, December 8 at www.DropkickMurphys.com, starting at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Tour openers include New York Hardcore icons Agnostic Front and Boston ska pioneers Bim Skala Bim, who both have a long history with Dropkick Murphys and have shared bills with the band since the early days of DKM. Bim Skala Bim was a co-opener for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' "Boston On The Road" tour in 1997, which introduced Dropkick Murphys to a national audience. Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front last toured the US together in 1998, which was followed by the DKM/AF 7" split Unity in 1999.
Prior to the St. Patrick's Day Tour, fans are also invited to enjoy a rare opportunity to see Dropkick Murphys and professional boxing in a small intimate setting at the Dropkick Murphys & Murphys Boxing Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA. Proceeds from the event benefit the band's charitable foundation the Claddagh Fund, as well as Ernie Boch's Music Drives Us Foundation. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.DropkickMurphys.com and www.CladdaghFund.org.
Dropkick Murphys—Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, vocals), James Lynch(guitar, vocals)—are touring in support of their 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory album, released through the band's own Born & Bred Records earlier this year. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 independently released album. There's a feeling of purpose throughout the album, influenced by the band's work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children's and veterans' organizations. Dropkick Murphys are hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand with veterans, youth sports, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Many of the songs reflect these experiences, and the band's sadness, anger and dismay at the opiate epidemic ravaging the country — in particular, Boston and New England — and also their feeling of pride and optimism at the sight of those who have turned their lives around. Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for their city. In Boston, it seems like everybody knows someone connected to the band whether by blood, friendship, or the time they shared a brew at a Bruins game. They've built a legacy that does Beantown proud.
Initial tour dates for Dropkick Murphys' St. Patrick's Day Tour 2018 are as follows, with Agnostic Front and Bim Skala Bim supporting on all dates unless otherwise noted.
Additional openers for the Boston shows will be announced soon:
Feb. 24 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Feb. 25 Albany, NY Albany Capital Center
Feb. 27 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
Feb. 28 Indianapolis IN Egyptian Room
March 2 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
March 3 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
March 5 Birmingham, AL Iron City
March 6 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
March 7 Atlanta, GA Cola-Cola Roxy
March 9 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
March 10 Washington DC The Anthem
March 11 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
March 12 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
March 14 Portland, ME State Theatre
March 15 Boston, MA House Of Blues
March 16 Boston, MA House Of Blues
March 17 Boston, MA House Of Blues
March 18 Boston, MA House Of Blues
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