Nobody gathers a crowd in Boston like the Dropkick Murphys—not on St. Paddy’s Day. The Murphys played first at TD Garden on Friday, Brighton Music Hall on Saturday, and House of Blues on the day itself. It was far from their first time, and, as they told the crowd from the stage, far from the last.
Rebuilder opened, an incredible start for a new band, previewing their first EP just before its release. The band recently began its own grassroots record company Refuse Rethink Rebuild, based right out of Boston. Their music is fast-paced and fun, and the crowd can expect to hear more of their music soon.
Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun took the stage next. They came from the UK to tour with the Dropkick Murphys and rocked the house. Hearing one song or another could easily make someone peg them punk or country. They are a fast-growing indie band who whipped the packed house into action.
The Dropkick Murphys drove the crowd mad with “The Boys are Back” the first song off their new record, Signed and Sealed in Blood. They followed up with “The Fighting 69th” from their second record, “The Gang’s All Here,” from the late 90’s. The night went on like that with new and old songs, intertwining into an event.
A young boy named Colin sang “Amazing Grace,” and Megan Gale “The Dirty Glass.” Seal Team 6 joined them on the stage for “Forever.”
Boston means a lot to the Murphys, and they mean a lot to Boston. They had people working the stage in Bruins costumes and there was at least one person in the crowd with a rose tattoo. One man told about how his son, now deceased, loved TDM, and another how it always felt like his fiancé, five years dead, was there with him when they played “Shipping Out to Boston.” When it actually came time to play “Shipping Out to Boston,” they announced “We’re gonna play it, you’re gonna sing it.” The crowd screamed out the lyrics and went wild.
They left, but were cheered back onto stage, “Let’s Go Murphys” and dedicated “Barroom Hero” to everyone in The House of Blues that night. The DKM were joined onstage by the audience for “End of the Night,” played for the first time in Boston. “Skinhead on the MBTA”—their own rendition of the Kingston Trio’s “Charlie on the MTA” was especially fitting. They finished the night with ‘Alcohol’, as everyone knew they would.