Punk Rock Hits Northern Jersey

February 25th, 2010

Dropkick Murphys – The Wellmont Theatre – February 24, 2010

Dropkick Murphys - The Wellmont Theatre - February 24, 2010
Last night, just two dates into their St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2010, Dropkick Murphys tore through The Wellmont Theatre, with Strung Out and Larry and His Flask supporting. Both Strung Out and Dropkick Murphys have been at it for more than a decade, and the veteran punk-rock lineup brought an exciting one-two punch to a sold-out crowd at a venue still new to hosting such shows.

Dropkick Murphys’ set began dark with a single light on Scruffy Wallace playing the bagpipes. But before long a fury of guitars exploded, led by Al Barr’s gruff and barreling voice. About five songs in, the band played a great run of “The Warrior’s Code,” “As One” and then “Buried Alive.” They later dove into yet another great run with “Forever,” “The Dirty Glass” and “Black Velvet Band.” Throughout the night, Barr ran feverishly from side to side of the stage, while his bandmates shared microphones behind him. Ending the set, Dropkick Murphys played “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced”—a song for the ladies, dozens of whom climbed onstage to sing along—and the Bostonian anthem “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” which saw many guys from the crowd join together with the band. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel