Dropkick Murphys Play The Wellmont Theatre Tomorrow Night

July 27th, 2011

These days the Dropkick Murphys’ name might be better known for its attachment to the Academy Award-winning The Departed and the Academy Award-nominated The Fighter. But for years now this Boston-bred band, led by guitarist-vocalist Ken Casey, has been at the forefront of the punk scene, playing a hybrid of punk rock and Irish music, and putting on shows that turn venues into sweatboxes. Fans of the band are some of the most passionate ever, and though the seven-piece (including a bagpiper by the name of Scruffy Wallace) crowds the stage as it is, the sea of sweaty fans watching is always topped with a slew of crowd-surfing bodies, many of which also end up onstage.

Garnering the loudest and rowdiest crowd reactions are set staples “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” (a Bostonian anthem on the soundtrack for The Departed) and “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced” (often introduced as a song for the ladies and one that gets dozens of them onstage). Dropkick Murphys (above, performing “The State of Massachusetts”) play The Wellmont Theatre tomorrow in support of its seventh studio record, Going Out in Style—a concept album based on the life of fictional Irish immigrant Cornelius Larkin—which features NOFX’s Fat Mike, the Living End’s Chris Cheney and none other than the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. (We can only hope for a guest appearance.) —Kirsten Housel