I have very few bands left on my “have to see live” bucket list. After last night, that list is one shorter.
I go to more concerts in a week than some people go to in a lifetime. You name the band, chances are I have seen them live multiple times. I love that this is my life and love all of the people I’ve met and experiences I’ve had because of this lifestyle. Unfortunately, that means that shows don’t have the same excitement for me that they have for other people that don’t get to do this night after night. Now don’t get me wrong, I love every show I go to and still love all of the people I meet, things I see, and music I hear but a show is a show to me and it’s just part of my life. It takes a lot for me to get super excited about a show. Last night was one of the few shows that I was overly excited for to the point where I’m pretty sure my roommate wanted to kill me.
Dropkick Murphys were everything I wanted them to be live. They have been a band for over twenty years (last night was part of their 20th anniversary tour) and have far too many albums to list off yet somehow, they managed to play every single song that I wanted to hear. They played a mix of old and new and slow and fast. It didn’t matter what song they were playing, I had the biggest smile on my face the whole time.
The crowd was tamer than I thought they would be which was a great thing since I somehow woke up yesterday morning with a black and blue foot from the Born of Osiris show on Friday night. My roommate and friend that went with me are both fairly short so we stayed towards the back of the venue majority of the night so they could stand on the stairs and actually see something but eventually I gave in. I threw my purse to my roommate and made the maiden voyage to the front of the stage. It was easier than I thought it would be and once I got to the pit, the pain in my foot fell to the wayside and I was pushing and shoving with all my might.
If you didn’t know, Dropkick Murphys are an Irish punk band. They mix traditional Irish music with punk/oi. Their music features flutes and bagpipes. I am a sucker for bagpipes and honestly, this band is the reason I joined the bagpipe club in high school (yes, I play bagpipes and am not ashamed to admit it!). Their music is truly one of a kind. The second you hear one of their songs, there’s no question who it is, you know instantly that it’s Dropkick Murphys. Their songs have been featured in movies and commercials but even with their mainstream success, they stayed true and kept the punk/oi feeling alive.
I wish I had more to say about last night but honestly, I don’t remember much of anything. I completely lost myself in the music and the experience. Dropkick played for a good hour and a half but it felt more like ten minutes. It wasn’t enough but it was what I got and I’m more than thankful for that. I sang along to every word and shouted until my voice gave out.
I woke up this morning with a sore throat, a throbbing foot, and a smile on my face. I got to see Dropkick Murphys last night. There’s really nothing else that needs to be said.
Venue: The Myth
Sausage Fest Meter- 9 out of 10
Broken Bones- 1 Busted Nose
Average Age- 35
Spotted Flying Through The Sky- Bodies
Level of Moshing- Heavy
Crowd Surfers- Didn’t Pay Attention
Drink of Choice-Jameson
Spotted in the Crowd- Paddy of Dillinger 4 was spotted on stage during the last song
Overall Score- 9.6 out of 10
Show On Deck- Surrounded by Giants (local group)