PICS: Dropkick Murphys Slam the Park at the Park

Shipping up to San Diego: Dropkick Murphys slammed the Park at the Park on Thursday, Aug. 24, with the Selecter in tow.

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The famed Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996.
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Known for their loud, energetic live shows – the Murphys certainly didn’t disappoint on Aug. 24!
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Their current lineup consists of Ken Casey (bass), Matt Kelly (drums), Al Barr (lead vocals, pictured), James Lynch (guitar), Tim Brennan (accordion/mandolin/keyboard/piano), and Jeff DaRosa (banjo/mandolin/guitar/keyboard).
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They were initially signed to independent punk label Hellcat Records and released five albums under it. Of course, they became beloved in and around Boston.
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Their 2004 single, “Tessie,” became the band’s first mainstream hit and is still one of their highest charting singles to-date.
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The group’s early influences were punk bands like Stiff Little Fingers, Swingin’ Utters, the Ramones, the Clash, and Sex Pistols – as well as Irish bands like the Pogues, Greenland Whalefishers and the Dubliners.
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Dropkick Murphys’ final Hellcat Records release, 2005’s “The Warrior’s Code,” included the song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” – which was also featured in the 2006 Academy Award-winning film “The Departed.”
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That song went on to become the band’s only Platinum-selling single to-date, and remains one of their best-known songs.
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Casey once said in an interview about their sound: “I think our goal is to be the AC/DC of Celtic punk rock. The worst thing we can do to the local fans who have stuck with us is to all of a sudden try to be Fall Out Boy with bagpipes.”
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In 2007, the band started releasing music via their own label, Born & Bred. Their 2011 album, “Going Out in Style” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard charts – making it their highest-charting album thus far.
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The group released their ninth album, “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” on Jan. 6 of this year and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard charts. The album included "4-15-13", a tribute to the lives lost and affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.
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On Aug. 24, they performed a 20-song set list which included “The Lonesome Boatman,” “The Boys Are Back,” “The Gang’s All Here,” “Prisoner’s Song,” “Out of Our Heads,” “Going Out in Style,” “Until the Next Time,” and four covers for an encore with tour-mates Rancid.
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The Selecter opened the show and are a 2 Tone ska revival band that hails from Coventry, England. They originally formed in 1978-79.
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The group features a diverse lineup but is helmed by original lead vocalist Pauline Black.
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The group actually broke up in 1982 when Black went on to a career in theater, TV and film -- but was reformed by her in 1991. She led a reformed Selecter for 15 years and released several new albums.
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The Selecter were one of the key bands of 2 Tone music – the late ‘70s and early ‘80s genre that mixed ska with punk rock.
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Their debut album, “Too Much Pressure,” is the perfect example of the band’s 2 Tone sound.
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Fun fact: In 1997, No Doubt tapped them to open their world tour.
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