Live Review: Dropkick Murphys - Vicar St. Feb 9th

Dropkick Murphys prove they are one of the best live bands at a Sold Out Vicar St. gig in Dublin.

Irish American band Dropkick Murphys are regular visitors to Ireland over the last number of years and tonight's packed show was high on entertainment value, musicianship and surprisingly high on song quality. The best song for me was 'I'm Shipping Up To Boston' which resulted in a Pirated Banner being displayed like this in an archive picture above.

The seven members of Dropkick Murphys regularly come and go from the stage. During one song only four of the band remained with the others taking rest breaks. The band's instruments consists of Accordian, Pipes, Tin Whistle, Banjo, Mandolin as well as the rock stable of guitars, bass and drums. The lead vocalist has a gravelly voice which you'd associate with old style traditional Irish singing. Bassist Ken Casey was on vocals duty for most of the tracks and was much more listenable. The set of well over an hour and a half included a four song acoustic set on stools which gave the moshing crowd a breather. It was the interaction between the band and the crowd that provided most of the entertainment. For the encore the band brought onstage a few dozen ladies for a great version of 'Kiss Me, I'm Shitfaced'. The onstage invasion lasted until the end of the gig with the crowd in an appreciative mode for this hard working band.

  Dropkick Murphys - Blackout - 14 - Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced by sonicdm

Dropkick Murphys gained a new fan tonight. Their versions of 'Irish Rover', 'Fields of Athenry' and 'TNT' were great fun and as mentioned earlier this was a gig of high entertainment value!