House of Blues, Dallas – Circa 1996, on a thirty-dollar bet made in a barbershop, Ken Casey (bass, lead vocals) formed one of the most iconic Irish punk bands ever in a matter of three weeks. Twenty years later, the bad boys from Boston brought their anniversary tour through Dallas.

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After a rousing opening by Darkbuster and Tiger Army, an anxious crowd stood before a glowing white curtain. A tribute documentary played chronicling Dropkick’s 20 years with highlights of the bands formation. Emotion filled the room as memories flashed of the band’s tight bond with the people of Boston. From celebratory moments with Boston sports to the somber events of the Boston Marathon, the members of Dropkick Murphys have been a band that has always been a part of their community, rather than a band that was from the community.

DropkickMurphys-7006The curtain dropped with lead singer breaking straight-away into “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya” off their sixth album “The Meanest of Times.” As with every show, the band got up close and personal with the fans from Barr and Casey bridging the gap over the photo pit to step out above the crowd to the traditional ending as fans were allowed to come from the crowd onto the stage with the band to close the show with “Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced” and a fitting cover of Sam Cooke’s “Having a Party.”

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