Ready for a party?
Dropkick Murphys are heading back over to the UK and Ireland next year to play some of their biggest ever shows.
Oh, and they will be bringing The Interrupters along for the party too.
So that's a bit of this:
And then a whole load of this:
Without further ado, here they are:
15 - MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse
16 - NEWCASTLE City Hall
18 - DUBLIN 3Arena
19 - BELFAST Telegraph Building
22 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro
23 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
24 - BRIGHTON Centre
25 - BIRMINGHAM Academy
26 - LONDON SSE Wembley Arena
The band have just dropped their new album 'Turn Up That Dial'.
You can check out their album release party below:
We spoke to vocalist Ken Casey all about the record recently. You can read the full piece right HERE, and a little snippet below:
It’s also the 10th Murphys album that you’ve released. Is there sentimentality in that for you?
"The sentimentality is more in the 25th anniversary of the band, really. That’s what feels the craziest because it feels like we are just hitting our stride. That’s weird to say, but we do. The live show is getting even better, and we are the happiest with this album than we have ever been. That’s a good feeling going into the next 25 years. I still feel like we have something to prove to people. I think we have always felt like that. Nobody gave us much of a chance of having the success that we have had."
When you consider how far you’ve travelled since those very early days, how does it feel to be here still to be able to talk about them alongside an album that you’re as proud of as this?
“25 years is the sort of milestone that we’re proud of, but considering that the band started off the back of a bet, it’s not half bad. I was bartending with a kid who went to the music college here, Boston Berklee, and he said, ‘You’re always talking about starting a band, I dare you to open for my band in three weeks’. That’s how we started. It was a joke. We wrote three songs and learned three covers, and we played that six-song set twice to win the bet. It was a shit show. All our friends came just to mock us. I remember doing that maybe three times in front of those friends and then making that shift when we played the first all-ages punk-rock matinee in front of people who didn’t know us. To then go from there to playing to a fan base that we are so proud of, you see how we have forged our path that we’ve had the chance to play in front of a friendly, welcoming audience for most of our career. I remember playing a couple of bars in the early days in front of five people, and there was the old guy stood at the bar hating you too, and that is hard. But being able to look out now and see people who are truly happy to see you, that’s not a job. That’s a blessing. I feel like we have been on the ride of our lives with this band. It’s been such a joy to travel because of our music. I never thought I would travel outside of the Boston area, and now I look at my passport and think, ‘Holy shit, how good has this thing been for me?
“So I truly think that the key to happiness and success is low expectations, simply because we couldn’t have started with lower expectations than when we started Dropkick Murphys. I never got paid the $30 from that kid who bet us either.”
The band has always been about that community, and that understanding shared from the floor up to the stage. And it’s that belief that has undoubtedly helped you through any rough patches that have occurred…
“For sure. I feel like that connection between the fan base and us. It’s stronger and more real. I’ve never been in another band aside from this, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You could offer me all the success in the world in any other form of music, and it simply wouldn’t interest me. This is what I love.”