Although their success has been slowly building over the course of the past 16 years, there is little question to the fact that Celtic punk rockers the Dropkick Murphys are one of the biggest success stories of their genre.
With each album the band has released, the group has seen their popularity continue to grow in a way that most pop artists could only dream about. The band’s newest album Going Out In Style debuted at the number 6 position on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts, the highest chart position the band has earned to date.
If you are not yet convinced of their success, take into account that the band are playing not one, but two shows next month at Fenway Park in their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. With more than 20,000 tickets sold to the dates, they are going to be the biggest hometown shows the band has played to date.
If you were looking to attend the band’s show tonight (Thursday August 4) at Moncton’s Oxygen Nightclub but do not already have tickets, you might be crying in your coffee today. As of press time, very few (if any) tickets remained.
Last month, Dropkick Murphys vocalist Al Barr took the time for a chat with The MusicNerd Chronicles where we discussed growing older and the band’s upcoming Fenway Park shows:
Does growing older and the fact you’ve been at this for 15+ years play into the lyrical content of the songs on Going Out In Style?
Barr: When you are young you are pissed off but then as you get older, family and other responsibilities start to take on new meaning. I feel that Going Out In Style embodies the spirit that has always been in the band. As you get older, you start to reflect on things more, especially when you have children.
Tell me about the significance of the Fenway Park shows to the band.
Barr: We have sold 20,000 tickets for the shows. While we have played to sizable crowds on the Warped Tour in the past, these are definitely going to be the biggest hometown shows that we have played. The fact that we are playing our hometown at Fenway Park is pretty remarkable on its own. It is a nice feather in the cap of the band.
Is it easier these days for a band like the Dropkick Murphys to exist outside of the mainstream and still be successful at what you do?
Barr: To me, success is going on the road and having people come out to our show. It feels great to be able to do that. Had we waited for the mainstream to come to us, I really don’t think we would still be here. We would never change what we do to appeal to people in the mainstream for what would essentially be the blink of an eye. We just keep doing what we do in order to survive.
Celtic music is essentially engrained in the DNA of much of the population of Atlantic Canada. Even though you are not a “traditional” Celtic band, do you still feel an affiliation with the music that comes from the region?
Barr: We have consistently heard from people that we have to get up to your part of the world to play some shows so in a way, these shows have been a long time coming. We definitely feel there are a lot of similarities between our music and some of the music from Atlantic Canada and are excited to see if people will come out to the show and hear it for themselves.
Here is the video for the title track from the Dropkick Murphys newest record: