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Dropkick Murphys

Some bands are clearly indentified with their hometowns. Bruce Springsteen - Asbury Park; Nirvana - Seattle; and Dropkick Murphys - Boston.

One of Dropkick Murphys' best known songs is "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," so it's not hard to figure out where the Celtic Punk group is from.

"I'm Shipping Up To Boston," with lyrics taken from a Woody Guthrie poem, appeared on Dropkick Murphys' fifth album, "The Warrior's Code." It was also featured in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award winning crime thriller The Departed, which was set in Massachusetts.

Also in '05, Dropkick Murphys, a group known for their Democrat/liberal leanings contributed "We Got The Power" to "Rock Against (George W.) Bush, Vol. 2" compilation.

Two years later, Dropkick Murphys issued "The Meanest Of Times" on their own label, Born & Bred Records. The album made its debut at #20 in the U.S. The first single, "The State Of Massachusetts," was used as the opening theme for the MTV show Nitro Circus. The track also made Rolling Stone's Top 100 songs of 2007 - placed at #83.

'08 saw guitarist Marc Orrell leave. Tim Brennan who had handled mandolin and accordion took over the guitar slot with Jeff DaRosa assuming Brennan's duties.

Along the way, Dropkick Murphys found favor with The Boss. They joined Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band on stage in Boston for his Working On A Dream Tour, playing "Glory Days" and "American Land." During the '09 show, Brennan proposed to his girlfriend onstage which was followed by a performance of the Springsteen song, "So Young And In Love."

Dropkick Murphys seventh album "Going Out In Style" dropped in early '11. The album debuted at #6 on Billboard selling 43,259 in the U.S. in its first week, thanks in part to a guest appearances by Springsteen (Peg O' My Heart"), Fat Mike of NOFX and The Living End's Chris Cheney ("Going Out in Style").

A concept album, "Going Out in Style" told the story of a fictional character named Cornelius Larkin. "Cornelius has passed on to the other side, and the album becomes a retrospective of his life," said bassist/vocalist Ken Casey.

"'Going Out In Style' is one of the records I'm most proud of, of anything we've done," added Casey. "But it gave me a couple migraines along the way, getting through that because everything was so connected."

The four year gap between "The Meanest Of Times" and "Going Out In Style," the longest in the group's recording career, was not replicated for "Signed And Sealed In Blood." That album dropped in '13. The set featured "Rose Tattoo" and "The Season's Upon Us."

"(It's) just us having fun and making the most catchy, sing-a-long kind of songs we can," said Casey of the album. "This time we cut loose."

On the responsible side, the Dropkick Murphys' charitable foundation, the Claddagh Fund, donated over $300,000 raised by the "For Boston" initiative for people whose lives were changed forever by the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. "Every single person we had the pleasure of meeting expressed a positive attitude and an incredible sense of perseverance as they work hard to return to the lives they enjoyed before the tragic day in April," said Casey, who met with many of the donation recipients.

The group presented their ninth studio album, "11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory," in '17. It was the first album since '03's "Blackout" to not feature Scruffy Wallace who left in '15. While not an official member, Lee Forshner stepped in and played bagpipes on the album and subsequent tour.
Dropkick Murphys Discography


1998 Do Or Die
1999 The Gang's All Here
2001 Sing Loud, Sing Proud!
2003 Blackout
2005 The Warrior's Code
2007 The Meanest Of Times
2011 Going Out In Style
2013 Signed And Sealed In Blood
2017 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory

Compilation Albums:

1998 The Early Years
2000 The Singles Collection, Volume 1
2005 Singles Collection, Volume 2

Live Albums:

2000 Live On A Five (2000)
2002 Live On St. Patrick's Day From Boston, MA
2010 Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA
2012 Live At Fenway Park

Former Members of Dropkick Murphys:

Mike McColgan - Lead Vocals ('96-'98)
Rick Barton - Guitar ('96-'00)
Marc Orrell - Guitar/Accordion/Piano ('00-'08)
Joe Delaney - Bagpipes ('98-'03)
Spicy McHaggis (Robbie Mederios) - Bagpipes ('00-'03)
Ryan Foltz - Mandolin/Tin Whistle ('00-'03)
Josh "Scruffy" Wallace - Bagpipes/Tin Whistle ('03-'15)
Jeff Erna - Drums ('96-'97)

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