We were in BOSTON 03/11/04-03/14/04
here you'll see some of the photos from Boston & the DKM concert we went to on 03/11/04 as well as the charity breakfast on 03/13/04! The show & the breakfast were awesome. I shook Al Barr's hand, & Elizabeth & I had our pictures taken with various band members. ( You'll see after we get the pics developed & scanned, hopefully early next week. ) For now, though, if you look close you'll see us in one of the pics posted from the charity breakfast here. (Hint: Look in the top left corner. Elizabeth was wearing a beige coat. )
THE SHOW-03/11/04 If you were at the Avalon for last year's St. Patrick's Day shows, you may think this impossible, but Dropkick Murphys really outdid themselves this time around. Even last year's show (at least on the night we were there) was not quite as awesome as this year's. ( We never would have thought that they could top last year, though. ) The band played a pretty good mix of older tunes and more recent favorites. While they didn't play any Clash covers at the show we were at, they surprised me by playing The Nips ' Vengeance ' & AC/DC's ' Long Way to the Top, ' both of which were from singles or compilations, as opposed to DKM albums. The show also included ' Good Rats, ' 'The Wild Rover, 'and ' Finnegan's Wake ,' in addition to the usual working class anthems such as ' Worker's Song, ' ' A Few Good Men,' & ' Boys on the Docks,' and of course ' The Dirty Glass ' with Stephanie Dougherty. We left saying it was the best concert we had ever been to.
THE BREAKFAST - We were among the last 50 people to get tickets to the charity breakfast, which benefited The Nick Boynton Diabetes Foundation. We shelled out the $50 for two tickets when they became available, the night before we flew to Boston. We were certainly not disappointed. We knew from the moment the band walked by casually greeting the fans waiting to get in ( outside The Harp on the morning of the 13th ) that this would be a morning to remember. Once we were inside, the band members were just as casual, allowing the fans to take pictures with them, signing various items, etc. The Pogues, one of my personal favourite bands, played over the sound system as we ate breakfast & went around taking pictures of each other with members of the band. Ken Casey joined a Bruins team member onstage to raffle off a variety of Dropkick Murphys & Bruins items, then Dropkick Murphys took the stage and played excellent acoustic versions of ' The Dirty Glass ' with Stephanie D. & another great tune, which if memory serves was ' Boys on the Docks. ' Elizabeth says it was ' Boys on the Docks, ' reminding me that Ken Casey introduced his mother before playing it & stated that the song was about her father, John Kelly. Then Casey dismissed us so that the band could go across the street to the Fleet Center to watch the Bruins defeat the Sabers 3-2.
( The store I ordered my first DKM from. )
Support Local Talent !!!
was going to be a " local bands " page, but I don't get out to shows
like I did in my younger days, and these guys are the one local band
that I know is worth going to see when I can. If I hear another
I'll add them, but for now the page is all about Cutthroat Shamrock. (
Okay I wrote that a long time ago and now I would have to add Jon Worley and his Cornbred Blues Band, along with a handful of bands like The Fox Hunt, Pine Hill Haints, and Jason and the Punknecks
that don't quite fit my definition of local but sometimes play shows here with local bands, so I'll try to add a little on them to the local bands page, but until I do, check them out by clicking their names here. )