PREVIEW: Dropkick Murphys set to invade Huntington

Boston’s favorite punk band Dropkick Murphys kicked off their 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory tour about a week ago at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA before a sold out crowd, and are set to blow through the NYC area in just two short weeks as they bring their tour supporting their 9th studio album by the same name to The Paramount out in Huntington on March 12th, and we’re excited for this tour to come through the area. DKM put on a great show, and they came through NYC last year at the famed (meh) Webster Hall for their usual killer performance, though that show was attended solely as fans in support of the band.

DKM have long been a punk staple, but the new album is a bit different. You can read our review here, and it’ll be interested to see how the slower album changes their live show, if at all. Since it’s release, 11 Short Stories has peaked at #2 on Billboard’s best-selling list and #1 on iTunes, and their opening night performance on the 21st is receiving high praise in the media. In addition to the early rave reviews of their live show on this run, the album itself has received heavily favorable reviews. The band’s direction has changed a bit over the years, and Dropkick Murphys have seemingly “grown up” with their latest album, moving away from the hardcore punk they’ve long been known for and instead tackling serious issues through their music.

Again, it’ll be interesting to see how this new direction and theme plays into their live show when they do get into town on March 12th, essentially at the end of the tour as they wrap it all up with their annual St. Patrick’s Day weekend run of 5 shows + an afterparty in their hometown. It’s okay for punk to grow up, and last year’s tour may well have been the last time I see what I consider classic DKM, but I’m excited not only for what this tour holds, but for what they  have in store for the future as well.

As an obligatory shout out, Dropkick Murphys are known for their involvement with charities – specifically their own, The Claddagh Fund, which they established in 2009 and through which they help children’s and veteran’s organizations as well as addiction recovery. It’s hard to dislike anything a band does when they give so much of themselves on stage and then help those in need on top of it, so good on them. That’s just another reason I’ll see these guys over and over, and their date at The Paramount in Huntington is sure to be a massive success. There aren’t many bands I’ll go out that far to see, but DKM is one of them without question. Find their remaining 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory tour dates below.

Also check out The Claddagh Fund and, of course, make a donation if you feel so inclined*

*Soundboard Magazine is not affiliated with Dropkick Murphys or The Claddagh Fund in any way. We just like bands that support good causes.

Remaining tour dates:

2/28/17 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater*+
3/1/17 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom*+
3/2/17 Little Rock, AR Metroplex Live*+
3/3/17 Robinsonville, MS Horseshoe Tunica — Bluesville*+
3/4/17 Birmingham, AL Iron City*+
3/6/17 St. Petersburg, FL Janus Live*
3/7/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live*
3/8/17 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues*
3/10/17 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues*+
3/11/17 Washington, DC Shamrockfest (Dropkick Murphys ONLY)
3/12/17 Huntington, NY The Paramount*+
3/15/17 Boston, MA TBA
3/16/17 Boston, MA TBA
3/17/17 Boston, MA TBA
3/18/17 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
3/18/17 Boston, MA After Party @ House Of Blues with Pro Boxing
3/19/17 Boston, MA TBA