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With a history of sold out concerts in Atlantic Canada, Boston-based Celtic-punk band Dropkick Murphys return for three shows in support of their latest release Signed and Sealed in Blood (Born & Bred Records/ADA). Special guest is The Motorleague. Dates include:
Aug. 5 Halifax Cunard Centre
Aug. 6 Moncton The Centre at Casino New Brunswick
Aug. 7 Fredericton Capital Exhibit Centre
Their eighth full-length album, Signed and Sealed in Blood includes “Rose Tattoo,” “The Boys Are Back” and their Christmas anthem “The Season’s Upon Us.” This time around, everything has been cranked up past 10. The guitars are ballsier, the gang vocals are louder, the hooks are catchier, the lyrics stop you in your tracks.
“…this one may be their most devil-may-care, mixing hardcore blitz, Pogues instrumentation and Thin Lizzy swing.” – Rolling Stone
“Frontman Al Barr and his raucous gang deploy the usual shots of anthemic punk and Irish-folk jig-and-jangle, with a chaser of traditional instrumentation… Dropkick Murphys have long made it their mission to tap into the raw emotion and rowdy spirit of the blue-collar streets of their hometown. Signed And Sealed In Blood gives that sound some teeth to match.” – A.V. Club
The Dropkicks' music is universal stuff. Songs for the common man, about common things that come together with such fury and infectious melody that everyone within earshot is struck straight.
“…for this long-running Boston band, loving and fighting aren't opposites but rather complementary manifestations of the only thing that matters: passion.” – Los Angeles Times
Dropkick Murphys started in the basement of a barbershop in Quincy, Massachusetts. Over the course of seven studio albums they've sold more than four million records, sold out venues on every continent with a stage and PA and churned out the platinum-selling single, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," which became the soundtrack to the climax of that Martin Scorsese Academy Award-winning film The Departed.
The band’s 2011 concept record, Going Out in Style, boasted not only a fictional narrative co-written by "All Souls" author Michael Patrick MacDonald and guest vocals from Bruce Springsteen, but also debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 with first-week sales exceeding 43,000. They also performed at the Boston Pops' annual 4th of July concert for over 250,000 fans and penning "Tessie," which became the theme song for the first Red Sox World Series win in 86 years in 2004.
TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 17 AT 12 NOON ADT.
Halifax tickets are $45 in advance and $50 day of show (including tax and service charge) and will be available at the Ticket Atlantic box office in the Halifax Metro Centre, at all participating Atlantic Superstores, by phone at 451-1221 (toll free 1-877-451-1221) and www.sonicconcerts.com.
Moncton tickets are $45.15 in advance and $51.28 (including tax and service charge) and will be available at the Casino Gift Shop, by phone at 1-866-943-8849 and www.sonicconcerts.com.
Fredericton tickets are $42.99 in advance and $47.99 day of show (including tax and service charge) and will be available at the etixnow kiosk in the Cedar Tree Cafe and www.sonicconcerts.com.
All shows are general admission, standing room and open to all ages with a licensed area for those 19+. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.