I did go out to a concert on Saturday night. The Dropkick Murphys were playing at The Anthem on the District Wharf. I met up with a friend and we staked out space on the third floor, which proved to be a good idea for a number of reasons. Let’s just say that: a) we are too old for mosh pits and b) the first floor was way too crowded. Alas, I think I am also too old for general admission standing tickets (which is all that had been available when we bought them) and my feet were killing me by the end.
Anyway, there were two opening acts. Opening acts should, ideally, have a close connection to the main feature. One could argue for Bim Skala Bim as having Boston as a tie, though their style is rather different. I thought they were okay. The second opening act, however, was Agnostic Front, who are hardcore punk from New York and let out a vibe of screaming teenage bullies shouting at a playground fight. I couldn’t wait for them to get off the stage.
Fortunately, the Dropkick Murphys put on a great show. I won’t remember every song they did. They included The Boys Are Back, I’m Shipping Up to Boston, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya, Blood, and Rose Tattoo. As a Red Sox fan, I was hoping for Tessie, but alas, no. I was also amused when, for a cover number, they gave the audience a choice of Johnny Cash or The Clash. Johnny Cash won and they did Folsom Prison Blues. I realize that Celtic punk is not everybody’s glass of Guiness, but this was a good change of pace from the more sedate concerts I more typically go to.
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