Dropkick Murphys – Live at George Street Festival, Aug 1, 2011, St. John’s Canada

Dropkick Murphys

Live at George Street Festival

Aug 1st, 2011

St. John’s, NL, Canada

Review and Live Photos by Celtic Bob

On the 5th Day of the infamous George Street Festival Quincy, MA’s  own Dropkick Murphy’s SOLD OUT the street. Yes you read that correct. They SOLD OUT the entire street, days in advance. They were the only band to do so for the entire 2011 Festival.

The relatively small outdoor stage in the middle of the street was the setting for what was about to be one fun filled, high energy show. Shortly after the scheduled start time the Dropkick Murphys took to the stage and the entire street was pumped and never let up for the entire performance and continued on until long after the band left the stage at precisely 11pm (Local bylaw noise level time).

As the intro music played, the crowd screamed, jumped and raised hands in the air. Security lined the barrier in anticipation of what may happen with the already rambunctious crowd.. This was going to be fun! The band hits the stage full on and the ride begins. Opening with “Hang ‘Em High” really got the crowd going and it wasn’t long into the set before singer Al Barr jumped off the stage and went to the barrier to get up closer to the fans. He did this a couple of times during the first 3 songs.

Original member,  Ken Casey commented that there was over 4,000 people on the street and it took them (DM) 15 years to get here to Newfoundland but it won’t take 15 to come back. Let’s just hope he is true to his word. He also mentioned that a member of the group was not there this evening due to a passing in his family and a local musician was helping out from side stage. Very cool indeed.

They rocked their way through the set playing almost all the favorites before the insanely early noise law curfew kicked in, even getting time to do a bit of AC/DC towards the end. The only song I cannot recall hearing was “{F)lannigan’s Ball”. They ended their set with “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced” (If memory serves correct as by this time I too was enjoying a few beverages on the outside deck of a club with friends watching the show on one of the large screens) which was quite appropriate for the occasion and setting as George Street is a small cobblestone street lined only with bars and pubs.

An excellent, high energy show that will not be forgotten. The Dropkick Murphys left a lasting impression here on The Rock. Their style of music fits in well with our culture. Let us hope they come back soon.



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