Dropkick Murphys James Lynch Interview

Ian O. Fordyce caught up with James Lynch to talk about what is going on in the world of the Dropkick Murphys.

DROPKICK MURPHYS have captured the intensity and camaraderie of their annual Boston hometown St. Patrick’s Day shows on LIVE ON LANSDOWNE, BOSTON MA, a CD and DVD set for release March 16, 2010 via the group’s own Born & Bred Records (ILG).  LIVE ON LANSDOWNE features 20 fan favorites and was recorded at seven Boston shows in March 2009.  It will be available in various formats: CD, double disc digipack with CD and HD DVD, as well as a double gatefold vinyl with bonus CD insert.

LIVE ON LANSDOWNE marks the critically-acclaimed group’s second live release recorded during their annual string of St. Patrick’s Day week gigs, following 2002’s Live On St. Patrick’s Day From Boston MA, which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.  LIVE ON LANSDOWNE features an entirely different track listing from the previous release and a guest appearance by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on DKM’s platinum-selling single “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.”

This March, the MURPHYS–known for their complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock ‘n roll–return to Boston’s House Of Blues for six always sold-out gigs St. Patrick’s Day week (March 12-17).  Each year, the band–who’ve released 10 full-length CDs and sold over 3 million copies worldwide–break house records when these shows go on sale.  The St. Patrick’s Day shows are the peak of DROPKICK MURPHYS’ touring calendar, and fans travel to Boston from around the world for a chance to become part of this unique experience.  A very limited number of tickets are still available for the March 15 and 16 shows.

Leading up to the Boston gigs, DROPKICK MURPHYS–Ken Casey (vocals, bass guitar), Al Barr (vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, backing vocals), James Lynch (guitar, backing vocals), Tim Brennan (guitar, accordion, piano, backing vocals), JEFF DaROSA (mandolin, accordion, banjo, bouzouki, tin whistle, acoustic guitar) and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes)–will tour Europe from January 22 through February 4 and kick off U.S. dates February 23 in Norfolk, VA.  The group will return to the U.K. and Ireland for headlining shows from April 12-22.  Support acts for the U.S. tour dates will be announced soon.

In other news, DROPKICK MURPHYS continue their tradition of supporting Boston sports teams.  On New Year’s Day, the band performed their hit, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” before the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghYrYXvy2wY). This year, the annual outdoor hockey game and pre-game performances–nationally televised on NBC–were held at Boston’s Fenway Park.

“We try to choose our sports stuff wisely because we have an undefeated record any time we’ve ever played at a game,” singer/bassist Ken Casey told AOL’s Spinner.com (12/29/09).  In fact, every time the band plays at a game, the home team emerges victorious.  So far, DKM has performed at four Bruins games, six Red Sox games and a Glasgow Celtic soccer game.

CASEY also drew on his love of hockey to organize a recent event benefiting his new charity The Claddagh Fund.  The Claddagh Fund “Skate in the Park,” was held December 19, 2009 on the ice at Fenway Park and was followed by a reception at the House of Blues.  The event raised over $50,000 for the fund.  CASEY established The Claddagh Fund to support non-profits that champion the causes of children, veterans and those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.  The organization is committed to the three attributes symbolized in the Claddagh ring: friendship, love and loyalty.

“There’s something about kind of being able to take matters into your own hands as opposed to always doing something for someone else’s charity,” CASEY told Spinner.com. “It’s a great way to maximize our fund raising capabilities with the band…we could really turn it into a legion of people doing stuff to raise money.”

The full track Listing for Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA is as follows:

  1. Famous For Nothing
  2. The State Of Massachusetts
  3. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
  4. Time To Go
  5. Sunshine Highway
  6. Flannigan’s Ball
  7. Bastards On Parade
  8. God Willing
  9. Caught In A Jar
  10. Captain Kelly’s Kitchen
  11. Citizen C.I.A.
  12. Fields Of Athenry
  13. Your Spirit’s Alive
  14. The Warrior’s Code
  15. The Dirty Glass
  16. Tessie
  17. Forever 2009
  18. Worker’s Song
  19. Kiss Me, I’m Sh*tfaced
  20. I’m Shipping Up To Boston (featuring The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

Catch DROPKICK MURPHYS on tour in the following cities:

Date City Venue

3/1                   Dallas, TX                               House of Blues

3/2                   Houston, TX                            Warehouse Live

3/3                   Austin, TX                                Stubb’s

3/5                   Tampa, FL                               The Ritz

3/6                   Ft. Lauderdale, FL                   Revolution Live

3/7                   Orlando, FL                             House of Blues

3/8                   Charlotte, NC                          The Fillmore

3/9                   Washington, DC                      9.30 Club

3/10                 Wallingford, CT                       The Dome at Oakdale Theatre

3/12                 Boston, MA                              House of Blues

3/13                 Boston, MA                              House of Blues

3/14                 Boston, MA                              House of Blues

3/15                 Boston, MA                              House of Blues

3/16                 Boston, MA                              House of Blues

3/17                 Boston, MA                              House of Blues

4/12                 Glasgow, Scotland                  Barrowland

4/13                 Newcastle, UK                        O2 Academy

4/14                 Leeds, UK                               O2 Academy

4/15                 Manchester, UK                      Manchester Academy

4/16                 Birmingham, UK                      O2 Academy

4/17                 Nottingham, UK                       Rock City

4/18                 Brixton, UK                              O2 Academy

4/20                 Belfast, Northern Ireland         St. George’s Market

4/21                 Cork, Ireland                            Savoy Theatre

4/22                 Dublin, Ireland                         Olympia Theatre



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