Dropkick Murphys Perform to Sold Out Crowd

By:  Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal

Punk band Dropkick Murphys kicked off their annual St Patricks Day Tour in mid-February and made a stop in Wichita, Kansas on February 23, 2019.  The Saturday night show at The Cotillion was a sold out event.  Joining Dropkick Murphys were British Oi! band Booze & Glory, fellow Massachusetts Punk artist Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One and Texas musician Amigo The Devil.

Dropkick Murphys Performing at The Cotillion in Wichita, KS – Photos Courtesy Easton Thompson

Fans packed The Cotillion in Wichita to see Dropkick Murphys perform a set that featured songs spanning their more than two decade career.  Known for their hardcore street punk sound and Irish influence, Dropkick Murphys are a crowd favorite and punk fans turn out in droves when they roll into town.  Early in the set, they performed their popular song “The Boys Are Back” from the 2013 album Signed and Sealed in Blood.  Throughout the performance, they also performed “Don’t Tear Us Apart”, “Out of Our Heads”, “Rose Tattoo” and “End of the Night” from the Signed and Sealed in Blood album.

Fans jumped in and sang along to their rendition of the popular traditional Irish tune “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya”, which was written by Joseph B Geoghegan and first published in London in 1867.  Today they song resonates strong in Ireland and among Irish communities throughout the world as an anti-war song. 

Dropkick Murphys Performing at The Cotillion in Wichita, KS – Photos Courtesy Easton Thompson

The raucous crowd continued to sing along as the band performed “The Gang’s All Here” from the 1999 album of the same name.  The Gang’s All Here, Dropkick Murphys second studio album, served as a means of introducing the band to a larger audience and earned the band their first mainstream exposure when the single “10 Years of Service” was played on MTV.  The band performed other songs from The Gang’s All Here, including “Curse of the Fallen Soul” and “The Fighting 69th”.

Several songs from the band’s 2017 release 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory were also included in the setlist, including “Blood”, “Sandlot” and “Paying My Way”.  Other songs performed included “Time to Go” from the 2003 album Blackout, “The State of Massachusetts” from the 2003 album Sing Loud, Sing Proud!, along with “The Walking Dead” and “I’m Shipping Up to Boston”, both from the 2005 album The Warrior’s Code.

Dropkick Murphys Performing at The Cotillion in Wichita, KS – Photos Courtesy Easton Thompson

Dropkick Murphys always draws a good crowd in the Midwestern states.  Their working class attitude and every man lyrics resounds with the people in this region of the country.  Add to the mix their hardcore street punk sound and energetic live performance, and fans can’t resist the appeal of Dropkick Murphys.

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