While the big day is still close to a week away, The Paramount in Huntington was chock full of Irish pride when the Murphys came to town on Tuesday evening.
The band wasted little time during their 90-minute, 20-plus song set, opting to let the music do the talking rather than explaining why they decided to play at the same venue three times in less than two years.
Long Island didn't need to miss the Dropkick Murphys much, as they performed at The Paramount in June of last year, less than 12 months after their first concert at the venue.
Despite having rocked at The Paramount with startling frequency over the years, Long Island punkers rocked out this week as if they had never before seen the band in action.
Over 1,500 patrons turned out for a raucous night that, for many, began with several pints of the "Black Stuff."
Once the beer was flowing, the evening kicked off with exciting performances from openers Lucero and Skinny Lister. The fans in attendance were respectful to the opening bands, but it was clear the majority of the crowd had come just for the Murphys.
A huge chant of "Let's Go Murphys! Let's Go Murphys!" emerged as soon as it was clear the headlining act was minutes away from hitting the stage, and that energy never died until the show was over.
After opening with "The Boys Are Back," from 2013's iconic Signed and Sealed in Blood album, the band shredded through an eclectic mix of punky older material and some newer tunes such as "Rose Tattoo."
The middle of the set drew heavily from 2003's classic record, Blackout, as they ripped through sing-a-long gems like "Worker's Song" and "Fields of Athenry," before delivering foot-stomping hits such as "Kiss Me, I'm Sh*tfaced."
For those who missed the Dropkick Murphys on Long Island this past week, the band will be playing plenty more gigs along the East Coast in the weeks ahead.