Last Saturday night, LA Punk-Rockers Flogging Molly embarked on their "10th and Final Round" as they kicked off their 10th and Final Green 17 tour. A decade old, Molly's Green 17 tour has become a staple in any Celtic-punk fan's road to St. Patrick's Day. And for Boston fans, it was often the kick-off to a month-long celebration. (A "Molly to Murphys" book-ended festival of boot-stomping and booze, if you will.)
While saying goodbye to this decade old tradition doesn't mean saying goodbye to Flogging Molly as a band (after completing the tour, the band will be heading back into the studio to begin a new chapter to be unveiled in 2015), it does mark the end of something truly remarkable, an annual celebration that forged friendships not only between those in the audience, but between a band and their fans. As Flogging Molly lead singer/songwriter Dave King put it, “To everyone who at one time or another has joined us on the Green 17 tour, from the bottom of our collective glass, we say cheers to each and every one of you. It has been ten years of friendship all of us will never forget.”
I've personally had the pleasure to attend previous Green 17 shows, and if history does in fact repeat itself, this final round will definitely be one well worth raising your glass to.
So head out and join Flogging Molly as they bring to Boston the end of an era. The Green 17 Tour hits the House of Blues next Wednesday, February 26. Doors open at 6:30pm and The Drowning Men kick off the festivities at 7:30pm. Tickets are available here; get 'em while you still can!