Last night the RVA was treated to a bit of an early St Paddy’s day as Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphy’s rocked the crowd at the National Theater. From the opening of their set which was lead in by a moving Celtic spiritual song, the Quincy, Massachusetts natives played hits from throughout their career and albums. They had the crowd bouncing and singing along with every song, keeping the good time vibe going all night. Longtime fans of the “Murphy’s” as well as fans just getting to know their songs would have enjoyed the mix of classic songs such as “Shipping up to Boston” and new songs off the band’s latest album “Signed and Sealed in Blood”. The energetic as ever Al Barr lead the crowd with his stage presence as did co-lead singer and bassist Ken Casey, as both showed what real rockers can do at a live show to get the crowd going. The band had the sellout crowd at the National Theater in the palm of their hands all evening and rewarded them by having the ladies in the audience join them onstage for their song “End of the Night” then having most of the crowd join them for the last few songs for an old fashion jam session with one of their opening acts Barroom Heroes. Their opening acts were the aforementioned Barroom Heroes and The Swinging Utters, both of whom rocked the crowd and were well received as they warmed the crowd up before the main event of the Dropkick lads. With nearly endless chants of “Let’s Go Murphy’s” the concert was often akin to a sporting event such as the bands favorite Boston Celtics would be used to hearing. Over all this was a great show and as many were heard saying the RVA will want and will welcome back Dropkick Murphy’s anytime.
August 19, 2013