Dropkick Murphys kick off fight weekend in Las Vegas with a concert that highlights the best of what they do.  

After finishing their co-headlining tour with Flogging Molly, the Dropkick Murphys decided to play one more show to start the big UFC fight weekend in Las Vegas.  They say this is their last show of the year, and if that is the case, they are going out with a bang.  The entrance music plays and the curtain drops to reveal the band.  The first notes of “The State of Massachusetts” are played and singers Al Barr and Ken Casey take the stage.  Immediately something is different, Casey is just singing for this show and not playing the guitar.  While this is different then what is expected it is a welcome change because it allows both singers to get right in the crowd and this is something they do immediately.  Both take turns on the stage bump out and are in the face of the front rows of the crowd.  When they aren’t right there it is another member of the band in their place which really helps create excitement through the venue.  

The Dropkick Murphys have an infectious fun feeling to all their shows and this one is no different.  The multiple members are all over the stage, they are on the risers, in the crowd and just running around the stage at a frantic pace.  Along with this there are too many instruments to count.  Of course there are the traditional drums and guitars, but there are also accordions, bagpipes, banjos, tin whistles, pianos and more most cannot name and most of the members switch off with the different instruments.  This is what gives this band their unique sound and it also provides an interesting and exciting visual.

They play through their catalog with songs like “Famous for Nothing,” “Rose Tattoo,” and “The Warriors Code.”  They play “Tessie” since it is the playoffs as Casey explained with the Red Sox beating the Yankees in game one.  Along with the their catalog they mix in some covers.  The first is two traditional Irish songs in honor of the Irish fans in attendance for the Connor McGregor fight.  Later in the evening they play covers from Johnny Cash and The Pogues with “Folsom Prison Blues” and “The Body of an American” respectively.

It is now time for the encore and no one does an encore quite like the Dropkick Murphys.  They begin with “I’m Shipping up to Boston,” after this is when the excitement really begins.  Dozens of women from the crowd are brought onto the stage for “Kiss Me I’m Sh*tfaced,” when that song is complete the men in the crowd join them on the stage for “Skinhead on the MBTA,” and a cover of AC/DC “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep” everyone is singing along and it is total controlled chaos on the stage.  The excitement of the entire show coming to it’s peak at this moment.  

After that with two hours solid of music the show is over.  This was an amazing set that delivered exactly what the crowd wanted.  Not only was it the perfect way to start fight weekend, but it left the crowd excited for next year when the Dropkick Murphys return.

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Event Date: 05-OCT-2018

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