The Boston to Berkley tour made it’s second to last stop in Downtown Las Vegas with The Selecter, Rancid and the Dropkick Murphys.
The Boston to Berkley tour is kicking off a busy fight weekend in Las Vegas. This show has been heavily advertised and is much anticipated. The Selecter, Rancid, and The Dropkick Murphys are all set to take the stage to entertain this crowd.
The Selecter is up first, this ska band from England has quite a following. Clad in suits in the hot Vegas night they get the crowd singing along before closing their set with “Too Much Pressure/Pressure Drop.” Their energy is infectious with the dual vocals and the heavy horns and the crowd is primed for the rest of the night.
Rancid is up next and from the very moment they hit the stage you know this punk band is going to bring it. Almost immediately Tim Armstrong is in the crowd and when he is not he is dragging his microphone around the stage. Along with Armstrong sharing lead vocals is Lars Frederiksen. While Frederiksen is less animated the energy is no less pure punk, he is singing while Armstrong is in the crowd and Branden Steineckert is standing on his drum kit. There are drinks and bodies flying as members of the crowd surf to the stage.
With a lengthy catalog Rancid has a lot of songs to choose from. Second song of the set is a crowd favorite with “Roots Radicals,” and it just keeps going from there with “Nihlism,” “Dead Bodies,” and “Fall Back Down.” The set incorporates the classics along with tracks from their new release Trouble Maker with the finale being “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho.” After throwing the pics, drumsticks and set-lists into the crowd they leave the stage and the audience is ready for the main event.
The Dropkick Murphys take the stage and launch right into “The State of Massachusetts.” Al Barr not to be outdone is in the crowd almost immediately while Ken Casey and Jeff DeRosa run around the stage raising their arms in the air pumping the crowd up. The set continues to build with songs like “The Boys are Back,” “Rose Tattoo” and “Blood” getting amazing crowd reactions.
There is not a moment when the band slows down and neither does the crowd. The end of the set there are dozens of fans on stage for “I’m Shipping up to Boston” complete with massive amounts of confetti, and when the crowd thinks the night couldn’t get better it does with a joint encore with Rancid and The Dropkick Murphys performing punk classics like “If the Kids are United” by Sham 69, The Ramones “I Wanna be Sedated,” “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash and “I Fought the Law” by The Crickets. This is a totally unique ending to an amazing energy filled show that leaves the crowd stunned at what they just saw. This was one of the best shows to come through Las Vegas in a long time and it clearly shows these punk bands still have a lot to deliver to a very large fan base.
Event Date: 25-Aug-2017