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It’s been two years since Dropkick Murphys brought their signature brand of Celtic rock to Austin. Judging by the hordes of fans decked in scally caps, Doc Martens, and kilts lined up around the block of Stubbs and packed in bars nearby before the show. You’d think it had been a decade or more. The band was finally back in town supporting the release of their 2021 album Turn Up That Dial. Other than co-frontman Al Barr bowing out of the tour to help care for his ailing mother. The show went on without skipping a beat.  

The show started with a bang as the band took the stage in full Celtic regalia. Lee Forshner began belting out the classic “Cadence To Arms” on the bagpipes. The moshing kicked off as the band segued into “Do or Die,” followed immediately by “Barroom Hero.” 

By the time Ken started chanting out “The Boys are Back,” the fans were surfing across the crowd while beer cans flew overhead. Later in the set, the band brought out their opening acts to join them on stage. Together they played Ahern’s “Caught in a Jar,” The Rumjacks’ “Worker’s Song” and The Bombpops’ “The Dirty Glass.” 

As the night drew to a close, the Dropkick Murphys then performed their 2013 hit “Rose Tattoo”. Then followed immediately with the well-timed “Kiss Me, I’m Sh*tfaced” because by that time a number of fans were indeed quite sh*tfaced.

Of course, no Dropkick Murphys tour is complete without the Celtic punk anthem “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” The crowd chanted along with the full force of 2,500 drunken Irishmen and women. It was the perfect end to a long-awaited night. 

Dropkick Murphys Tour Setlist

  1. The Lonesome Boatman(The Fureys cover)
  2. The Boys Are Back
  3. Do or Die
  4. Barroom Hero
  5. Blood
  6. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
  7. Turn Up That Dial
  8. Middle Finger
  9. The Warrior’s Code
  10. Caps and Bottles
  11. Boys on the Docks
  12. We Shall Overcome
  13. The State of Massachusetts
  14. Queen of Suffolk County
  15. Curse of a Fallen Soul
  16. Police on My Back(The Equals cover)
  17. Going Out in Style
  18. Caught in a Jar(with Jesse Ahern)
  19. The Body of an American(The Pogues cover) (with Mike Rivkees of the Runjacks)
  20. The Dirty Glass(with Jen Razavi)
  21. Amazing Grace(John Newton cover)
  22. Rose Tattoo
  23. Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced
  24. Worker’s Song
  25. Good as Gold
  26. I’m Shipping Up to Boston

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