Photos and Review by Micah Gummel
If you’re looking for a night filled with energetic music, infectious enthusiasm, and a dash of Irish spirit, then Dropkick Murphys at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion is a show you won’t want to miss. As a long-time fan of this iconic Celtic punk band, I was thrilled to witness their performance firsthand and was not disappointed.
The venue itself, as always provides a fantastic setting for the concert especially on a crisp fall night with its open-air layout and stunning views of the surrounding landscape, it created a unique and immersive experience. The stage was well-positioned, ensuring excellent visibility from all angles, while the acoustics were spot-on, allowing every note and lyric to reach the eager ears of the audience.
From the moment the lights dimmed, the atmosphere was electric. The Dropkick Murphys banner dropped abd the band hit the stage with an explosive energy that immediately ignited the crowd’s enthusiasm. Opening with their signature anthem, “The Workers Song,” they set the tone for the rest of the night. The band’s passionate performance and flawless musicianship were evident from the get-go.
One of the standout aspects of the show was the band’s ability to engage with the audience. Lead vocalist Al Barr and bassist Ken Casey were charismatic and interacted with the crowd throughout the entire set. Their banter and humorous anecdotes created a sense of camaraderie, uniting everyone in the venue. The audience eagerly sang along to every song, transforming the pavilion into a massive chorus of voices.
Dropkick Murphys’ setlist was a perfect blend of old favorites and newer tracks, keeping both long-time fans and newcomers on their toes. Songs like “Rose Tattoo,” “The State of Massachusetts,” and “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” were met with thunderous applause and created an electric atmosphere. The band’s tight-knit performance showcased their musical prowess, with each instrument shining through in the mix.
It’s worth mentioning along with several guest sightings the most memorable appearance was by professional wrestler and actor, Mick Foley, who joined the band on stage for their performance of “Shipping Up to Boston.” This unexpected surprise added an extra layer of excitement to an already adrenaline-fueled evening
The only minor drawback was the occasional sound imbalance during some of the faster and more aggressive songs. However, this did not hinder the overall enjoyment of the concert, as the energy and enthusiasm of the band and the crowd overshadowed any technical glitches.
In conclusion, Dropkick Murphys at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion was a phenomenal experience that left me with lasting memories and a renewed appreciation for the band’s unparalleled stage presence and musical talent. If you have the chance to catch them live, do not hesitate. This high-octane Celtic punk extravaganza promises an unforgettable night filled with foot-stomping rhythms, anthemic choruses, and a sense of unity that only Dropkick Murphys can deliver.