JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

February 28, 2014
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Damian J. Cousins
Photos by Vernon L. Gowdy, III

Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys Shipping Down To Dallas

Last week I was fortunate enough to catch Dropkick Murphys live, for the first time, at House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. The place was packed of course, with anyone and everyone who was even 1/16 Irish wearing it either emblazoned on their chests or on their backwards ball caps. The other MUST-HAVE accessory was the newsboy cap combined with badly cultivated facial hair. By the time the DM boys took the stage it was safe to say sobriety had gone out the window, judging by the raucous crowd.

The members of the band seemed to be everywhere at once, running, jumping, and moving from mic to mic at the drop of a hat. Opener "The Boys Are Back" had the place in a full-on frenzy, as did others like "Never Forget," "Deeds Not Words" and "The Warrior's Code," which is also a personal favorite. The band was clearly in the zone and all these years later it looked like they were still having the time of their lives up there. I've said before that a new Dropkick Murphys album is a lot like a visit from an old friend you haven't seen in a while. Getting to spend a night rocking out with that friend was even better.

This Dallas crowd happily lapped up song after song, the mood was downright electric, and everyone was all hugs and high fives (probably due to all the beer, but still!). I wound up hanging out in a spot in the back of the venue as much for people watching as taking in the action onstage. "Fields of Athenry" and "Rose Tattoo" definitely raised the audience volume in the place, and of course "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" towards the end of the night sent just about everyone, me included, over the edge. I don't care if it's played over and over at sporting events and what have you. When that fucker starts up, my heart starts to pound, my heart races, and I just wanna get into something crazy!

All told, my first Dropkick Murphys experience was a great one. Now my next goal is to actually see them IN Boston on St. Patrick's Day. A couple of people I met from that area told me that is one show not to be missed, so you best believe I'm gonna make that happen. I strongly urge you to catch the boys when they come through your town, you'll love it!