Dropkick Murphys Want Your ‘Blood,’ Announce New Album + 2017 U.S. Tour
Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys want your “Blood”! The boys have released the new track along with details for their ninth studio album and a 2017 U.S. tour!
Dropkick Murphys aren’t wasting any time in 2017, as 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory will see a Jan. 6 release. Though the Murphys make their home in Boston, the band ventured to El Paso, Texas to record 11 Short Stories. "To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go - and then went - to Texas. Because we've never left home to make a record," says bassist and founder Ken Casey. "As everyone's lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it's gotten harder to buckle down at home. We decided to leave Boston, go down to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room."
The record has been influenced by a myriad of issues — from the band’s charity work with The Claddagh Fund, to America’s opiate epidemic and the Boston Marathon Bombing. "Since that day, we felt like not taking the challenge to write a song about what we all went through would be taking the coward's way out," Casey reflects on the bombing. "We put more importance on writing that piece of music than anything we've ever done, because if you're going to touch that day, it has to be done right. We went through so many emotions with that whole experience, as did everyone in Boston. It changed the city forever."
You can check out Dropkick Murphys’ new lyric video for “Blood” above!
Dropkick will hit the road with The Interrupters and Blood or Whisky this February to embark on a month-long string of dates. Check out the announced gigs below!
Dropkick Murphys 2017 U.S. Tour Dates:
2/21 - Bethlehem, Pa. - Sands Bethlehem Event Center *+
2/22 - Columbus, Ohio - Express Live! *+
2/24 - Clive, Iowa - 7 Flags Event Center *+
2/25 - Hinckley, Minn. - The Grand Minnesota Taste Together *
2/26 - Sioux Falls, S.D. - The District *+
2/28 - Kansas City, Mo. - Uptown Theater *+
3/01 - Tulsa, Okla. - Cain's Ballroom *+
3/02 - Little Rock, Ark. - Metroplex Live *+
3/03 - Robinsonville, Miss. - Horseshoe Tunica - Bluesville *+
3/04 - Birmingham, Ala. - Iron City *+
3/06 - St. Petersburg, Fla. - Janus Live *
3/07 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Revolution Live *
3/08 - Lake Buena Vista, Fla. - House of Blues *
3/10 - Myrtle Beach, S.C. - House of Blues *+
3/11 - Washington, D.C. - Shamrockfest Dropkick Murphys ONLY
3/12 - Huntington, N.Y. - The Paramount *+
3/15 - Boston, Mass. - TBA
3/16 - Boston, Mass. - TBA
3/17 - Boston, Mass. - TBA
3/18 - Boston, Mass. - Agganis Arena
3/18 - Boston, Mass. - After Party @ House Of Blues with Pro Boxing
3/19 - Boston, Mass. - TBA
* w/ Blood or Whiskey
+ w/ The Interrupters
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