The Dropkick Murphys 20th anniversary show in Nashville was nothing less than incredible. Rarely do I attend shows in this city where I have to wait in a line that’s an entire block long, and rarely are said lines filled with fans wearing kilts. This show brought out both new fans and loyal fans since the beginning. This tour also had support from Tiger Army and Darkbuster. All of these bands formed in the mid-90’s and have been consistently touring and recording ever since.
Darkbuster started the night strong, blasting into punk rock ballads to get the night going. They also hail from Boston and have been playing shows across the country for almost 20 years as well. This tour celebrates all three of these bands being together for such a long time, something rare in today’s music with musicians that come and go. These guys have stood the test of time and show no sign of slowing down. Not only did their songs get the energy flowing in the crowd, but it also encouraged the crowd to drink and that’s two things good for any show.
Tiger Army followed, a band I’ve really wanted to see for a long time. The band consists of an enthusiastic drummer, a very talented bassist (who plays an upright bass), and a brilliant lead vocalist and guitarist. They have also been together since 1996; however, they come from the opposite coast, hailing from LA. Tiger Army was not only a great introduction to Dropkick Murphys set, but was great to see on their own. Definitely worth going to see at some point in your life, I can pretty much guarantee they’ll be around for many years to come.
I have wanted to see Dropkick Murphys for nearly ten years. Being able to cover not only one of their shows, but the 20th anniversary was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I met people in the crowd that came with their significant others and had never heard of them, I met people that had seen them three times, and I met people that drove many hours just for this. Their set began with a movie montage of the last twenty years of the band being together as well as the interests that have influenced them. It was a video in which you could see these men not only grow older, but grow closer together. That’s what music is about, the connection found among friends doing something you love. The set included songs from every Dropkick Murphys era and therefore included fans that had been around since he beginning and fans that decided to come to the show yesterday. A Dropkick Murphys show is a show where pride of heritage is such a big part of it and myself being of Scotch-Irish descent could not have felt more welcome and included. If you’re still on the fence about going to one of the shows left on the tour that is not sold out, get off the fence and buy a ticket, you will not regret it. These guys are great people, great performers, and it was definitely a night for the books.
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