Dropkick Murphys present free livestream concert for St. Paddy’s amid coronavirus

Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys


You will most probably be unable to go out to the bars this year due to the coronavirus decision of closing entertainment places. However, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from home with a virtual show.

On Tuesday night, the American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys will hold a free Livestream show at 7 p.m. fittingly dubbed “Streaming Up From Boston.”

“For the first time in 24 years, we are not playing on St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” Dropkick Murphys said. “The current world situation is the only thing that would ever stop us from doing so. So we came up with an idea we’re going to pull off this Tuesday.”

Watch the Livestream by following the band on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook Live.

The occasion name is, obviously, an interpretation of their hit tune “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” put on the map by Martin Scorsese’s criminal flick “The Departed” (2006).

The rowdy tune joins electric guitar, banjo, accordion and drums to recount to the account of a “mariner peg” privateer scanning for the wooden leg he lost while climbing the topsails.

The verses were propelled by a fragment of paper that band part Ken Casey found while leafing through the files of notable society vocalist Woody Guthrie.

Formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996, Dropkick Murphys released five albums under the indie punk label Hellcat Records.

Since then, they’ve released four more albums under their own label Born & Bred, courtesy of Alternative Distribution Alliance.

The band was set to perform in Boston as part of their “Boston to Berkeley” tour with Rancid, Gerry Cinnamon and Jesse Ahern. That was until Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared a public health emergency last Sunday.

Boston has also canceled its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which typically dyes Boston Harbor a festive green.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan similarly closed all bars, restaurants and movie theaters starting at 5 p.m. Monday in an attempt to curb St. Paddy’s Day crowds.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has banned events of 100 people or more.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has limited restaurants and bars to only carryout orders.

The moves follow warnings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to practice “social distancing” to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“We hope you and your families are doing well during this trying time,” the band said.

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