So, those who know me will know that the Dropkick Murphys are one of my all time favourite bands and so to see them again is an opportunity I just can’t pass up. But, and this is a large but, this was no ordinary Dropkick Murphys gig for me, oh no! At the forth time of asking I finally managed to GET ON STAGE with them! This was one of those gigs to remember!!
This time the boys were playing over in Liverpool which is somewhere I always love to visit when I get the chance and is where my brother lives (free places to crash, I think so!!). I got to spend a little time wandering around the city before meeting up with Emily, my brothers lovely girlfriend. I really want to do a post on Liverpool as it is such a great city but I hope to be coming back in the next month or so to properly catch up and re-visit some of my favorite spots around the city and will be taking my SLR too!!
As I mentioned I have see the Dropkick Murphys 4 times, and each time they get better and better, you can see more details on the bands I have see (almost 200) on my Music List and I have a post here from when I saw them in Manchester last year. Dropkick Murphys HMV Ritz, Manchester. Jan 2013.
Blood Or Whiskey
The main Act:
The Dropkick Murphys!!
So there I was, right at the front with a great view of one of my favourite bands! Last time around I had managed to get a spot on the rail after they let a load of people on stage during the encore… this got me thinking that maybe this was my night! One of the things I love about these smaller venues is how close you can get. I have been on the rail at big arena gigs and festivals and seriously you are still miles away from the band, but here, you could almost reach over and touch them!
One of the things about Dropkick Murphys is that they are a really down to earth band and I think that is one reason their gigs are always so good. They they are there to put on great show, no gimmicks or props, just putting their all into their music and appreciating their fans. They didn’t disappoint at all either, they came out with a good mixture of classics and newer material as well as some great covers. The atmosphere was crazy too, just absolutely wild, the room was packed full and everyone was jumping around and getting involved. The heat in the place was quite intense too, you could see the walls covered in condensation, but water was being passed around and people were looking out for each other in the true spirit of punk!
And then, I got picked to go up on stage…
Well, I was one of those lucky ones! Shorty asked me the day after if I was nervous about being on stage with them and in front of all those people, but weirdly I wasn’t at all. I just got the tap on my shoulder and was pointed towards the stage and before I knew it I was up without hesitation. I don’t even know how I got over the barrier (which for me is shoulder height), I think I was that eager I did some form of kangaroo hop from barrier straight to stage!!
Once I was up there I think I was in a slight state of shock, I’d turn around and Ken Casey would be stood next to me with his bass, like, “wwwhhhaaaattttt!” He even grabbed my hand to sing the chorus to “Kiss me, I’m shitfaced”, to which I obliged and gave him a peck on the cheek. I went around hi-fiving the band and of course nabbing some guitar picks!! What is cool is there are so many other people on stage too that you don’t feel singled out or scared! Everyone is just jumping around, hugging and singing, it’s one of the single most cool experiences of my life! I mean, who gets to say they have been on stage with their favourite band!?
Dropkick Murphys fans that’s who!!
So, what an absolutely amazing gig and crazy experience too. I will be certain to make sure I get on the barrier again next time I have the privilege to see them live. I have seen some great bands and gigs over the past few years, light shows and fire works etc, and those are mind blowing too, but sometimes it’s the simplest things which make the best gigs. Great music, great people and a great atmosphere! Ken even stuck around once the gig was over to meet and take photos with the people who got on stage.
Scroll down for more photos and a video from the stage as well as the setlist.
Here is a couple of instagram photos I found with me in them!
Here is a video I took whilst onstage too!