I've been lucky enough to share quite a few trips with these fellows, both in the US and Europe. For St. Patrick's Day 2016, they weren't just celebrating Irish heritage for another wild weekend... this one was special.
They were celebrating 20 years as a band. And what a 20 years it's been!
There are no shows out there like Dropkicks shows. Knowing that they've been putting on these shows for twenty years--getting right in the crowd's face, bringing fans on stage, taking over a whole arena with a wall of noise and energy...that's something inspiring. I don't know that a lot of today's music will have the same meaning and power twenty years from now. It doesn't really seem like it will. So there's something to be admired about these Boston lads home for St. Patrick's day and making the same magic happen all over again.
And just a final note... there are no fans like Dropkicks fans. They've had some along for the whole ride, and others who are obviously started young. They're wild crowds, but when you look out over an arena you don't see a wall of phones. You see people 100% present with the music, the band, and each other.
So here's to 20 years, folks.