Dropkick Murphys 'Going Out In Style' + 2011 Boston St Patrick's Day shows, tour

Dropkick Murphys' new album 'Going Out In Style' due March 1

Dropkick Murphys - Going Out In Style

Dropkick Murphys will release their seventh full-length studio album, Going Out In Style, March 1, 2011 on their own Born & Bred Records (ILG).

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Produced by Ted Hutt, Going Out In Style features the group's signature blend of punk rock energy, folk soul, Irish spirit and American rock 'n roll on tracks like "Memorial Day" (streaming now at RollingStone.com), "Going Out In Style," "The Hardest Mile," "Cruel," "Climbing A Chair To Bed," and a rousing rendition of "Peg O' My Heart" with guest vocals by Bruce Springsteen.

On Going Out In Style, Dropkick Murphys throw a 45 minute, 49 second party to end all parties, all the while reveling in the Irish tradition of telling tales of triumph, tragedy and celebration through music.

The band revives the art of the album as a cohesive whole on this raucous and rollicking romp overflowing with punk rock energy, folk soul, and rebellious spirit.

Dropkick Murphys deliver one anthem after another. "Hang 'Em High" ignites the album with a gang chant into a unforgettable bagpipe laden riff, driving guitars and big drums. Nodding to AC/DC while infusing flourishes of Celtic soul, "Hang 'Em High" is the ultimate battle cry.

Then there's "Take 'Em Down," which continues to display the band's social consciousness and their unwavering support for organized labor. On songs such as "Broken Hymns" and "Cruel" the band explores new territory, incorporating a myriad of sounds and textures with arena-ready drum beats, diverse instrumentation and epic refrains.

Fans will get a taste of the new music before it's released when Dropkick Murphys - Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Al Barr (lead vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, whistle, vocals), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals) and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes) - hit the road February 23, 2011 for their annual St. Patrick's Day U.S. tour.

The trek, featuring Against Me! as support on most dates, will wind up in Boston for the band's run of St. Patty's Day week hometown gigs.

Also look for the Murphys to tour Europe in April and August, with additional U.S. dates planned for May and June.

Going Out In Style continues in the great storytelling tradition. Through song, story or play, the music often inspires the author - as in James Joyce's final work Finnegan's Wake, based on an 1850s music hall ballad of the same name - and sometimes the story inspires the song.

These songs take the band's own personal experiences and family folklore and roll them into the story of one fictional character, Cornelius Larkin. Fueled by fiery riffs and unforgettable choruses, Going Out In Style traces the journey of Larkin, whether it's the Irish immigrant's first person account of his own wake or the band's in depth interpretation of his life and lineage throughout the album's lyrics.

Casey reveals, "Cornelius has passed on to the other side, and the album becomes a retrospective of his life. He's one of those guys who immigrated to America at 16, got drafted into the Korean War, married young, had lots of kids, worked hard, and lived a full life rife with different characters, ups and downs, and trials and tribulations. Some of the stories are fictional, but most are odes to our grandparents, friends, and loved ones."

The album's title track gave birth to Cornelius. It's a rousing celebratory anthem complete with guest vocals by NOFX's Fat Mike, The Living End's Chris Cheney and Rescue Me mainstay, actor/comedian Lenny Clarke.

"Going Out In Style" roars with a gang-style refrain and simultaneously heartfelt and hilarious lyrics. "We all have this romantic idea that our death will be like an international day of mourning, but that's not going to happen," chuckles Barr. "The song has two sides. There's a serious side recounting this Larkin's life, and then there are all of these fun parts about various women and characters."

For Going Out In Style, Dropkick Murphys even enlisted the vocal talents of the legendary Bruce Springsteen - whom they first met at a DKM gig in New York and later collaborated with onstage at one of Springsteen's Boston shows.

Springsteen swaps verses with Casey for a spirited take on the old standard "Peg O' My Heart."

"It has a classic old fifties rock and roll feel," says Casey. "Both of my grandmothers are named Peg. One grandmother, Peg Casey, is always saying, 'When are you going to do that song? Your grandfather always sang it to me!' The time signature changed, so hopefully they still appreciate it when they hear it."

The collaboration is a perfect intergenerational bridge for fans and band alike. Dropkick Murphys have always strongly resonated with audiences young and old due to their working class ethos and cathartic sonic revelry. "It links two generations," says Casey. "We're spanning a lot of years of music here, yet our songs share similar themes, stories, and values."

Another song that ties together the story of Cornelius and resonates with a larger audience is the powerful and poignant first single, "Memorial Day." Barr says, "It's a song that honors our grandparents' generation as well as Cornelius himself. There was something amazing about that time. They struggled through all kinds of adversity, and it's inspiring."

The tale of Cornelius doesn't end with Going Out In Style. In order to round the story out, the band called on their friend, best-selling author Michael Patrick MacDonald (All Souls, Easter Rising). MacDonald wrote an eloquent obituary for Cornelius Larkin in the album's liner notes, along with the beginnings of a more extensive narrative about the album’s main character for listeners to delve into. MacDonald became immensely engrossed in the character's development, particularly as Cornelius began to take on elements of MacDonald's own family history. At that point, the story grew into a much longer saga that will be available on the band's website in conjunction with the album release - and the story could evolve into a book sometime in 2011.

"Collaborating with the Dropkick Murphys is, for me, a family affair," says MacDonald. "Cornelius Larkin represents all that we come from. And this story is about embracing the good, the bad, the ugly and beautiful that we all come from; ultimately learning to work with ALL of it. Past is truly prelude…"

Casey elaborates, "I wrote an outline which began leading to songs. At the same time, I wanted the obituary to have that author's flair, a little more description, a more detailed narrative, and a deeper story. Michael listened to the songs we’d written, and he fleshed out the story and really put a name and a face on the character. It's a new approach and a unique partnership, especially in this day and age. The songs inspire the story, and the story inspires the songs. It’s a deep record, and it celebrates a life."

Going Out In Style signals the beginning of another chapter in Dropkick Murphys' own story. Barr explains, "I hope fans can listen to Going Out In Style with the same excitement we have. It's all about family and friends for us. No bullshit…we don't like to convolute things. That translates to the music, and the fans appreciate it. It's a beautiful thing, and I can't wait to introduce Cornelius Larkin to the world."

The full track listing for Going Out In Style is as follows:

Hang 'Em High
Going Out In Style
The Hardest Mile
Memorial Day
Climbing A Chair To Bed
Broken Hymns
Deeds Not Words
Take 'Em Down
Sunday Hardcore Matinee
Peg O' My Heart
The Irish Rover

Catch Dropkick Murphys on tour in the following cities.

2011 tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change. Go to The Dropkick Murphys' Official Website for the latest tour dates and information.)

Date City Venue

February 2011

With Against Me!:
Wednesday, February 23 Niagara Falls, NY The Rapids Theatre
Thursday, February 24 Detroit, MI The Fillmore

Only DKM on this show:
Friday, February 25 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center (Admirals Hockey Game)

With Naked Raygun:
Saturday, February 26 Chicago, IL Congress Theater

With Against Me!:
Sunday, February 27 Chicago, IL Congress Theater
March 2011
Tuesday, March 1 Denver, CO The Fillmore
Wednesday, March 2 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
Thursday, March 3 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Friday, March 4 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
Saturday, March 5 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Sunday, March 6 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Tuesday, March 8 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Wednesday, March 9 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Thursday, March 10 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
Friday, March 11 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom

Festival Show (no Against Me!):
Saturday, March 12 Washington, DC Shamrock Fest at RFK Stadium

With Against Me!:
Sunday, March 13 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Wednesday, March 16 Boston, MA House Of Blues
Thursday, March 17 Boston, MA House Of Blues
Friday, March 18 Boston, MA House Of Blues
Saturday, March 19 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena

April 2011

European Shows:

Friday, April 15 Strasbourg, France Artefact Festival
Saturday, April 16 Bielefeld, Germany Ringlokschuppen
Sunday, April 17 Lund, Sweden Färs & Frosta Sparbank Arena
Monday, April 18 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
Tuesday, April 19 Stockholm, Sweden Arenan
Thursday, April 21 Erfurt, Germany Thuringen Hall
Friday, April 22 Zurich, Switzerland Give It A Name Festival
Saturday, April 23 Meerhout, Belgium Groezrock
Sunday, April 24 Schjindel, The Netherlands Paaspop
Monday, April 25 München, Germany Zenith
Tuesday, April 26 Milan, Italy Loud And Proud Festival at Alcatraz
Thursday, April 28 Barcelona, Spain Sala Razzmatazz 1
Friday, April 29 Madrid, Spain Sala Riviera
Saturday, April 30 Bilbao, Spain Sala Rockstar

August 2011

Friday, August 12 Püttlingen, Germany Rocco Del Schlacko
Saturday, August 13 Eschwege, Germany Open Flair
Sunday, August 14 Rothenburg, Germany Taubertal
Saturday, August 20 Lüdinghausen, Germany Area 4
Sunday, August 21 Großpösna, Germany Highfield

Buy CDs, MP3s, more:

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