Suicidal Tendencies at House of Blues Boston – 9/8/18

▣House of Blues | Boston, MA                               ▣Friday, September 8th 2018

The Godfathers of Punk Skate Music, thrash metal band Suicidal Tendencies, took over Boston last week for two special events. Their newest clothing collaboration with Converse, and the release of their newest album, ‘Still Cyco After All These Years’, making this the thirteen studio album for the Venice Beach Legends. This year, marks the 35th anniversary of their self titled release. In honor of the album, the band set out to play all of the ‘Still Cyco After All These Years’ album, which includes all the music from their self-titled debut. Along with a few other favorites, they performed in Boston for an unforgettable night of thrash hardcore metal music.

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Getting into the city proved to be a challenge – the Red Sox were playing! And if you are from Boston, you know we love our boys in white and red…unless they happen to be playing on a night you are trying to get to a venue in Fenway. I drove around like a mad man for a while trying to find parking. Fifty dollars for parking?!?! I’ll keep driving. Finally, I found a parking lot…twelve blocks away.

Getting inside was a breeze, as always. The House of Blues Boston proves, yet again, to be my favorite venue. I walked in as Sick of It All was on stage entertaining their fans. They had the crowd turned up! The mosh pit looked strong, and you could definitely feel the energy. I’ve never really listened nor have seen these guys before, but I did like what I was hearing. Definitely worth another listen.

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When the Suicidal Tendencies‘ banner came down, their fans immediately reacted with excitement. Now, a Suicidal is the kind of guy that by the looks of him, you wouldn’t want to be walking on the same side of the sidewalk at night. Bandanna low, past their eyes, wife beaters, Dickies pants, and boots or chucks. But fear not, if given a chance, they would take the shirt of their back in a heart beat for you. The kind of person that looks hard on the outside, but is really a softy. And let me make this clear, what I mean by soft, is that they have a big heart, and always wear it on their sleeve – my kind of people.

Growing up in the eighties, I was heavily influenced by skating and metal music. I of course knew who Suicidal Tendencies were. I remember their videos played regularly during the early MTV years. The good ol’ days, when all they played was music videos, day and night, with the occasional show like Head Bangers Ball – a show Suicidal Tendencies appeared on frequently. But tonight, it would be my first time seeing them live and I was feeling excited.

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When the band made their entrance, on the stage, you immediately felt the energy. Mike Muir led the crowd from the start, through their gut wrenching set list that seemed to go on forever. Tonight wasn’t just about music – we had entered the church of Mike Muir! In between songs, Muir shared stories from his past, and preached about ‘Never give up, no matter what!’ Staying true to yourself, and never letting anything or anyone get in the way from achieving your dreams‘. Muir spoke, and the crowd listened. He was inspirational.

At one point, I found myself in the pit. I received surprised looks from the people in there – what is this guy doing in here with a camera? But, I needed to be in there, I needed to feel the music, to get involved and suicidal! The pit went hard, full of the kind of people that would try to knock you down, but then extend their hand to pick you back up. Nothing but love and respect, good stuff. At one point, Muir asked if there were any kids in the crowd. Sure enough, there were a few. He immediately asked them to join the band on stage. It also happened to be the youngest kid’s birthday, and he got the opportunity to sing with them-  what a fucking birthday! It was pretty awesome.

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Highlights of the night for me – seeing them play ‘I Want More’. I have always loved the chorus to that song. ‘Possessed to Skate’ brought back some good memories. And of course, the eighties classic, ‘Institutional’ , was even more bad ass live! Muir and the guys had definitely brought it during the opening night of their tour. The energy these guys bring is unparalleled! And to think, they have been going this strong for so long. Such an inspiration to any band trying to make it in the business. Just like Muir said…’Don’t let anything stand in your way of achieving your dreams‘. And that’s something we can all get behind. Thank you for the memorable night Suicidals…until next time!

 

Review & Photos: Carlos Londono

 

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Also, check out all of the info on their new album, Still Cyco Punk After All These Years , their new clothing collaboration with Converse, and their new tour!

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Thrice at House of Blues Boston – 11/26/17

▣House of Blues | Boston, MA                               ▣Sunday, November 26th 2017

American rock group, Thrice, were back in Boston co-headlining their Fall tour with Circa Survive. After opening for Deftones and Rise Against this Summer, their fans flocked to Boston for their co-headlining tour.

A long line formed outside on a cold night in Boston at the House of Blues for the Thrice/Circa Survive Fall 2017 tour. The tour showcased openers Chon, and Balance and Composure as special guests, kicking off a night packed with great music. I was there to cover Thrice’s performance, sadly I missed them last summer and I wanted to make sure I caught them on this run.

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Incense filled the air and just shortly before 8:30 pm the band took the stage. Dustin Kensrue (lead singer, guitarist) was the first to enter the stage as he waved to the crowd. Close behind,  Teppei Teranishi (lead guitar, keyboard, vocals), Riley Breckenridge (drums) and last was Eddie Breckenridge (bass, vocals).  They immediately went to work and opened with The Earth Will Shake, The Window and with the fan favorite from their 2003 self titled album, The Artist in the Ambulance. Their opening was strong and it was a perfect start to tonight’s set.

Their 15 song set had a little bit of everything from all of their nine releases. The crowd was moving and crowd surfing to songs like Firebreather, Silhoutte, and Deadbolt. The band had us mesmerized with beautiful renditions of Open Water, Broken Lungs, and Come All You Weary. I personally enjoyed listening to live versions of songs from the current album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. Here is video coverage of two fan favorites from that album, Hurricane and Black Honey.

Thrice put on an amazing performance for their Boston fans. A career that spans close to 20 years together as a band, they have never sounded better. Their comfort as artists have made them veterans in their field, and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. I’m looking forward to their next one!

 

Review, photos & video: Carlos Londono

 

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Amazing performance by the Pixies on sold out opening night!

▣House of Blues | Boston, MA                                ▣Friday, May 19th 2017

The Pixies just finished the first leg of their North American tour. Before heading to Europe, they played three nights of shows for their hometown fans in Boston, MA. The Pixies did not disappoint, it was an amazing sold out show on opening night.

It was a hot night in Boston, with a much-needed heat wave rolling in. A sold out night at the House of Blues, the Pixies would play the first of three shows with Cymbals Eat Guitars as an opener. A few minutes before 8 pm they would take the stage in front of a packed, mellow and calmer crowd. The band Cymbals Eat Guitars consists of Joseph D’Agostino (guitar, lead vocals), Brian Hamilton (keyboard, backup vocals), Matt Whipple (bass, backup vocals), and Andrew Dole (drums). D’Agostino’s raspy raw voice filled the venue nicely. The guys on backup vocals added a nice tone to the performance. Although the Cymbals Eat Guitars are considered an Indie band, the band has a flare of punk rock and psychedelic music. Going from edgy to more trippy at times. All in all, it was a nice opener to prepare the crowd for the show to come.

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The stage was beautifully set, as the drum kit that read ‘Pixies’ sat on a small platform in the back. The lights went out just before 9 pm to a crowd full of anticipation. The Pixies were welcomed warmly to the stage. The first to make it on stage was David Lovering (drums, back vocals), he waved to the crowd before sitting down. Everyone else followed and they wouldn’t take long to begin the night, opening with Gauge Away – a song from their 1989 release, the Doolittle album. They followed with River Euphrates and Cactus, as the crowd would start to sway to the music.

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All eyes from the audience were glued to Black Francis as he belted song after song. The Pixies played fan favorites, one after another. Paz Lenchantin (bass, Doolitlevocals) was mesmerizing. Her hums and enchanting voice carried through the room and sent the crowd into a meditative state. I thought she especially shined during All I think About Now. Joey Santiago (lead guitar), put on quite an amazing show. His angular and bent style of playing was impressive to watch. His playing sounds psychedelic, yet alternative, and is awesome to watch live.

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The Pixies would go on to play an additional 28 songs during their opening night in Boston. Their line up of songs included the Neil Young cover of Winterlong. They also played a great selection of their other favorites, including songs like Wave of Manipulation, Monkey Gone to Heaven, Here Comes Your Man, U-Mas, Velouria, Head Carrier, Debaser and of course Where Is My Mind…just to name a few.

Check out a clip from that performance…

To close their set they chose the song Hey, another song off of their Doolittle album. The Pixies received a standing ovation from the seated crowd as the show ended. They stopped for a brief moment, only to come back on stage and start their encore with the fast-paced Vamos, as the audience danced away. They played their final song Into the White, as Lenchantin mesmerized us for the last time. What a great performance by the Pixies! It was a perfect ending to a perfect night and one that I personally can’t wait to repeat again. I hope to see you next year at the Pixies show!

 

Review & Photos: Carlos Londono

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Killthrax Tour Destroys Boston During Sold Out Night!!

▣House of Blues | Boston, MA                                      ▣Sunday, May 7th 2017

Trash Metal Gods’ Anthrax and Massachusetts Metalcore Kings, Killswitch Engage collided at House of Blues Boston during the Killthrax Tour final stop Sunday night, with special guests The Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange. The Killthrax tour destroyed Boston on a sold out night that was packed with electrifying performances. 

We caught the Killthrax tour last Sunday at the House of Blues Boston. The line-up ran early that night and the first band up was The Devil Wears Prada. The christian metal-core band out of Dayton Ohio continues to have a strong following since their debut in 2006. On their biggest stage of their career, this tour would help them broaden their audience. Although their name has come up in the scene, I’ve never actually had a chance to listen to them. For many of us here tonight, it would be our first time seeing them live.

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When I finally made it to the pit area, the Devil Wears Prada had just started their second song. Mike Hranica’s vocals carried through the venue. The rest of the band consists of Kyle Sipress (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Andy Trick (bass). The band seemed a bit unpolished to me. Their songs are filled with great guitar riffs and heavy drums, the vocals from Hranica are mostly screamo type of singing with very little chorus involved. Their sound was raw and energetic, but for me personally, I thought that the band lacked in their performance.

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Looking around tonight, it was quite evident who people were here to see. The venue was filled with Anthrax and KSE t-shirts. Here in Boston, it would be KSE that would close the the last show of the tour. But, it was now Anthrax’s turn to mix things up and bring the crowds energy to a new level. This wouldn’t be the first time seeing the band, but would be my first time really watching them perform. My first Anthrax show, I spent a good amount of my time in the mosh-pit. In the pit, you miss a lot of things that happen on stage because you are not really watching the performance, you are listening to it. This time around, it would be a completely different experience. When the lights finally went out, my excitement was at a high waiting for their performance to begin.

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The Blues Brothers song was the first to come on, followed by clips from Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast and I Can’t Turn You Loose by Otis Redding. Finally, the first member to enter the stage was Scott Ian (rhythm guitar) and the rest of the band followed during a great welcome from their Boston fans. They would begin their set with the first song from their 1987 release, Among the Living. Fists were up in the air from the start as Joey Belladonna (vocals) pumped up tonight’s crowd. Frank Bello (bass) and Charlie Benante (drums), were electrifying. And, Jonathan Donais (lead guitar), was just as exciting to watch as the rest of the guys. They would continue their set with Caught in a Mosh and Madhouse, two other fan favorites. The mosh-pit went hard all night, but especially when Belladonna demanded it. Ian was a non-stop dancing and guitar playing machine. His facial expression gave notice to how hard he was playing and singing, and he would top it with every song they played. Bello not only playing bass, sang backup vocals as well. They are such a force, it is incredible to watch. They provide a certain rawness to their performance.

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Belladonna let the crowd know that, this was his first time playing at the House of Blues Boston. He thanked the crowd, and dedicated I Am the Law to all the marijuana freaks in the audience. Belladonna is such a powerful frontman, his voice could easily be heard for miles. So charismatic and talented, it is no wonder he has been a force to be reckoned with for so long. Anthrax set list consisted of 12 hard hitting songs. Some might say, only 12?! But those 12 songs seemed to go on for 10 minutes each. They were filled with long riffs by Ian and chords by Belladonna that would go on forever. They blew away everyone in the audience. They sang along with them and threw horns up in the air. Their performance was filled with hit after hit and favorites like Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t, Efilnikufesin (NFL) and Medusa.

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Anthrax was phenomenal and by the time that they went into the last three songs of the night, the crowd was going insane, and doing just what Belladonna asked of them… ‘To have the best fucking time ever’. They would go on to close their set with my favorite song from their latest release, For All Kings, Blood Eagle Wings. Followed by the Trust cover of Antisocial and finally closing their set with their hit Indians, from the Among The Living release. Anthrax was nothing short of magical. Their passion and perseverance are the reasons why they have been going strong for over 35 years. They didn’t seem like they are slowing down any time soon, and we couldn’t be happier.

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Now, it was time for the hometown heroes to take the stage. And when their large banner went down, loud cheers filled the venue. When they finally came out, Killswitch Engage would received an incredible welcome back. Adam Dutkiewicz (guitarist) walked out first sporting a t-shirt that read ‘Impeach Goodel’ and a sweatband that said ‘Trash Metal’. He made sure everyone could see what he was wearing, as he paraded it back and forth on stage. Loud cheers filled the venue when the rest of the KSE members hit the stage. Jesse Leach (vocals), Joel Stroetzel (guitarist), Mike D’Antonio (bass) and Justin Foley (drums) were all smiles as they waved to the crowd. The guys would open their set with Hate By Design from their latest album, Incarnate. They would immediately follow with the first song from their debut album Killswitch Engage, Temple from Within, the first installment from the band that featured Jesse Leach on vocals. It was their third song that really brought the crowd’s energy to a new level- a fan favorite, My Last Serenade.

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The mosh-pit was intense, driven by the intensity that KSE brings, especially in their hometown of Massachusetts. Bodies were flying, as the crowd surfers tried to reach the front of the stage to get a chance to shake the hands of their metal hometown heroes. Although I have seen Killswitch Engage before, this would be my first time seeing them with Leach on vocals. I had a feeling the transition would be hard, as I had grown to love Howard Jones on vocals. But Leach brought a different kind of energy to their performance. I am not saying one is better than the other, they are just different. Leach was exciting to watch, and the guy can wail. Everyone’s energy was impressive, especially Dutkiewicz and D’Antonio who jumped around pretty much throughout their entire set. Dutkiewicz not only an incredible guitarist, but he also has the matching vocals to cater to Leach. Foley, was a drumming machine, the guy did an amazing job at matching their energy. The more laid back of  the group is Stroetzel, who stood there and nailed some amazing riffs.

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KSE played 17 songs for their fans here tonight. The most memorable moments for me were when they played Life To Lifeless, had some of the most intense mosh-pits that I’ve ever witnessed. During A Bid Farewell, one of their friends went up on stage, did two backflips and dove headfirst back into the crowd, clearing a 7-8 ft space where the photographers stand. It was insane! The same energy was felt during The End of Heartache and Rose of Sharyn. Bodies where flying, people were moshing and singing every word. The band closed their set with My Curse, as the crowd embraced and sang along. Followed by In Due time- the only other song other than End of Heartache to be nominated for Best Metal Performance by the Grammy Awards Association. For their last one of the night, the guys had a special surprise- they brought out Joey Belladonna to sing Holy Diver from their 2006 release of As Daylight Dies.

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Leach thanked his hometown fans, as sticks flew and picks were flicked into the crowd. Dutkiewicz would take his socks and sneakers off, tossing them into the audience before exiting the stage. What a performance by the boys from Mass, just incredible! A tour that would go down as one of the most memorable, especially here in the city of Boston. It was the perfect combination of bands, proven to be a match made in heaven…or hell- I’ll let you decide.

Review & Photos: Carlos Londono

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The Pixies take over Boston for 3 sold out nights…don’t miss them!!!

Legendary group The Pixies who are currently on tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars will be making a three night stop in Boston to play for their hometown fans. The tour started April 21st in Pomona California, and has been getting great reviews from the media and fans. So, be sure to catch them on their tour!

David Lovering (drummer), was quoted “Coming back to Boston brings a wave of nostalgia. It helps me remember an era that was mostly happy. Playing in a band was something I’ve always wanted to do. I love playing drums, and I feel very fortunate to be able to do this”

 

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DATE VENUE CITY TICKETS
MAY 19 HOUSE OF BLUES – Attending! BOSTON, MA, US SOLD OUT
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MAY 20 HOUSE OF BLUES BOSTON, MA, US SOLD OUT
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MAY 21 PARADISE BOSTON, MA, US SOLD OUT
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MAY 23 ELECTRIC FACTORY PHILADELPHIA, PA, US BUY TICKETS
MAY 24 WEBSTER HALL NEW YORK, NY, US SOLD OUT
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MAY 25 BROOKLYN STEEL BROOKLYN, NY, US SOLD OUT
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MAY 26 BROOKLYN STEEL BROOKLYN, NY, US SOLD OUT
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JUL 05 CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION CAMBRIDGE, UK SOLD OUT
JUL 06 BST – HYDE PARK LONDON, UK BUY TICKETS
JUL 07 BLUEDOT FESTIVAL JODRELL BANK, UK BUY TICKETS
JUL 09 TRINITY COLLEGE PARK DUBLIN, IE BUY TICKETS
JUL 12 FESTIVAL LJUBLJANA LJUBLJANA, SI BUY TICKETS
JUL 14 POSITIVUS FESTIVAL SALACGRIVA, LV BUY TICKETS
JUL 16 ILOSAARIROCK FESTIVAL JOENSUU, FI BUY TICKETS
JUL 19 PALÉO FESTIVAL NYON, CH SOLD OUT
JUL 23 LOLLAPALOOZA PARIS PARIS, FR BUY TICKETS
JUL 25 CAESAREA TEL AVIV, IL BUY TICKETS
JUL 26 CAESAREA TEL AVIV, IL BUY TICKETS
JUL 28 LOW FESTIVAL BENIDORM, ES BUY TICKETS
JUL 29 FESTIVAL DE CARCASSONNE CARCASSONNE, FR BUY TICKETS
JUL 30 FESTIVAL LES ESCALES SAINT-NAZAIRE, FR BUY TICKETS
AUG 01 MONTFORTHAUS FELDKIRCH, AT BUY TICKETS
AUG 02 FOIRE AUX VINS COLMAR, FR BUY TICKETS
AUG 03 A SUMMER’S TALE LUHMÜHLEN, DE BUY TICKETS
AUG 04 LOKERSE FEESTEN LOKEREN, BE BUY TICKETS
AUG 07 KELVINGROVE PARK GLASGOW, UK SOLD OUT
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AUG 08 KELVINGROVE PARK GLASGOW, UK SOLD OUT
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AUG 10 WAY OUT WEST GOTHENBURG, SE BUY TICKETS
AUG 11 ØYAFESTIVALEN OSLO, NO BUY TICKETS
SEP 08 THE OHANA FEST DANA POINT, CA, US BUY TICKETS
SEP 19 COLLEGE STREET MUSIC HALL NEW HAVEN, CT, US BUY TICKETS
SEP 20 JOHN M. GREENE HALL AT SMITH COLLEGE NORTHAMPTON, MA, US BUY TICKETS
SEP 22 THE WESTBURY THEATER WESTBURY, NY, US BUY TICKETS
SEP 23 STONE PONY SUMMERSTAGE ASBURY PARK, NJ, US BUY TICKETS
SEP 24 THE CAPITOL THEATRE PORT CHESTER, NY, US BUY TICKETS
SEP 26 STATE THEATRE PORTLAND, ME, US BUY TICKETS
SEP 27 METROPOLIS MONTREAL, QC, CA BUY TICKETS
SEP 29 MASSEY HALL TORONTO, ON, CA BUY TICKETS
SEP 30 MASSEY HALL TORONTO, ON, CA BUY TICKETS
OCT 01 CENTER FOR THE ARTS BUFFALO, NY, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 03 THE AGORA THEATRE CLEVELAND, OH, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 04 STAGE AE PITTSBURGH, PA, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 06 THE FILLMORE DETROIT, MI, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 07 20 MONROE LIVE GRAND RAPIDS, MI, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 08 THE CHICAGO THEATRE CHICAGO, IL, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 10 PALACE THEATRE ST. PAUL, MN, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 11 PALACE THEATRE ST. PAUL, MN, US SOLD OUT
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OCT 12 BLUESTEM AMPHITHEATER MOORHEAD, MN, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 14 PEABODY OPERA HOUSE ST. LOUIS, MO, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 15 THE MIDLAND KANSAS CITY, MO, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 17 BOULDER THEATER BOULDER, CO, US SOLD OUT
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OCT 18 FILLMORE AUDITORIUM DENVER, CO, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 20 LOST LAKE FESTIVAL (OCT 20-22) PHOENIX, AZ, US BUY TICKETS
OCT 21 THE CHELSEA AT THE COSMOPOLITAN LAS VEGAS, NV, US BUY TICKETS
NOV 30 ROSELAND THEATER PORTLAND, OR, US BUY TICKETS
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DEC 01 ROSELAND THEATER PORTLAND, OR, US BUY TICKETS
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DEC 03 PARAMOUNT THEATRE SEATTLE, WA, US BUY TICKETS
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DEC 04 QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE VANCOUVER, BC, CA BUY TICKETS
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DEC 07 FOX THEATER OAKLAND, CA, US BUY TICKETS
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DEC 09 UPTOWN THEATRE NAPA, CA, US BUY TICKETS
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DEC 10 CITY NATIONAL CIVIC SAN JOSE, CA, US BUY TICKETS
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The Killthrax Tour will make it’s final stop in Boston on 5/7. Don’t miss it!!!

Anthrax and Massachusetts own, Killswitch Engage. Co-headlined one of this springs most successful and fun tours, the Killthrax Tour. With special guest The Devilwears Prada, will be making it’s final stop in Boston at the House of Blues on May 7th. On the last night of their tour together, makes this night one that you do not want to miss!

Here is what the guys from the legendary group Anthrax had to say about the tour:

Anthrax and Killswitch will be a really good blend for fans,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a ‘Total Explosion of the Senses.’” Added the band’s Frank Bello, “This Anthrax/KsE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S.” “Anthrax and Killswitch – KillThrax! Holy crap!,” said Scott Ian. “I am so excited about these upcoming shows with our old friends Killswitch Engage. Get out your pit pants and start stretching now for all the glorious action and fun!

 

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Date Venue Location Tickets
May 03 KillThrax Tour

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May 05 KillThrax Tour

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May 06 KillThrax Tour

Clifton Park, NY TICKETS RSVP
May 07 KillThrax Tour

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May 17 Zepp Bayside

Osaka, Japan TICKETS RSVP
May 18 Zepp DiverCity

Koto-Ku, Japan TICKETS RSVP
May 19 Zepp DiverCity

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Jun 17 Matapaloz Festival Hockenheim, Germany TICKETS RSVP
Jun 18 GARAGE Saarbrucken, Germany TICKETS RSVP
Jun 19 Kulturzentrum Schlachthof e.V. Wiesbaden, Germany TICKETS RSVP
Jun 21 Barba Negra Track Budapest, Hungary TICKETS RSVP
Jun 22 Arsenal Fest Kragujevac, Serbia TICKETS RSVP
Jun 23 Alpen Flair Castelrotto, Italy RSVP
Jun 25 Artefacts Festival Eckbolsheim-Strasbourg, France TICKETS RSVP
Jun 26 Regensburg Eventhall Airport Obertraubling, Germany TICKETS RSVP
Jun 27 Osnabruck Hyde Park

Osnabrück, Germany TICKETS RSVP
Jun 29 Victorie Alkmaar, Netherlands TICKETS RSVP
Jul 01 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark TICKETS RSVP
Jul 02 De Pul Uden, Netherlands TICKETS RSVP
Jul 04 Anthrax Pamplona, Spain TICKETS RSVP
Jul 05 Anthrax Corroios, Portugal TICKETS RSVP
Jul 06 Resurrection Festival Vivero, Spain TICKETS RSVP
Jul 13 Chippewa Music Fest Cadott, WI TICKETS RSVP
Jul 14 Chicago Open Air

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Jul 15 Rock Fest Oshkosh, WI TICKETS RSVP

 

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Date Venue Location Tickets
May 03 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Canada Tickets RSVP
May 04 Mavericks Ottawa, Canada Tickets RSVP
May 05 The Paramount Huntington, NY Tickets RSVP
May 06 Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY Tickets RSVP
May 07 House of Blues Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
May 08 Basement Transmissions Theatre Erie, PA Tickets RSVP
May 09 Mercury Ballroom Louisville, KY Tickets RSVP
May 11 The Rave Milwaukee, WI Tickets RSVP
May 12 Q and Z Expo Center Ringle, WI Tickets RSVP
Jun 05 The A’s Mayhem Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Tickets RSVP
Jun 06 Gruenspan

Hamburg, Germany Tickets RSVP
Jun 07 Bei Chez Heinz Hannover, Germany RSVP
Jun 09 Donington Park Derby, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Jun 10 Modu Athens, Greece Tickets RSVP
Jun 11 Milos Club Thessaloniki, Greece RSVP
Jun 12 Petit Bain Paris, France Tickets RSVP
Jun 13 Longlive Rockfest Lyon, France Tickets RSVP
Jun 14 In Fest Milan, Italy Tickets RSVP
Jun 15 Kiff

Aarau, Switzerland Tickets RSVP
Jun 16 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium Tickets RSVP
Jun 18 SITE DU HELLFEST Clisson, France Tickets RSVP
Jun 19 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France Tickets RSVP
Jun 20 Komma Wörgl, Austria Tickets RSVP
Jun 21 Felsenkeller Leipzig, Germany Tickets RSVP
Jun 22 Pod Mingoa Poznan, Poland Tickets RSVP
Jun 23 Underground Koln, Germany Tickets RSVP
Jun 24 Jera On Air Ysselsteyn, Netherlands Tickets RSVP
Jun 26 Club MIXTAPE 5 Sofia, Bulgaria Tickets RSVP
Jun 27 Chelsea Wien, Austria Tickets RSVP
Jun 28 Volt Festival Sopron, Hungary Tickets RSVP
Jun 29 Randal Club Bratislava, Slovakia Tickets RSVP
Jun 30 Mystic Skate Cup Prague, Czech Republic Tickets RSVP
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Until the Next Time, Dropkick Murphys

▣House of Blues | Boston, MA                                      ▣Friday, March 17th 2017

Sometimes a band comes along that not only wins the hearts of the city they’re from, but the whole country as well; staying true to where they came from at all times and never allowing anything to change who they are. Giving back to their city through their music, they are granted the highest honor of being called Boston’s own-Dropkick Murphys.

Founded in 1996 in Quincy, Massachusetts by Ken Casey and former members, The Dropkick Murphys have stayed loyal to their celtic-punk roots. Their folk-Americana songs have represented the city of Boston for over 10 years. Hits like Tessie, I’m Shipping Up to Boston, and the State of Massachusetts have become the anthems of major sporting events. The Dropkick Murphys have helped shape today’s punk scene, not just here in their hometown, but all over the world. With their new album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory currently out and their supporting tour, the band has never looked stronger.

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Which bring us to tonight March 17, 2017 at the House of Blues Boston for the Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day concert-part of their Hometown Shows, which have become an annual Boston tradition for their fans. Since 2013, the Hometown Shows consist of five days during which the Dropkick Murphys change up their song showcase for their fans from night to night with their biggest night on St. Patrick’s Day. To their loyal fans, there is no better place to celebrate the holiday. And as the lights shut off at the House of Blues, the Foggy Dew song played. Just past 9 o’clock, the Dropkicks opened their set with the opening from their new album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory with The Lonesome Boatman. They continued with The State of Massachusetts, as the crowd began to crowd surf to the stage. The mosh-pit started early and went hard all night. From up above it looked like a green sea of people. The Irish were well represented here tonight, as flags were raised from the pit.

Dropkicks then played the Irish Rover and Worker’s Song, as the singing from the crowd became louder. Before their next one, Ken would approach the audience -“At this Hometown show we like to do a little experiment -the Masspike side versus the Landsdown St side. And I gotta tell ya, so far that the Landsdown side has destroyed you, every night Masspike, every night! So lets clear it up, make it happen, take it away! Al Bar lead vocals added, if you want it, step it up people, step it up.” The band started to play Johny, I hardly knew ya.., a fan favorite from their 2007 release The Meanest of Times. The crowd sang along with fists in the air. They went on to play another new one; Rebels with a Cause. Then, from their 3rd studio album Sing it Loud, Sing it Proud  –Heros From Our Past. The shenanigans continued…

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Dropkicks would go on to play twenty more songs  -a showcase that would bring every emotion out of their fans. Sweat, blood, tears were all present here, exactly what was expected from a Dropkicks show on St. Patrick’s Day. People were looking to have fun and push the boundaries, but also kept the Boston camaraderie alive. The crowd was full of friendly people, new friendships and lots of hands helping their fellow brothers off the floor in the mosh pit. After all, that’s what Dropkicks music is about -respect, pride, staying true to yourself, giving back to their people and of course, having a lot of fun.

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Dropkicks would close their set with The Boys Are Back and I’m Shipping Up To Boston, as Bar let the front row sing with him. Finally closing with Until the Next Time off their new album and even thought it was a new song, the crowd sang right along with them. Casey would thank the crowd as the lights went out for the second time during their set. Chants of ‘Dropkick Murphys!  Dropkick Murphys! Dropkick Murphys! Dropkick Murphys!’ filled the venue.

Shortly after, Dropkicks would come out for their encore -closing the night with Dirty Water, the Standells cover that has become a favorite here in Boston. For the last three, Casey would invite the girls from the audience to join them on stage. And, a sea of woman would rushed the stage to get the opportunity to sing with the Dropkicks. The band serenaded them with Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced, as the girls sang along. They would continue with Skinhead on MBTA and finally closing with Alcohol, as we all sang and danced for the last time.

What an emotional but fun night Dropkicks put on for their native fans. There is a reason why this is an annual event -the intensity and passion they bring is unrivaled. There is a reason why people insist you see the Dropkick’s live show, why it’s on every Bostonians bucket list. We are positive that once you see them, you will fall in love. Hats off to you Dropkicks -for your music, love and memories that you have created with your Boston fans. Until the Next time!

Review & Photos: Carlos Londono

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