Photos & Review By: Anthony Cosentino
On a perfect summer night in Asbury Park, fans flooded the sold-out Stone Pony Summer Stage in celebration of twenty years of rocking with Dropkick Murphys. The roar of fans eager for this legendary Boston band to take the stage could be heard from blocks away; the “Dropkick Murphys!” chants were insatiable. Once they finally took the stage, the crowd absolutely erupted with excitement. Singalongs were immediate and crowd surfers wasted no time making their way to the front of the stage.
Opening with the high energy “Captain Kelly’s Kitchen,” it was only natural for the crowd to react as they did. When Dropkick Murphys play a show, they want to get their adoring fans as involved in the action as possible. Just within the first 3 songs, various members of the band walked right up to the edge of the barricade to serenade the crowd, sharing the microphone with ecstatic fans who could easily sing back every word. When fan favorites like “Rose Tattoo” and “Going Out in Style” were played, the energy in the crowd was almost palpable. Fans embraced, raised their glasses, and danced with childlike excitement to the infectious Irish rock.
When the encore came, the VIP fans got the special treat of taking center stage with Dropkick Murphys, dancing arm in arm and singing enthusiastically with their favorite band. During this time, the stage screen was humorously adorned with the text “Only a Jackass Takes Selfies on Stage,” encouraging their lucky fans to simply live in this amazing moment. To close out such a wild show, Dropkick Murphys covered the classic “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC, and they most certainly did the song justice. With twenty years of rock ‘n’ roll under their belt as they continue to sell out shows, Dropkick Murphys will certainly be going out in style, but not any time soon.