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03/03/2010 4:45 PM ET
Dropkick Murphys live in Boston
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For most people, St. Patrick's Day means wearing green, attending a parade, and enjoying some corned beef and cabbage. For the Dropkick Murphys it means a return to their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts to play a string of shows with their friends and family in the audience. Now you'll have the chance to experience a St. Patrick's Day in Boston any time of the year as the Dropkick Murphys get set to release "Live from Lansdowne" on March 16th, which corresponds perfectly to their 2010 run of hometown shows. While on the road in the middle of the tour that will lead up to their return to Boston, bassist/vocalist Ken Casey describes it as "deja vu - for all the people that maybe can't make it, they'll get to see exactly what's going on out there and what it's all about and what it's like."

And what is a Dropkick Murphys show like in Boston on St. Patrick's Day? Intense, energetic, and full of camaraderie as they are joined on stage by special guests the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. "It's always a highlight of the year for us. Because when you travel in a band, you're away and you miss a lot. You miss your friends and family. And it's like that week is 'This Is Your Life' where everyone in your life comes to you. And it's just fun to come home and see a lot of familiar faces, and family and friends at the show. It's a special week for us every year." While you can hear the nostalgia in Ken's voice as he talks about playing with friends and family in the audience, there is still a sense of amazement that he's been lucky enough to play rock and roll for a living. "This will be the 10th anniversary of doing the St. Patrick's Day home stand in Boston. Which is kind of hard to believe actually."

Live albums are nothing new for the band though, as they recorded their first live album during their 2002 run of St. Patrick's day shows in Boston. "That was kind of encompassing our first three albums, and we've put out three albums since. So we felt like it was time to do a second album." In order to ensure that the spirit of the performances was captured, and to relieve some of the stress of recording a live album, the band decided to record 7 shows in a 6 day period. "It's fun because you don't have to stress out about getting it right, you can just enjoy the seven shows and you know your going to get at least some good takes out of it." The method obviously worked as the band felt that 20 songs from the performances were release worthy. And if you're worried that the band is covering the same ground they did with 2002's "Live on St. Patrick's Day", don't be. Ken proudly states that "it's a completely different track listing than the first live album, which I'm pretty proud of. 'Cause as i kid i would buy all my favorite band's live albums. But you buy like 3 or 4 live albums and it'd be all the same songs over and over again. So I'm pretty proud we're giving people their money's worth: if you buy both live albums you're getting like 40-something different songs."

Revealing their Boston roots, Ken states that the record was recorded "at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street right over the Green Monster from Fenway." And that's a park that has not only been good to them, but that they have been good for. The Red Sox have a 6-0 record when the band has played Fenway before the game. "We like to think of ourselves as a good luck charm, and it seems to be working. The last time we played a game before the Red Sox was the '07 Game 7 ALCS Championship against Cleveland." When asked if there was any message he'd like passed on to the team, that is currently in Florida for their spring training, Ken said with a chuckle "the two years that we've been involved with the team, where we did play at the park, was '04 and '07, and they did win the World Series both of those years. So you can let them know that we are available in 2010 if they should want the good luck back." Before adding "I don't mean to say that all of it was our doing, i'll give the players some of the credit."

And Ken is also a part of keeping the history of the Red Sox alive. He is an owner of McGreevy's Irish Pub and Sports Bar. To many, that venue will be forever known as the Third Base Saloon, where the rabid Red Sox fans of yesteryear, the Royal Rooters, would gather. "When we did the song 'Tessie' for the Red Sox in '04 it was kind of a recreation of their original fan fight song. We changed the lyrics to really be about those early years of their rabid fan base, called the Royal Rooters, and how many of the first World Series the Boston franchise won in the early days. And a lot of the history came to light through the song." The band felt that reopening the bar, which originally opened 1896 and later closed its doors during prohibition, "was fitting in lieu of the song, and all of the history, and all of the cool artifacts that exist that we should open a remake of the original. We did our best to replicate what the original looked like, and people seem to love it."

With the new live album, the pride of running a Boston landmark, and a tour that will take them across America and to Europe in the coming months, 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for the Dropkick Murphys. The only thing that could make it better for the band is a return trip to play Fenway, and another year where the Red Sox win the World Series.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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