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Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys kicks off St. Patrick’s Day Tour in Bethlehem on Feb. 21

Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys kicks off St. Patrick’s Day Tour in Bethlehem on Feb. 21
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From a press release:

It was announced today that the Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys will kick off their annual St. Patrick’s Day Tour at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles ska punk band The Interrupters and Dublin punk band Blood or Whiskey will be opening the show.

Tickets, which are $30, $22.50 when bought in packs of four, or $35 on the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office,, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts. The band was originally just a bunch of friends looking to play music for fun. They started playing in the basement of a friend’s barbershop, and their goal was to blend the musical influences they had grown up with – punk rock, Irish folk, rock, and hardcore – into one loud, raucous, chaotic, and often out of tune mix that they could call our own.

To their surprise, people seemed to like it, so they began to record music and tour constantly. To date, Dropkick Murphys have released numerous singles and EPs, a live album, a DVD, and six full-length albums and have played across a large portion of the world. They are truly grateful to the many friends and bands that have helped and supported them along the way in the U.S., Canada, Europe, U.K. Ireland, Scandinavia, and Australia, as well as the many countries they look forward to playing in the next century.

The bands’ main goal is to play music that creates an all for one, one for all environment where everyone is encouraged to participate, sing along, and have a good time. In the true spirit of punk rock, they view the band and the audience as one in the same; in other words, their stage and their microphone are yours.

In addition to hopefully bringing people together for a good time, the Dropkick Murphys hope to share some of their experiences and beliefs in working class solidarity, friendship, loyalty, and self-improvement as a means to bettering society (i.e. You can preach until you’re blue in the face, but if you’re lying in the gutter, no one’s going to listen. If you pick yourself up by the bootstraps and live your life to the best of your ability, you may set an example that others will follow).