Most my friends know my love of live music. I have been to hundreds of concerts over the years. I have download hundreds and hundreds of live music too. That is why I chose to cover “A song that you first heard live, that you became instantly obsessed with” as the next part of my music challenge.
Over the years I have fallen in love all sorts of new bands based on live performances I’ve seen or heard. The Dropkick Murphys, however top all of them. It was the fall of 1997, my first semester of my freshman year of college. I saw in the local music magazine that one of my favorite band the Mighty Mighty Bosstones were heading up to the Central Maine Civic Center in Lewiston. I was totally pumped for the show and snatched up a ticket. I later learned that the Bosstones were bringing 3 Boston area band with them on this tour. I was pretty excited and although Boston in a good hour and half away, us Mainers kind of claim it as local. If I remember correctly they were Bim Skala Bim, the Amazing Royal Crowns and the Dropkick Murphys. I had never heard any of these band at the time and was pretty excited to hear some new stuff.
I went to the show that night excited I would finally get to see the Bosstones live. I new they would rock. What I wasn’t expecting is that the Dropkick Murphys (still fronted be Mike McColgan) would steal the whole night! I was amazed by them. I bought my first of many DKM t-shirts that night, and the next day went and bought their Boys on the Docks EP which at the time was the only thing they had recorded. Since that night I have seen them 13 times, bought t-shirts at almost every single show, and purchased everyone of there albums and EPs on both CD and vinyl. I’ve met the band on few occasions too!
So below I will post a video of some live Mike McColgan era Dropkick Murphys. This clip is 10 minutes long, but contains 4 songs, Caps & Bottles, Finnegan’s Wake, Caught in a Jar and Boy on the Dock. This performance is from a show in Seattle in March of 1998, which is about 6 months after the show I went to.
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