Dropkick Murphys Turned Fremont Street into a Giant Pub Sing-along

The Fremont Street Experience, July 10

Photo by Glenn Brogan

Photo by Glenn Brogan

The opening accordion bagpipes heard on “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” is one of the most popular punk rock intros in the past 10 years. When New England’s Dropkick Murphys played the song in front of hundreds of Irish fans in town this weekend in support of Dublin-born MMA fighter Conor McGregor for UFC 189, the explosion of energy could’ve been heard in Henderson. Vocalist Ken Casey led the band on “Tesse,” which played like an old-fashioned pub sing-along as the sea of green T-shirts raised glasses to the sky. The melodic tin whistles and mandolin solos of Tim Brennan and Jeff DaRosa on “The State of Massachusetts” complemented the crashing of drums and guitar riffs that normally dominates the band’s sound. Dropkick Murphys put on an incredible performance that made you wish you were Irish … at least for that night. ★★★★✩

Photos by Glenn Brogan

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