Red Sox: Dropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen bring life to Fenway
The Boston Red Sox may not be playing at Fenway Park just yet, but there will be some action there next Friday as the Dropkick Murphys will be in the house.
Well, my friends, it feels as if we’re once again in a standstill with the labor negotiations between the owners and players. Just as it felt like we were one step closer to seeing some Red Sox baseball another speed bump has been thrown in the way. As frustrating as that may be, things aren’t all storm clouds and sadness, Fenway Park will be alive and rocking next weekend.
That’s, right Red Sox Nation! Our beloved Fenway Park will play home to a charity concert performed by the Dropkick Murphys with Bruce Springsteen also making an appearance via satellite. Over the years the Murphys have become the defacto band of the Red Sox and Boston. Though there may be some artists to come from Beantown that have bigger names, it’s often the Murphys that get the call.
Look no further than former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. His frantic and at times maniacal entrance into the game would be accompanied by the familiar sounds of “Shipping up to Boston.” The opening guitar strum would send chills down the spines of Sox Nation while informing the opposition that their night was almost over.
Hell, any and pretty much every movie that has been set in New England in the last decade or so has had that song played at some point in it. The Dropkick Murphys have a deep love for all things Boston including their teams and are often seen rooting for those squads on a nightly basis.
Fenway Park was once a fortress where non-baseball souls couldn’t gain access. However, in recent times we’ve seen numerous concerts, sporting events, and even a massive Red Bull ice ramp, all call Fenway home.
I’ve been lucky enough to see both Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters in the last couple of years at Fenway, a beautiful mix of things I love very dearly. At the shows, I attended there was a massive stage in centerfield with large screens on either side to allow everyone to see the bands. I’m not sure what the setup will be next Friday since there won’t be fans in attendance but I’m definitely interested.
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As for next Friday, this will be the first-ever streamed even in Fenway Park’s long history and it’s for a great cause. Those that are watching the concert will be able to donate to charity with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, and the Boston Resiliency Fund. Fans may not be able to physically attend, but they can tune in via the Dropkick Murphys’ social media pages.
This is a great idea and I applaud the Murphys as well as The Boss for doing the event. I’m sure they’d love to be in front of thousands of screaming fans but this will still allow them to share their love of music while helping those in need.
I’ve seen the Murphys live when they came to my area a few years ago and they rocked the damn house. Bruce is on my list of “must-sees,” if I ever get the chance. I have full faith that both will go out there and bring that electricity back to Fenway Park that we’ve all been missing.
Once again the event takes place on Friday, May 29th, at 6 p.m. ET. For more information shoot on over to the Dropkick Murphys’ website where you can find out everything. I know I’ll be sitting down with the music blaring and an ice-cold beer in my hand, enjoying the show. If we can’t see the Red Sox at Fenway Park this sure is one hell of a substitute!