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Dropkick Murphys have announced additional U.S. tour dates and shows in the UK. The band will return to the West Coast to play San Diego (October 11 & 12), Las Vegas (October 14) and Los Angeles (October 15). Tickets for the Los Angeles show go on sale Friday, July 8 and tickets for the San Diego and Las Vegas shows go on sale Saturday, July 9. Go to for details.

In addition, Dropkick Murphys have confirmed overseas gigs in 2012, adding shows in Liverpool (February 8), London (February 10) and Glasgow (February 11).

Meanwhile, tickets for Dropkick Murphys' September 8 and 9 landmark hometown shows at Boston's Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) sold out in less than one hour this week. A portion of the proceeds from the two Dropkick Murphys at Fenway with Special Guests The Mighty Mighty Bosstones shows (which are pending city approval) will benefit the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund—which helps support families of victims of 9/11 throughout the state—as well as the band's charity, The Claddagh Fund.

The critically-acclaimed group—known for their complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock 'n' roll—are touring in support of their Going Out In Style CD (Born & Bred Records/ILG), which debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200—the group's highest chart debut to date.

In other news, there are a few days remaining in Deering Banjos' Dropkick Murphys Goodtime Tenor Banjo giveaway. The sweepstakes runs through Monday, July 11 and can be entered online at:

Dropkick Murphys continue to receive accolades from the media for their live show. Here's a sample of recent critical praise.

"What makes a Dropkicks show so different than other concerts is that the rockers are an everyman band—evidenced by a diverse crowd that spanned from 15 years old to folks over 50 who were there and weren't chaperones. The band's songs take universal themes of family and class struggle and love and put them to music you can pogo to…But the biggest thing that makes going to a Dropkick Murphys show more like a family reunion than a formal concert is the band's interactivity with the crowd…That's what makes the Dropkick Murphys so vital—it's not just going to a concert, but being part of an experience, from the time the crowd shouted the repeated refrain of 'Let's Go Murphys!' before the curtain was pulled back to the wild rush of fans streaming back onto the floor for the final song of 'Boys on the Docks.'"

—Vanessa Franko, Press Enterprise, July 2, 2011

"…Dropkick Murphys' late-afternoon set was the perfect celebration…The group's new album Going Out in Style provided some of its best original material: blue-collar workers rights were the focus of the propulsive folk-rocker 'Take 'Em Down'; the band offered up an emotive version of 'Cruel.' Other highlights included the energetic 'Peg o' My Heart' and the bagpipes-anchored title track, with its punk attack and infectious chorus. Well-placed covers included a super-fast version of the traditional tune 'The Irish Rover' and, later in the set, a rowdy take on AC/DC's 'T.N.T.' For that one, lead singer Al Barr (above) conjured Bon Scott as the Hootenanny faithful were suddenly transformed into a mass of fist-pumping headbangers."

—Robert Kinsler, Orange County Register, July 3, 2011

"The Dropkicks played an energetic set, with Barr zooming from one end of the stage to the other, flat cap atop his head, fists pumping along with his gruff growl. The rest of the band zig-zagged across the stage as well, not just standing in front the same microphone the whole set, but using any of the four set up across the front of the stage. The band changed up the tempos throughout the night which kept things interesting, from the pounding hardcore of 'Citizen C.I.A.,' which sent the pit into a frenzy, to 'Take 'Em Down' from the band's latest LP, an acoustic anthem for a blue-collar workforce."

—Dave Lake, Seattle Weekly, June 28, 2011

"They are a true headliner, taking control of wherever they play quickly and gripping it hard until they power down…The mix of traditional folk instruments like banjo with loud electric guitars and a punishing (in a good way) rhythm section is devastatingly effective — punk in spirit but pub ready…"

—Dennis Cook,, June 15, 2011

Catch Dropkick MurphysAl Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, whistle, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes)—on the road in the following cities:

Fri. 7/8Milwaukee, WISummerfest
Sun. 7/10Ottawa, ONCisco Ottawa Blues Fest
Mon. 7/11Quebec City, QCFestival d'été de Québec
Wed. 7/27Sayreville, NJStarland Ballroom
Thu. 7/28Montclair, NJWellmont Theatre
Fri. 7/29Essex Junction, VTMidway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo Center
Sat. 7/30Syracuse, NYKrockathon
(NYS Fairgrounds)
Mon. 8/1St. John's, NLGeorge Street Festival
Wed. 8/3Halifax, NSMultipurpose Centre
Thu. 8/4Moncton, NBOxygen Nightclub
Fri. 8/5Montreal, QCMetropolis
Sat. 8/6Collingwood, ONWakestock
(Millennium Park, Collingwood Harbour)

Fri. 8/12Püttlingen, GermanyRocco Del Schlacko
Sat. 8/13Eschwege, GermanyOpen Flair
Sun. 8/14Rothenburg, GermanyTaubertal
Fri. 8/19St. Pölten, AustriaFrequency Festival
Sat. 8/20Lüdinghausen, GermanyArea 4
Sun. 8/21Großpösna, GermanyHighfield

Thu. 9/8Boston, MAFenway Park
Fri. 9/9Boston, MAFenway Park

Tue. 10/11San Diego, CAHouse Of Blues
Wed. 10/12San Diego, CAHouse Of Blues
Fri. 10/14Las Vegas, NVHard Rock Casino
Sat. 10/15Los Angeles, CAThe Palladium

Wed. 2/8Liverpool, UKO2 Academy
Fri. 2/10London, UKThe Roundhouse
Sat. 2/11Glasgow, ScotlandBarrowlands

About Dropkick Murphys

Known for their complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock 'n roll, critically-acclaimed Dropkick Murphys have released 7 full-length studio albums and sold over 4 million copies worldwide since hitting the scene in 1996. Their 2011 Going Out In Style CD, released via the group's own Born & Bred Records, debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200—the group's highest chart debut to date. Going Out In Style has received overwhelming praise, with USA Today declaring it "funny, moving, inspiring and, above all, entertaining." The video for "Going Out In Style" was featured at #1 on Rolling Stone's "Hot List," while the CD landed the #1 spot on the magazine's Local Favorite's chart in the March 31, 2011 issue. 2007's The Meanest Of Times has sold over 300,000 copies sold worldwide. The Meanest Of Times was #40 on Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums Of The Year and "The State Of Massachusetts" came in at #83 on their Top 100 Singles of the year. The group's single "I'm Shipping Up To Boston"—from 2005's The Warrior's Code CD—has sold over 1.25 million copies. "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," a song with lyrics penned by Woody Guthrie, gained mainstream notoriety after being prominently featured in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film The Departed. It can be commonly heard at sporting events and on television as a theme song for many sports teams (even outside of Boston). The Boston Garden plays it at pivotal moments throughout Bruins and Celtics games and Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon uses it as his entrance music when he comes out of the bullpen. The band has sold out shows worldwide and cultivated one of the most fervent fan bases in rock music. They're an integral part of Boston's cultural identity and even penned the theme song to the first Red Sox World Series win in 86 years.

Dropkick Murphys (from left to right): Tim Brennan, James Lynch, Jeff DaRosa, Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, Al Barr, Scruffy Wallace (photo by Kerry Brett)

Dropkick Murphys publicity contacts:

Kristine Ashton-Magnuson/ASHTON-MAGNUSON MEDIA, (818) 996-2496

Jaime Rosenberg/ILG, (212) 707-2038