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Dropkick Murphys
LIVE ON ST. PATRICKíS DAY
(HELLCAT)

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Every Dropkick Murphys show feels like St. Patrickís Day. But unlike the three represented on the bandís first live album, they donít all take place on the actual holiday weekend in front of a home-town crowd. From the 26 tracks of punk hysteria on the disc to the map of the Southie parade route on the back cover to the liner notes from Shred and Dennis Lehane, this is the ultimate souvenir of Bostonís finest new rock tradition. You donít have to be a Dropkicks fanatic to be impressed by the bandís raw power on both their classic originals ("Boys on the Docks," "Barroom Hero") and their amped-up covers ("Dirty Water," "Fortunate Son"). Master of ceremonies Ken Casey has a few surprises up his sleeve for the occasion: he leads an impromptu version of the Bruinsí themesong and presides over a friendís marriage proposal before "Forever." Guitarist Marc Orrell conjures the spirit of X legend Billy Zoom with his fiery leads, and drummer Matt Kellyís hyperactive beats push the band to the edge of oblivion throughout. Throw in the all-ages sing-alongs "Wild Rover" and "Finneganís Wake" and the only thing missing from this Irish rock party is the Guinness.

(Dropkick Murphys perform at the Molson Canadian Snow Jam this Saturday, September 28, at the Bayside Expo Center. Call 617-474-6000.)

BY SEAN RICHARDSON

Issue Date: September 26 - October 3, 2002
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