Dropkick Murphys bring St. Pattys to Indy early

\"\"\"\" by Reggie Edwards St. Patrick’s Day came early this year as Indianapolis’s Egyptian Room was turned into an Irish Pub with The Mahones and Frank Turner & the Sleepless Souls opening for the legendary Dropkick Murphys in February. Going into the concert I knew I could expect to get pushed, shoved, punched and everything imaginable since the Dropkick Murphys are famous for their highly aggressive mosh pits. I mean, come on, Celtic punk rock…punk rock with bagpipes, it’s a given, right? Well, I got everything I bargained for plus a concert experience that would be hard to top this early in the year. The Mahones opened up the show and the rocked the place. Not many people knew who they were so they were pleasantly surprised by the set. There’s no question they got the place moving and got the crowd drinking in preparation for the Dropkick Murphys. Up next was Frank Turner & The Sleepless Souls from England. They put on a good show and they were definitely popular with the crowd. I enjoyed their set but I just didn’t think they fit in with the other two bands on the bill. Nonetheless, they held their own and I can see why Dropkick Murphys brought them on tour. After the two openers finished up, it was finally time for the reason everyone came to the show- The Dropkick Murphys. They played basically four sets on the night- their regular set, an acoustic set, another electric set and an encore. Their regular set consisted of songs like “The Irish Rover,” “Deeds Not Words,” “Cruel,” “Barroom Hero” and a new song titled “Shark.” Their acoustic set, which was four songs consisted of “The Warrior’s Code,” “Take ‘em Down,” “Devil’s Brigade” and “Boys on the Docks.” For some reason, which I still don’t understand, people found it fun to crowd surf during the acoustic set, even after the band asked them not to, that’s odd to me. Why crowd surf to an acoustic set? The night was one big party, to sum up this statement, here’s a great example- at one point a young woman- obviously intoxicated- crowd surfed to the front and was taken down by security. After they got her down from the crowd, she tried to kiss one of the security guards. Pure insanity you can only at a Dropkick Murphys’ show. At one point, I felt a big tug on the back of my hoodie (yes, I was burning up wearing one in a pit) and all of a sudden I went flying backwards….someone actually pulled me back to take my spot. Needless to say I wasn’t happy but I let it go and eventually got my spot back. The lights the Murphys had were outstanding. Nothing special like strobes but they just fit well. The party ended with an encore that consisted of “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced,” a cover of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” and another cover of Gang Green’s “Alcohol.” For this encore, they let any girls in the audience on stage that could get there to sing and dance with the band for the entire encore, which made the crowd nothing but a giant circle pit of guys. If you want the perfect party concert, go to a Dropkick Murphys show and I promise you won’t be let down in any way whatsoever.