Jesse Ahern joins supporting lineup for 2022 Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Tour
Dropkick Murphys have just released a music video for “Good As Gold” from their Turn Up That Dial album. The clip was directed by Dave Stauble of Punchdance Studios and includes an up-close-and-personal DKM performance, along with a brief cameo by the beloved puppets of Punchdance Studios.
“Good As Gold” celebrates the music that shaped the band. It’s about the precious vinyl albums we all listen to, collect, and cherish – and the video shows how that music connects fans through generations.
“It’s about the important role music has played in our lives. The outside world may be going on. Boom, you put your headphones on, drop the needle, and nothing else matters,” explains co-lead vocalist Ken Casey. “It’s about how much hope I’ve gotten from music, all of the inspiration, and the way it’s helped me take my frustrations out.”
Dropkick Murphys recently announced the return of their traditional St. Patrick’s Day Tour for 2022 and have now expanded the lineup to include Boston-based Jesse Ahern opening each show. As previously announced, the month-long trek kicks off February 21st, culminating with the band’s customary run of St. Patrick’s Day week hometown shows in Boston, and will also feature support acts The Bombpops and The Rumjacks on most dates. Jim Lindberg of Pennywise is confirmed as a special guest for the final show on March 20th at Roadrunner (Boston’s newest concert venue), performing in support of his recently released Ted Hutt-produced solo album Songs From the Elkhorn Trail.
The return of Dropkick Murphys’ St. Patrick’s Day Tour follows back-to-back years of widely-viewed and highly-acclaimed livestreamed Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day concerts: 2020’s Streaming Up From Boston and 2021’s Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down, which topped Pollstar’s Livestream Chart.
Along with Streaming Outta Fenway in 2020 – the first-ever concert performed on the hallowed infield of Boston’s Fenway Park – and the band’s Turn Up That Dial Album Release Party in 2021, these four free livestreamed concerts with no in-person audience were watched over 17 million times, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for DKM’s charity The Claddagh Fund and other nonprofits, and were featured on national news.
From August through mid-October of 2021, Dropkick Murphys returned to the road for their first live shows since the pandemic began, touring the US with Rancid on the co-headlining Boston To Berkeley II Tour, which also featured performances at Riot Fest in Chicago and Aftershock in Sacramento.
Dropkick Murphys’ latest album, Turn Up That Dial, released April 30th via DKM’s own Born & Bred Records, is their tenth studio album, and fourth consecutive Billboard top 10 album debut. Overall, Dropkick Murphys’ music has generated half a billion streams, they’ve quietly moved eight million-plus units worldwide and the band has sold out gigs on multiple continents.