Two month trek includes The Bronx on most dates
Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will hit the road together for the first time since 2017, for the co-headlining Boston To Berkeley II Tour with special guests The Bronx on most dates. The US trek — which was originally scheduled for May of 2020 — runs from August 10th through October 16th and will also feature festival appearances by Dropkick Murphys and Rancid at Riot Fest in Chicago on September 18th and Aftershock in Sacramento on October 8th.
Tickets for the Boston To Berkeley II Tour go on sale Friday, June 18th at 10 am local time in most markets via Ticketmaster. The final band of the night will vary by date, with either Dropkick Murphys or Rancid as the closing act.
“Looking forward to hitting the road with the Dropkick Murphys again for the second edition of our Boston To Berkeley Tour. Our good buddies The Bronx will be joining us on tour as well. See ya in the pit!” shares Rancid’s Tim Armstrong.
“Can’t wait to get back out there and kick the touring door open again. This is a great lineup and we are gonna take the country by storm,” adds Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey.
Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have a long and important history together. In 1997, Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen came across a copy of Dropkick Murphys’ original EP at a friend’s house. He turned it over to his bandmate and Hellcat Records president Tim Armstrong, who quickly snatched up the band for his new label.
Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkeley, California, Rancid has now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century. In 1991, after the demise of their much beloved first band, Operation Ivy, founding members Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) decided to do the impossible – start an even better band. Thus, Rancid. Signing with Epitaph Records, the band released their first album Rancid in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined the band, because…well, are you going to tell him he can’t? The result, in 1994, was Let’s Go. In 1995, Rancid released the classic platinum-selling …And Out Come The Wolves. You still remember when you first heard it. They followed with the even more ambitious Life Won’t Wait in 1998, and in 2000, Rancid released another album entitled Rancid, just to see if anyone was paying attention. After Indestructible in 2003, Branden Steineckert (drums) joined to solidify Rancid’s current lineup. They subsequently released the albums Let The Dominos Fall (2009) and Honor Is All We Know (2014). And out now is another immediate classic, Trouble Maker (2017).
Dropkick Murphys proudly remain Boston’s rock ‘n’ roll underdogs turned champions. Since 1996, the boys have created the kind of music that’s meant to be chanted at last call, in packed arenas, and during the fourth quarter, third period, or ninth inning of a comeback rally. Their celebrated discography includes four consecutive Billboard top 10 album debuts (2021’s Turn Up That Dial, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, Signed and Sealed in Blood, Going Out In Style), along with 2005’s gold-selling The Warrior’s Code featuring the near double platinum classic “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.” Whether you caught a legendary gig at The Rathskeller (The Rat) under Kenmore Square, found the band by taking the T to Newbury Comics to cop Do Or Die in ’98, discovered them in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed, or saw ‘em throw down at Coachella (or one of hundreds of other festivals), you’ve become a part of their extended family. 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. In 2020, the band was one of the first to embrace streaming performances, starting with their Streaming Up From Boston St. Patrick’s Day virtual performance. It was followed by last year’s landmark Streaming Outta Fenway livestream, which drew more than 5.9 million viewers and held the No. 3 spot on Pollstar’s “Top 2020 Livestreams” chart. Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down, was No. 1 on Pollstar’s Livestream chart for the week ending March 22, 2021, logging over one million views.
The Dropkick Murphys/Rancid Boston To Berkeley II Tour Dates:
Aug 10 – Waite Park, MN @ The Ledge Amphitheater – Waite Park
Aug 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Grinders
Aug 13 – Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln On The Streets
Aug 14 – Wichita, KS @ Wave
Aug 15 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Outside
Aug 17 – Washington, PA @ Wild Things Park
Aug 18 – Cincinnati, OH @ The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park
Aug 20 – Gilford, NH @ Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug 21 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Outdoors
Aug 22 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater
Aug 23 – Columbus, OH @ EXPRESS LIVE! – Outdoors
Aug 25 – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union Live!
Aug 27 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Aug 28 – New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
Aug 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage @ Mann Music Center
Sept 1 – Bridgeport, CT @ Hartford Health Care Amphitheater in Bridgeport
Sept 18 – Chicago, IL @ Douglass Park (Riot Fest) *
Sept 24 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater +
Sept 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Civic Center – Outdoors +
Sept 27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Sept 28 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sept 29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
Oct 1 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom Outdoors
Oct 2 – Sandy, UT @ U of U Health Plaza Rio Tinto Stadium
Oct 4 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Oct 5 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater
Oct 7 – Palo Alto, CA @ Frost Amphitheater
Oct 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Discovery Park (Aftershock) *
Oct 9 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory OC Festival Grounds
Oct 10 – San Diego, CA @ Gallagher Square at Petco Park San Diego
Oct 12 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
Oct 13 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Oct 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Oct 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine LA Outdoors
* Festival date
+ without The Bronx, opener TBA