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Punk band Dropkick Murphys shipping up to Bangor

Photo by Kerry Brett | BDN
Photo by Kerry Brett | BDN
The Dropkick Murphys will perform on the Bangor Waterfront on Sept. 10.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — After selling out tickets to two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park in less than one hour, last week the Dropkick Murphys may find out how long it takes to get a sellout at Waterfront Pavilion.

The hard-edged Irish folk-rock-punk bar band is shipping up to Bangor on Saturday, Sept. 10, a day after a two-day, two-concert “homestand” at the home of the Boston Red Sox.

The Murphys will headline their “Sham Rock’N Roll Fest,” featuring several national and local acts, in an all-day music event starting at 11 a.m.

“We’ve been working on getting them for awhile, but nothing really came of it, so to be honest, I had dropped them into the ‘pass file’ because I didn’t think we could get them,” said Waterfront Concerts promoter Alex Gray of Old Town. “Then their manager called and said they’d like to do a date after Fenway and we got it done.”

The energetic septet has won wide acclaim for their signature sound, blending American-style rock ’n roll, Celtic folk music and classic punk rock. Their newest album, titled “Going Out in Style,” debuted in the No. 6 position on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and are available for purchase at Mark’s Music store in Brewer, online at and by phone at 783-2009.

In 14 years together, the Murphys have gone from basic Irish punk to a raging, working-class rock ’n roll band that has released seven studio albums and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. An ability to tap into a blue-collar sports fan culture all over New England has given the band a hugely loyal fan following and translated into a string of sold-out shows.

Their 2003 live album has sold more than a 250,000 copies internationally. The Dropkick Murphys’ best-known hits include platinum-selling single ”I’m Shipping Up To Boston” along with “The State Of Massachusetts” and run from Red Sox anthem “Tessie” to sad song “Forever” and humorous, sing-along bar standard “Kiss Me, I’m S—faced.”

The Sept. 10 Dropkick Murphys show brings to 14 the total number of concerts on the 2011 Waterfront Concerts series schedule. It is the 19th stop on a 26-show tour that began last Friday in Milwaukee and continues through the U.S. and Canada before going overseas to Germany and Austria. The Murphys return stateside to Boston and Bangor, jet on to California and Nevada, and finish up by going the distance all the way to England and Scotland.

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