Celtic band Dropkick Murphys heading to sold-out HOB

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Paul Harris

One of the most renowned Celtic punk bands of this generation, The Dropkick Murphys, will be making their way to the House of Blues May 3, with supporting act The Bots.

Following in the footsteps of the original Celtic punk rockers The Pogues, The Dubliners, and The Skids; The Dropkick Murphys have made a name for themselves as one of the biggest names to adorn the Celtic punk image.

The band was formed in Quincy, Mass., in 1996, where they were signed to the independent record label Hellcat Records. Under this label, they would release five studio-albums.

In 2004, the bands recorded a cover of the Boston Red Sox’s longtime anthem “Tessie.” This became the group’s first big hit and one of their biggest charting singles to date. The updated version of the old-timey tune has now become one of the Red Sox’s theme songs.

They released “The Warrior’s Code,” their last record under Hellcat, in 2005. The album included the single “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” which was featured on the feature film “The Departed,” and became the band’s only platinum-selling single.

The follow up to their 2005 hit was “The Meanest of Times,” which was released under Warner Bros. Records in 2007, and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard charts. The release featured “The State of Massachusetts,” which became the theme song for MTV’s “Nitro Circus.”

“Going Out in Style” was released in 2011 and became the band’s biggest commercial success debuting on the Billboard charts at No. 6 which is the highest the band has reached to date.

The band is currently on tour in support of their 2013 release “Signed and Sealed in Blood,” and will be joined on stage by supporting act The Bots.

Doors to the show open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are no longer available as the show has sold out.