If there was ever a band that could be tied to the city of Boston and its sports teams, it is certainly Dropkick Murphy’s. They’re a band that reminds you a lot of the Boston Bruins. They’re a lot alike. They love the fans even more than the fans love them. Both the team and the band often go out of their way to go to charitable events, and raise money and awareness for local social causes. They also have a profound and deep loathing of the Montreal Canadiens.
Dropkick Murphy’s chose to bring their Irish-infused punk to their rival’s hometown last weekend. They were playing the Heavy Montreal festival, surrounded by tens of thousands of fans many wearing the colors of the bleu, blanc, et rouge. So what does a true black and gold band do?
They act like the band that has been playing their brand of music for decades. One of their members, Ken Casey (vocalist, bass) chose to shout out his undying love for his hometown hockey team. Casey then chose to raise the stakes by having his son Liam bring out a little Canadiens plush doll tied to a hockey stick. The Habs plush doll was then battered around the stage. Then they chose to behead the doll before the crowd. Needless to say, fifty thousand ticked off Habs fans expressed their displeasure. (It is unclear at this time how many of their fans dialed 9-1-1 in protest.)
Nothing like a pack of cool cats going out for some fun at Club Rottweiler eh?
So, what’s a band to do once you beard the lion in its’ own den? You play your signature song, “Shipping Up To Boston”.