Happy St. Patrick’s Week! The Dropkick Murphys come up a lot in my new book, Celtic Punk Superfan, but here’s a story that didn’t make the cut.
At my last job, I was an editor for books about music. I worked on My Riot, the 2017 memoir by Roger Miret of the legendary hardcore band Agnostic Front, which included a foreword by Dropkick Murphys singer Al Barr. As a longtime Dropkick Murphys fan, I was glad to edit Barr’s piece.
Barr begins his foreword by describing his first Agnostic Front show, when he was fifteen. He calls it a “life changer,” and he learned “all about furious, sincere facial expressions” from Miret.
Fast-forward to Barr’s first tour as the singer of the Dropkick Murphys in the late ’90s:
Best wishes to both Barr, who is sitting out the Dropkick Murphys’ current tour while taking care of his ailing mother, and Miret, who recently battled cancer that’s now in remission. Don’t miss the Dropkick Murphys’ free St. Patrick’s Day livestream on Thursday!