By Danielle Boise
The psychobilly rock trio, Tiger Army was aggressively passionate as they got the crowd riled up with songs like, “FTW” and “Prisoner of the Night,” as they opened for Dropkick Murphys’ 20th Anniversary Tour at the Tabernacle in the heart of downtown Atlanta on Saturday, March 5 for an absolutely sold out, ripping at the seams show.
Prior to Dropkick Murphys coming out on stage there was a video montage, more like a mini-documentary on the evolution of the band over the course of their twenty-years history. With highlights from shows out on the road, to performing at a Boston Bruins game, to interviews with Ken Casey and all the while truly encasing the deep rooted Boston pride that runs through DKM. As the video played on, the anticipation grew as cheers from the fans shook the Tabernacle to its bones; that finally erupted as Al Barr, Ken Casey and company took to the stage. After that, the night went by in a flurry of a 26-song set list that truly covered their expansive career, with songs like “The Gang’s All Here,” along with introduction to new songs, like “Rose Tattoo,” off their latest release, Signed and Sealed in Blood.
Casey got hurt at the previous show to the Atlanta stop, yet still played and performed with all his heart and soul, and rocked the faces off the fans. What I can say that I truly love about this band is that they mix things up and keep their fans on their toes, going from a rock set, into an acoustic set, followed by bring up the audience members onto the stage to take part in a sing-along still encore. These guys bleed red, white and blue and are truly humble and grateful at the opportunity that they get to go out every night and do the thing that they love. What’s not to love about that? And their passion, patriotic stance on giving back to the community and helping returning vets, makes Dropkick Murphys one the hardest working bands in the music business who connects not only to their music, but really to the heart of their fans. And boy, do their fans appreciate them.