Dropkick Murphys / Rancid – Festival Pier – Philadephia, PA – 8/3/17

Punk rock and summer, a combination that goes well together.  There is something  magical about driving around blasting those punk rock anthems with the windows down during this time of year.  There is also something magical about hearing punk rock blast through Philadelphia with the Benjamin Franklin bridge in the distance while the sun sets.  This wonderful night was completed with the voices of thousands of fans singing along to the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid on their stop in Philadelphia for their From Boston to Berkeley tour.  The east coast dates featured Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers and New Jersey’s Bouncing Souls while Dropkick Murphys and Rancid headlined depending on the coast.  Rancid focused on playing many numbers off …And Out Come The Wolves, while Dropkick Murphys bounced all over their catalog.  One thing was for sure, both bands proved that you are never too old for punk rock.  Tim Armstrong of Rancid swung his guitar around constantly while belting out his words, and Al Barr spent more time with the crowd than the stage.  However, the highlight of this entire tour is when both bands joined each other on stage for a four song covers encore, definitely a magical way to end a show.  For a summer tour, this may very well be the best, not only for the lineup, but for the camaraderie and unity this show brings to each city.



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