Dropkick Murphys, HorrorpopsAt AvalonSt. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2006Photos by Melissa Ostrow
Every show at the Dropkick Murphys homestand is all-ages (not just the afternoon throwdown that took place Sat afternoon). Because that's what punks do. And verily, with the passing of every March 17, as the Dropkicks gets older, their fans seem to get younger. So while it was interesting to see the band trying their hand at Rod Stewart's golden oldie "Maggie May" last night, it was doubly heartening to hear them hurtling through an excoriating cover of "Minor Threat" (by, yup, Minor Threat) toward the end of their long set. Not only did it school the assembled young'uns in the face-melting power of hardcore punk properly played (and how!), but it showed that, even for a ten-year-old band, some of whose members are now heading into their late 30s (cough), some punk verities are timeless.
-- Mike Miliard
[Saturday recap coming tomorrow; more from Mike on DKM's long, long St. Patty's Day -- and notes on that other Irish punk band's show -- in next week's paper and online (early!) on Tuesday.]