Release Poignant Rendition Of
“We Shall Overcome” Single & Video
From Digital-Only Expanded Edition Of
Turn Up That Dial
Out March 18
Band To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Fans Worldwide Via
Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Free Live Stream From House Of Blues Boston
Presented By Pega
Thursday, March 17 At 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT
Dropkick Murphys have released a poignant rendition of “We Shall Overcome” as a single (available in Dolby Atmos and stereo) along with a powerful music video. The song is woven vividly into American history – not only as the celebrated anthem of the American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, but also as a protest song in the earlier labor movement. Both the history and message of the song resonated with Dropkick Murphys, longtime champions of the downtrodden and the working class.
The lyric video for “We Shall Overcome” opens with audio from Robert F. Kennedy’s somber but hopeful call for unity and compassion in Indianapolis on the day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. As the song begins, black and white footage of Dropkick Murphys is interspersed with a montage of historical photos and footage of American protest movements – from the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements to striking workers on the picket lines.
“I’ve always found this to be such a powerful protest song, as we all know from its importance in both the civil rights and labor movements, but what I love the most is its positivity. The message of hope is needed now more than ever,” says Dropkick Murphys founder and co-lead vocalist Ken Casey. “Also, nobody has done a loud, ballsy rock version – so it just needed to happen!”
On March 18, Dropkick Murphys will release a digital-only expanded edition of their Turn Up That Dial album, which will be available in both stereo and 3-dimensional Dolby Atmos mixes. The expanded album features three bonus tracks including “We Shall Overcome” and the previously released B-sides, the cover songs “James Connolly” (by Larry Kirwan) and “The Bonny” (by Gerry Cinnamon).
Pre-save the expanded edition of Turn Up That Dial HERE
Pre-save the “We Shall Overcome” single HERE
Dropkick Murphys’ tenth studio album, Turn Up That Dial was originally released April 30, 2021 via DKM’s own Born & Bred Records. Featuring tracks including “Smash Sh*t Up,” “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding” and “Good As Gold,” Turn Up That Dial was DKM’s fourth consecutive Billboard Top 10 album debut, joining 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory (2017), Signed and Sealed in Blood (2013), and Going Out In Style (2011).
Dropkick Murphys are currently on the road for their 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Tour, with support acts The Bombpops and The Rumjacks on most dates, and Boston-based Jesse Ahern opening each show. The tour concludes with Dropkick Murphys’ customary run of St. Patrick’s Day week hometown shows in Boston this week – which this year includes three sold out shows at House Of Blues (March 17, 18 & 19) and March 20 at Roadrunner (Boston’s newest concert venue). Jim Lindberg of Pennywise is confirmed as a special guest for the March 20 show, performing in support of his recently released Ted Hutt-produced solo album Songs From the Elkhorn Trail.
As previously announced, Dropkick Murphys will be sharing their St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) show with fans worldwide via the Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Free Live Stream From House Of Blues Boston, presented by Boston-area tech company Pega (a leading provider of low-code software). The festivities kick off on Thursday, March 17 at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT and will be simulcast worldwide via www.DKMstream.com.
Dropkick Murphys are: Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), Kevin Rheault (touring bassist) and Lee Forshner (touring bagpipe player).
Photo by Ken Susi
About Dropkick Murphys:
Dropkick Murphys proudly remain Boston’s rock ‘n’ roll underdogs turned champions. Since 1996, the boys have created the kind of music that’s meant to be chanted at last call, in packed arenas, and during the fourth quarter, third period, or ninth inning of a comeback rally. Their celebrated discography includes four consecutive Billboard top 10 album debuts (2021’s Turn Up That Dial, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, Signed and Sealed in Blood, Going Out In Style), along with 2005’s gold-selling The Warrior’s Code, featuring the near double platinum classic “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.” Whether you caught a legendary gig at The Rathskeller (The Rat) under Kenmore Square, found the band by taking the T to Newbury Comics to cop Do Or Die in ’98, discovered them in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed, or saw ‘em throw down at Coachella (or one of hundreds of other festivals), you’ve become a part of their extended family. Dropkick Murphys’ music has generated half-a-billion streams, they’ve quietly moved 8 million-plus units worldwide and the band has sold out gigs on multiple continents. In 2020, the band was one of the first to embrace streaming performances, starting with their Streaming Up From Boston St. Patrick’s Day virtual performance. It was followed by last year’s landmark Streaming Outta Fenway livestream, which drew more than 5.9 million viewers and held the #3 spot on Pollstar’s “Top 2020 Livestreams” chart. Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down, was #1 on Pollstar’s Livestream chart for the week ending March 22, 2021, logging over 1 million views.
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