This post is going to be nothing but avid fangirling on my part. Love me anyways? Please?
Monday night, Suzan Butler and I went to go see the Dropkick Murphys playing in Dallas at the House of Blues.
Now, maybe you should understand my history with this band before I get too far into this story. You see, I started listening to DKM when I was 13. The first song I heard of theirs was Gang’s All Here, and it was because I was vegging out watching MTV. I happened to record the video, and I watched it over and over and over and over again. I’ll admit, that as a stupid thirteen year old, at the height of the Napster craze, I did download several of their songs. However, I’ve since bought all of their albums, sometimes in multiples, so hopefully I’ve made up for being young and dumb.
Let’s do the math here. I was 13 when I started listening to them. I am now 27. The band is 16 years old. That means that for all but their first two years as a group, I’ve been a fan. That’s a long time to love a band.
I’ve never seen them before last night, which made it all the more special. But, this isn’t the first time I’ve tried to see them. When I was thirteen, and bands still listed their personal emails on their website, I briefly emailed back and forth with the lead singer. I even had an IM pen-pal that might have been him. Honestly, it could have been someone else pretending to be him, but I’ll never know! It still made a thirteen year old me very excited, even if my mom wouldn’t let me go to the club district of Dallas to go watch them and have a quick guitar lesson. The few times I have been in the same state as they were, the shows were already sold out or I was really broke.
So last night was the FINALLY point of being in love with a band. I FINALLY got to go see them. And it was awesome. They put on a great show, and had some fantastic opening acts, which included They Mahones, a punk band with a super sexy female accordion player, and Frank Turner, a folky inspired rock band from the UK. Both opening acts now reside on my iPod. They’re different, but very awesome to listen to. I’d love to see them again when/if they come through Dallas.
DKM’s set was awesome. I pretty much expected the crowd to do what it did. During the first two acts people pushed around a little, some people did a little dancing, but when DKM started, it was a huge mosh pit. Not hardcore dancing, a real mosh pit. The whole pushing around, a little flailing, some crowd surfing. In hindsight, I should have noted down the set list, but I didn’t. Wish I would have! They did play my favorite songs though, so that was awesome. They varied up the performance a bit, doing some standing up in a usual set up, and then broke out some stools and lined up across the stage. They did two backdrops during the set. And! The drummer had a Bruins kick drum cover. It was awesome.
I could say a lot more about this show. I want to. I was really excited to go, and had a great time. Expect tomorrow to be thirteen blurry camera pictures of the band!