On Sept. 10, Boston rockers the Dropkick Murphys helped us kick off the 2015 season in awesome way. The band got Gillette Stadium pumped up during an unforgettable banner raising ceremonythat also featured the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and rapper T-Pain.
On Sunday, frontman Ken Casey was back in Foxborough to enjoy game day as a fan. We caught up with him on the field just before kickoff to talk about that opening day performance, Boston sports fans and how the band keeps up with their hometown teams while on the road.
What was it like to be part of the banner raising ceremony?
We had done an anthem here once years ago, but it was like the last game of the season, so we had never really experienced the intensity of such a big game. It was awesome. We've done stuff with the other [Boston] teams so it was great to get the ask from the Patriots and the Krafts. We were honored.
How does that moment rank among all the big games you've played at?
Oh, that's up there. For a non-playoff game that's probably got to be the first. Definitely top three. The atmosphere was unbelievable. It's just a different level. And I think this year, especially when everyone just wants to kind of stick it to all the haters, it was awesome. We loved it. We'll play here anytime.
Was it the biggest crowd you've performed for?
We play a lot of festivals in Europe that have the big 100,000-person crowds. But I'd rather do this any day [laughs].
Speaking of Europe, you have some tour dates across the pond scheduled for next year. What else is on the agenda for the Dropkick Murphys?
We're coming up on the 20th anniversary of the band in the new year. We have a show at Fenway on Nov. 22 for the Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. After that we're going on tour in 2016 to celebrate 20 years of the band.
Everyone knows you guys are huge Boston sports fans. When you're out on tour, how do you stay connected to the hometown teams?
Oh, it's easy now with the computer. We're watching all the big games online. Sometimes if there's a night game, we'll be outside the venue with a computer up to the wall, using the venue's wifi, watching a game at four in the morning. It's amazing to be able to do that. I remember when the band first started touring I'd be so disconnected to what's going on, and now I can see everything.
Having played at tons of sporting events over the years, what are your thoughts on Boston fans?
I mean, I'm biased, but – and I've been to games all over – I think they're just the greatest. Passionate but knowledgeable. Like I said, I'm biased but I think we're better than everybody [laughs].
Last time you came to Gillette Stadium it was for business but this time you get to just be a fan. What are you most excited about today?
It's my daughter's first game and my boys have never been down on the field before. It's all about the kids today, which is awesome.
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