Dropkick Murphys & Rancid to Tour

Boston to Berkeley II

June 14, 2021 by Traci Turner
Yet another amazing concert announcement to welcome us back to live shows! Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will co-headline their Boston to Berkeley II Tour in the US.
Originally planned for 2020, the tour kicks off in August and runs through October. OC residents can see the bands in Santa Ana, plus take short trips to see them in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Paso Robles. Both bands will also appear at major festivals: Riot Fest in Chicago (September 18th) and Aftershock in Sacramento (October 8th).
At the tour announcement, Rancid’s Tim Armstrong said, “Looking forward to hitting the road with the Dropkick Murphys again for the second edition of our Boston To Berkeley Tour. Our good buddies The Bronx will be joining us on tour as well.  See ya in the pit!”
Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey added, “Can’t wait to get back out there and kick the touring door open again. This is a great lineup and we are gonna take the country by storm.” 
Rancid has been at this for a quarter of a century now, but remains as fresh as when they were newbies. Founding Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) released their first Rancid album in 1993, then added Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) to them team. The trio released the epic albums “Let’s Go” and “…And Out Come the Wolves.” The band continued to have success with “Life Won’t Wait” and “Rancid.” After releasing “Indestructible,” Branden Steineckert (drums) was added to the band and the line-up remains as is. They have continued to release solid albums and always put on an amazing live show.
Dropkick Murphys – required St. Patrick’s Day soundtrack that also fits in all year long – have always given us music that becomes a rallying track for anything in life. With four consecutive Billboard top 10 albums (“Turn Up That Dial,” “11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory,” “Signed and Sealed in Blood,” and “Going Out In Style”), they prove they are worthy of our attention. They kept us entertained with livestreams during lockdown, and now they are ready to be back in our face in person. Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), 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) will see you from stage soon.
The two bands have toured with each other before and have a long history together. In 1997, Rancid’s Lars Fredericksen came into possession of the original Dropkick Murphys EP. He passed it onto Armstrong, who snagged the band for his record label. (So this is like touring with your boss?!)
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The final band of each show will alternate and most of the dates will have special guest The Bronx. Tickets go on sale this Friday (June 18th) at 10 a.m. in each time zone.




The Dropkick Murphys / Rancid Boston To Berkeley II tour dates:
Tue. 8/10Waite Park, MNThe Ledge Amphitheater – Waite Park
Wed. 8/11Kansas City, MOGrinders
Fri. 8/13Lincoln, NELincoln On The Streets
Sat. 8/14Wichita, KSWave
Sun. 8/15Sauget, ILPop’s Outside
Tue. 8/17Washington, PAWild Things Park
Wed. 8/18Cincinnati, OHThe ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park
Fri. 8/20Gilford, NHBank Of New Hampshire Pavilion 
Sat. 8/21Worcester, MAThe Palladium Outdoors
Sun. 8/22Lewiston, NYArtpark Amphitheater
Mon. 8/23Columbus, OHEXPRESS LIVE! – Outdoors 
Wed. 8/25Richmond, VAVirginia Credit Union Live! 
Fri. 8/27Asbury Park, NJStone Pony Summerstage 
Sat. 8/28New York, NYForest Hills Stadium 
Tue. 8/31Philadelphia, PASkyline Stage @ Mann Music Center 
Wed. 9/1Bridgeport, CTHartford Health Care Amphitheater in Bridgeport
Sat. 9/18Chicago, ILDouglass Park (Riot Fest) *
Fri. 9/24Nashville, TNAscend Amphitheater +
Sat. 9/25Atlanta, GAAtlanta Civic Center – Outdoors +
Mon. 9/27Corpus Christi, TXConcrete Street Amphitheatre
Tue. 9/29Grand Prairie, TXTexas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie
Wed. 9/29Oklahoma City, OKThe Zoo Amphitheatre
Fri. 10/1Denver, COMission Ballroom Outdoors
Sat. 10/2Sandy, UTU of U Health Plaza Rio Tinto Stadium
Mon. 10/4Nampa, IDFord Idaho Center Amphitheater
Tue. 10/5Seattle, WAWAMU Theater
Thu. 10/7Palo Alto, CAFrost Amphitheater
Fri. 10/8Sacramento, CADiscovery Park (Aftershock) *
Sat. 10/9Santa Ana, CAObservatory OC Festival Grounds
Sun. 10/10San Diego, CAGallagher Square at Petco Park San Diego
Tue. 10/12Mesa, AZMesa Amphitheatre
Wed. 10/13Paso Robles, CAVina Robles Amphitheatre
Fri. 10/15Las Vegas, NVTheater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Sat. 10/16Los Angeles, CAShrine LA Outdoors
* Festival date 
+ without The Bronx, opener TBA 
Boston to Berkeley Tour Schedule
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