Dropkick Murphys came to Brooklyn Bowl with Hatebreed and Russ Rankin, the vocalist of Good Riddance for what surely should be an epic show! If you didn't know about this show, you may have missed our preview, but that's cool. You can still find it here .
We got to the venue shortly after 8 because the Linq construction made it a monstrosity to get to the promenade that Brooklyn Bowl is located in. We got our tickets and went to the line to get to the floor before promptly being told we had to use separate entrances than each other. Obviously this resulted in being separated from before even making it to the floor where the show was being held.
Russ Rankin was already on stage and seemed to have either been rushed or had bad technical issues because he was off the stage before 8:30. The two songs we saw sounded great though.
Hatebreed hit the stage at 8:45 and played a high energy 45 minute set and told stories of their first tour with the Dropkicks 20 years earlier with Motörhead.
The circle pits were heavy as the music and ended with destroy everything as the crowd went nuts.
Next up at 10:00 was the headliner and obvious band everyone was there to see. Dropkick Murphys.
They promptly played the most lackluster set I’ve ever seen them play. It was still very high energy with Al Barr. Ken Kasey flew around the crowd like a weird hype man since he doesn’t play bass anymore.
It seemed they may have played a tamed down set due to it being all ages, but over all it was mostly a set of stuff they probably wanted to play as opposed to crowd favorites.
That being said they still put on a great show. I just wished for more personal favorites. I would definitely see them again.
To find out what else is coming to Brooklyn Bowl, check out their site HERE .
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