Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will hit the road together for the first time since 2017, for the co-headlining Boston To Berkeley II Tour with special guests The Bronx on most dates. The U.S. trek–which was originally scheduled for May of 2020–runs from August 10 – October 16 and will also feature festival appearances by Dropkick Murphys and Rancid at U of U Health Plaza at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on October 2nd.
Tickets for the Boston To Berkeley II Tour go on sale Friday, June 18 at 8:00 AM MDT and can be purchased at riotintostadium.com. The final band of the night will vary by date, with either Dropkick Murphys or Rancid as the closing act. Visit www.DropkickMurphys.com and www.RancidRancid.com for more details and to purchase tickets.
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 said, “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 and Dropkick Murphys have a long and important history together. Back in 1997, Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen came across a copy of Dropkick Murphys’ original EP at a friend’s house. He turned it over to his bandmate and Hellcat Records president Tim Armstrong, who quickly snatched up the band for his new label.
Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkeley, California, Rancid has now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century. Back in 1991, after the demise of their much beloved first band, Operation Ivy, founding members Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) decided to do the impossible – start an even better band. Thus, Rancid. Signing with Epitaph Records, the band released their first album Rancid in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined the band, because…well, are you going to tell him he can’t? The result, in 1994, was Let’s Go. In 1995, Rancid released the classic platinum-selling …And Out Come The Wolves. You still remember when you first heard it. They followed with the even more ambitious Life Won’t Wait in 1998, and in 2000, Rancid released another album entitled Rancid, just to see if anyone was paying attention. After Indestructible in 2003, Branden Steineckert (drums) joined to solidify Rancid’s current lineup. They subsequently released the albums Let The Dominos Fall (2009) and Honor Is All We Know (2014). And out now is another immediate classic, Trouble Maker (2017).
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. Dropkick Murphys is: 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).
The Dropkick Murphys / Rancid Boston To Berkeley II tour dates are as follows:
|Tue. 8/10||Waite Park, MN||The Ledge Amphitheater – Waite Park|
|Wed. 8/11||Kansas City, MO||Grinders|
|Fri. 8/13||Lincoln, NE||Lincoln On The Streets|
|Sat. 8/14||Wichita, KS||The Wave|
|Sun. 8/15||Sauget, IL||Pop’s Outside|
|Tue. 8/17||Washington, PA||Wild Things Park|
|Wed. 8/18||Cincinnati, OH||ICON|
|Fri. 8/20||Gilford, NH||Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion|
|Sat. 8/21||Worcester, MA||The Palladium Outdoors|
|Sun. 8/22||Lewiston, NY||Artpark Amphitheater|
|Mon. 8/23||Columbus, OH||EXPRESS LIVE! – Outdoors|
|Wed. 8/25||Richmond, VA||Virginia Credit Union Live!|
|Fri. 8/27||Asbury Park, NJ||Stone Pony Summerstage|
|Sat. 8/28||New York, NY||Forest Hills Stadium|
|Tue. 8/31||Philadelphia, PA||Skyline Stage @ Mann Music Center|
|Wed. 9/1||Bridgeport, CT||Hartford Health Care Amphitheater in Bridgeport|
|Sat. 9/18||Chicago, IL||Douglass Park (Riot Fest) *|
|Fri. 9/24||Nashville, TN||Ascend Amphitheater +|
|Sat. 9/25||Atlanta, GA||Atlanta Civic Center – Outdoors +|
|Mon. 9/27||Corpus Christi, TX||Concrete Street Amphitheatre|
|Tue. 9/29||Grand Prairie, TX||Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie|
|Wed. 9/29||Oklahoma City, OK||The Zoo Amphitheatre|
|Fri. 10/1||Denver, CO||Mission Ballroom Outdoors|
|Sat. 10/2||Sandy, UT||U of U Health Plaza Rio Tinto Stadium|
|Mon. 10/4||Nampa, ID||Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater|
|Tue. 10/5||Seattle, WA||WAMU Theater|
|Thu. 10/7||Palo Alto, CA||Frost Amphitheater|
|Fri. 10/8||Sacramento, CA||Discovery Park (Aftershock) *|
|Sat. 10/9||Santa Ana, CA||Observatory OC Festival Grounds|
|Sun. 10/10||San Diego, CA||Gallagher Square at Petco Park San Diego|
|Tue. 10/12||Mesa, AZ||Mesa Amphitheatre|
|Wed. 10/13||Paso Robles, CA||Vina Robles Amphitheatre|
|Fri. 10/15||Las Vegas, NV||Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas|
|Sat. 10/16||Los Angeles, CA||Shrine LA Outdoors|
|* Festival date|
|+ without The Bronx, opener TBA|
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About Rio Tinto Stadium
Rio Tinto Stadium has been home to Real Salt Lake since October of 2008 and has housed the Major League Soccer team through its most successful years including its 2009 MLS Cup Championship and 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League run in which RSL finished runners-up, the furthest any MLS team has reached in the prestigious international club tournament. Rio Tinto Stadium plays host to RSL’s 17 home MLS regular season matches as well as matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and friendlies featuring some of the top international clubs in the world. The 20,000-seat venue is located in Sandy, Utah, and sits at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and features views that are among the best in North American professional sports. With the America First Credit Union Pavilion, Midfield Club and University of Utah Health Plaza, the venue offers a variety of entertainment options outside of the stadium field to host a broad spectrum of events.