Call Of Duty XP: Dropkick Murphys Take the Stage to End Night One

After a day of playing MW3, seeing an amazing trailer for the game and paintballing there’s really only one way to spend the night, and that’s listening to some good ole’ fashioned Irish punk rock. Yes, the first night of the CoD XP event featured none other than the Dropkick Murphys as entertainment.

The Massachusetts based band has been rocking audiences since 1996. Their song “Shipping up to Boston” was featured in the Departed and their more dedicated fans are known for showing up to concerts in kilts. Their concerts are usually high-energy spectacles with non-stop mosh pits and eager crowd surfers. However, by the time they took the stage on Friday night, most of the crowd had spent ten hours battling lines, other gamers, and paintball gun-wielding teenagers. Getting these gamers excited would be a challenge.

Although they played with their usual vigor, the Dropkick Murphys opted not to open with any of their fan favorites. This was a surprising decision given the fact they seemed a bit out of their element. Lead singer Al Barr even remarked that they’d never played anything like this before. One would think they’d start with “Shipping up to Boston” or “Fields of Athenry” to build a report with the audience, but that was not the case. Still, the show’s intensity built steadily and the crowd reacted strongly to the song “Take Em Down.” Chants of “Let’s go Murphy’s started to emerge, and the mosh pit chaos escalated.

The Murphys final three songs brought the crowd to a boiling point. Starting with “Barroom Hero” the crowd got out of hand enough to warrant security moving closer to the mosh pit. Next came “Shipping Up to Boston” and finally the Dropkick Murphys rendition of AC/DC’s TNT. Although security never had to act, the mosh pit did spill far enough into the general audience to send someone crashing into me, but it wouldn’t have been a Dropkick concert without at least one collision.

I thoroughly enjoyed the set, although I’m admittedly biased. I’ve always liked the Dropkick Murphys music and it’s exactly the type of thing I’d play to get pumped up for a game of CoD. Of course, the main event is still to come. Kanye West will be closing the festivities Saturday night. It will be interesting to see how his performance stacks up against Friday night’s show.

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