Dropkick Murphys returned to Boston’s most famous stomping grounds on Friday, May 29 for their free live streaming concert, Streaming Outta Fenway, which marked the first-ever music event without an in-person audience at a major U.S. venue, and the first music performance directly on the infield at Boston’s legendary Fenway Park.
During the show, the band was joined remotely by longtime friend Bruce Springsteen for a special two song “Double Play” that included Dropkick Murphys’ “Rose Tattoo” and Springsteen’s “American Land.”
Streaming Outta Fenway raised over $700,000 and counting for charities Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America®, and Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston, with the help of fans and a generous $51,000 donation and $100,000 matching pledge from Pega. Celebrities including Kevin Bacon, actor Mike O’Malley, Jack O’Callaghan of the 1980 “Miracle On Ice” Olympic hockey team, Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch and others joined with video messages supporting the text-to-donate charity campaign.
Introduced by longtime Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione (accompanied remotely by Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor), Dropkick Murphys took positions around the infield and launched into a nearly two hour set.
In addition to the “Double Play” with Bruce Springsteen, the set included a cover of Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” Red Sox victory songs “Tessie” and “Dirty Water” (The Standells), a stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace” and the band’s own somber “4-15-13” along with several familiar DKM classics.