By JOHN DALY
Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will hit the road together 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 features appearances by Dropkick Murphys and Rancid at Riot Fest in Chicago on September 18 and Aftershock in Sacramento on October 8.
Tickets for the Boston To Berkeley II Tour go on sale Friday, June 18 at 10:00 AM local time in most markets. The final band of the night will vary by date, with either Dropkick Murphys or Rancid as the closing act.
View the tour announcement video here:
“Looking forward to hitting the road with the Dropkick Murphys again for the second edition of our Boston To Berkeley Tour,” said Rancid’s Tim Armstrong. “Our good buddies The Bronx will be joining us on tour as well. See ya in the pit!”
And 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) started Rancid.
Signing with Epitaph Records, the band released their first album Rancid in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined the band. The result, in 1994, was Let’s Go. In 1995, Rancid released the classic platinum-selling …And Out Come The Wolves. 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) 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).
Since 1996 Dropkick Murphys 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.”
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||Wave|
|Sun. 8/15||Sauget, IL||Pop’s Outside|
|Tue. 8/17||Washington, PA||Wild Things Park|
|Wed. 8/18||Cincinnati, OH||The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park|
|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|