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Dropkick Murphys don't need St. Patrick's Day to throw a party

for Journal Register Newspapers

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The idea of a Halfway To St. Patrick's Day tour ranks right up there with "it's five o'clock somewhere" as a reason to have a good time. And Dropkick Murphys don't deny it.

"It sounded like a dandy marketing scheme," acknowledges bassist Ken Casey, the sole remaining founding member of the Boston Celtic rock group. "We're always looking for a good excuse to come out and play -- especially in Detroit. "It was one of the first places that really embraced us. Back in '97 we had toured around the northeast and had flown out to California to do some shows, but we hadn't done a lot of full-on, legitimate headlining around the country.

"So we were playing Detroit one night in '97. All we had was an EP out and some singles, and there were over 200 people there. We just love cities like Detroit -- rock 'n' roll towns, blue collar towns."

Casey and company will be doing more than hoisting a few St. Patty's toasts, however. The Murphys will be previewing songs from "Signed and Sealed in Blood," a new album that's due out in January. It will be the group's second album for its Born & Bred Records label, following 2011's conceptual "Going Out in Style."

"We like it; it's kind of like put your money where your mouth is, put up or shut up," Casey says of the imprint. "If the label didn't do the job, there's no one else to blame but ourselves now. We're all kinds of hands-on guys; we started wtih our own label, Flat Records, and used to put out local 45s and stuff, so we're right back where we started."

Dropkick Murphys, Creepshow and Elle King perform Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$50. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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