Dave King knows there's a bit of dismay that this year's Green 17 tour -- the 10th annual late winter outing by his band Flogging Molly -- will be the last.
But he begs some indulgence from the fans.
"Green 17 is a great, great thing. It's incredible," says King, 52, an Irish native an former member of the hard rock band Fastway who spends half the year in Ferndale with his wife and fellow Flogging Molly member Bridget Regan. "But it ties us down to doing this one thing at a certain time of the year, and we want to do some different things and play some different places and not be tied up like we have been."
So when Flogging Molly's management was showing King the previous nine years' worth of Green 17 tour posters -- which included then-fledgling opening acts such as Fitz & the Tantrums, Frank Turner and the Drowning Men -- King had an epiphany. "It was kind of like the 1920s boxing thing; I kinda went, 'How about making it the 10th and final round,' " he explains. "It's a fitting way to go, I think."
Flogging Molly has "lots of things" it's working on in various stages, King says, which will benefit from having the Green 17 window freed. First up is a new album, which will be the first since 2011's Detroit-inspired "Speed of Darkness" and will likely get under way in earnest between St. Patrick's Day and the start of Flogging Molly's European tour in June.
"Between my iPad and my iPhone, I don't know where to start, there's so many ideas," says King, "and that's not counting Bridget and Dennis (Casey) and Nate (Maxwell) and Matt (Hensley) and everybody else and what they've got. There isn't any sense of direction at this point, but there's definitely a lot of great ideas, so I'm looking forward to working on those."
King is keeping other projects under wraps right now, but he's looking forward to having the time to pursue them.
"We just want to do different things and find different ways of doing things," he says. "After all these years of touring, album, tour, tour, tour, we need to concentrate on doing this maybe a little more out of the box, you know what I mean? It's time for that."
Flogging Molly's Green 17 tour plays Thursday, March 6, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $36 and $27. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.
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