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Flogging Molly at the Masonic, 5 Things To Know
A year after the release of its sixth album, ‚ÄúLife Is Good,‚ÄĚ the members of Flogging Molly still feel the same way.
The Celtic rock group -- whose Dave King and Bridget Regan reside part of the year in Regan‚Äôs native Detroit (drummer Mike Alonso is a former member of the city‚Äôs Electric 6) -- has been a steady presence since its 1999 formation, winning critical acclaim along with a worldwide fan base earned via heavy touring. Its latest outing is along-awaited spring/summer trek with kindred musical spirits Dropkick Murphys.
King, 56, took a few minutes to fill us in on the good life by phone from the tour‚Äôs stop in Cleveland...
‚ÄĘ A Flogging Molly tour with Dropkick Murphys has ‚Äúbeen a long time coming,‚ÄĚ according to King, who says it‚Äôs an easy fit for a touring package. ‚ÄúWe all get along really well, which is really good. We‚Äôre pretty mellow, I think. We‚Äôve been doing it for a long time, the both of us. We know we can‚Äôt be getting burnt out every night. I think both bands had to find their feet on the first few albums we‚Äôve made, find our own territory and own position. I think we‚Äôre both very comfortable now with what we‚Äôre doing.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ King says that ‚Äúit doesn‚Äôt seem like a year‚ÄĚ since ‚ÄúLife Is Good‚ÄĚ came out, but he‚Äôs still as positive about the album now as he was when it was released. ‚ÄúThe new songs have gone over so incredibly. The crowd seem to really love them. I think when you mix it with our older stuff it makes for nice entertainment in the sense that there‚Äôs not just one-pattern kind of shenanigans going on. There‚Äôs a bit of depth there on top of the madness.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ The album‚Äôs title is taken from an encounter King and Regan had with his mother in Ireland just before her death. ‚ÄúShe sat me and Bridget down just before she passed and said, ‚ÄėDo us a favor; Enjoy yourself, ‚Äėcause I did. Life is good,‚Äô and she had a...hard life but she made the best of it and she enjoyed it. It meant a lot to have that attitude from her when I was growing up. So even though she passed away it was very positive, and we wanted the album to be like that -- Yeah, life is hard, it‚Äôs not easy, but there‚Äôs no harm in having a good time and being positive about it.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ Flogging Molly will be touring until the end of the year, but King and company are already starting to think about a next recording project for the band. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre talking about doing a few things, maybe for around St. Patrick‚Äôs Day. We might go in and record an EP or something like that, just keep things coming out, maybe, as opposed to waiting a long time. Because we tour so much it‚Äôs hard getting albums together; We literally have to make the time, ‚Äėcause we could tour constantly if we wanted.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ King and Regan ‚Äútry to balance‚ÄĚ their life on both sides of the pond but like having the two places to call home. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs nice,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúIf we‚Äôre doing a European tour we can spend more time in Ireland. If it‚Äôs an American tour we can spend more time in Detroit. Obviously Bridget was born and raised here; She‚Äôs an amazing musician traveling the world wearing the Detroit cap. We spend as much time there as we can, and it‚Äôs great to see (the city) moving the way it is, compared to, like, 10 years ago. It‚Äôs brilliant.‚ÄĚ
If You Go:
‚ÄĘ Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and Jake Burns
‚ÄĘ 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.
‚ÄĘ The Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Ave., Detroit.
‚ÄĘ Tickets are $39.50-$50.
‚ÄĘ Call 313-638-2724 or visit themasonic.com.
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