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Dropkick Murphys, Bruce Springsteen prepare stream dream from Fenway Park
Dropkick Murphys expected a relatively modest viewer count for its streamed St. Patrick's Day concert in March.
A turnout of 13 million, however, "really knocked us on our asses," according to singer Al Barr. And it got the Boston-based Celtic rock outfit thinking big.
That's manifested into "Streaming Outta Fenway" at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, when the sextet will play live -- socially distanced and sans audience -- from Boston's iconic baseball stadium, streaming the show via its Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch pages.
Upping the ante; It will be joined by good pal Bruce Springsteen, remotely from New Jersey.
The two acts plan to spend 90 minutes alternating songs, a "double play" scenario that Barr and his bandmates never imagined being part of before the novel coronavirus pandemic took everyone off the road.
"This seems to be the way to your music out there right now in a 'safe' way," Barr says by phone from his home in New Hampshire. "And we're the Dropkick Murphys; How are you gonna do a live concert out of Boston? Fenway Park just makes sense, doesn't it?"
The band is certainly no stranger to the iconic baseball stadium; It's performed there seven times, according to Barr, including World Series victory celebrations. This, however, will be the first time the group members have actually played on the field, standing 30 yards apart from each other after rigorous daily questionnaires and testing in order to be cleared by city and Boston Red Sox officials.
And Barr, for one, doesn't feel that abundance of caution is unwarranted.
"I'm a germaphobe," he says. "I had masks before people even knew there were masks. I'm not with the relaxing of anything yet. It's not my business to judge other people, but for myself I'm going to continue to wear glove and a mask and practice social distancing until we figure out just what's going on with this thing."
Springsteen, meanwhile, is no stranger to playing with Dropkick Murphys. The two acts have shared the stage a number of times, and Springsteen has also recorded with the band -- on its 2011 album "Going Out in Style" and on the 2013 track "Rose Tattoo" which raised funds for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
"We've had a rapport with Bruce for a number of years now -- I think since 2008," Barr says. "We found out he was a fan years ago and we struck up a friendship with him. The fact that he's lending his talents to this is so great. It's really an honor."
The concert will also solicit donations for Feeding America, Habitat For Humanity and the Boston Resiliency Fund.
"This is our chance to deliver unto fans what might be our only concert this summer," Barr says, "so we're giving it both barrels and we're just gonna go for it, and hopefully it'll go well. We've played there before...but always with people, so it's going to be very different. And we're going to be actually playing on the (infield) diamond, which has never been done. It's really cool."
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