Dropkick Murphys to Play Audience-Less Concert From Fenway Park With Bruce Springsteen | Consequence of Sound

In the early days of COVID-19, Dropkick Murphys were one of the first bands to stage a digital concert, as they streamed their annual St. Patrick’s Day concert live online. The webcast drew an audience of more than 13 million viewers and raised over $60,000 for the Boston Resiliency Fund, a nonprofit that provides essential services to Boston residents—including first responders and critical care providers — amid the pandemic. Now, the Boston punks have announced a second livestream performance that should prove even more massive. That’s because not only will they be playing live from Fenway Park, they’ll be joined via video by Bruce Springsteen.

The digital concert, aptly called Streaming Outta Fenway, will go down Friday, May 29th at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Dropkick Murphys themselves will appear live from an empty Fenway Park, marking “the first — and possibly only — time that a band plays on the baseball diamond.” As a press release notes, “the infield dirt is considered ‘sacred ground’ to baseball fans, but with the baseball season on hold because of COVID-19, an exception has been made for the beloved Boston band.” The event also marks the first music performance without an in-person audience at a major U.S. arena, stadium or ballpark.

After playing one of their own songs, Dropkick will be joined remotely by Springsteen for a collaborative performance of The Boss’ music. Springsteen previously made history at Fenway Park back in 2003 when he became the first musician to perform a ballpark-wide concert at the hallowed venue.

During the livestream, viewers will be encouraged to donate to three charities: the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America, and Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston.

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Revisit Dropkick and Springsteen’s previous onstage performance back in 2011:

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Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at 20th annual Light of Day in Asbury Park

Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at 20th annual Light of Day in Asbury Park

Chris Jordan Asbury Park Press
Published 8:45 PM EST Jan 18, 2020

Who leaves sunny Florida to fly into a New Jersey snow storm and play music on the Asbury Park boardwalk?

Bruce Springsteen, that’s who.

The Boss joined Jesse Malin on stage at the city’s Paramount Theatre for the Bob’s Birthday Bash show of the 20th annual Light of Day in Saturday, Jan. 19.

Bruce Springsteen with Jesse Malin and his band Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park for the 20th annual Light of Day Winterfest.
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“I’m going to bring out a guy, older guy, he sings pretty good,” Malin said to loud cheers.

Springsteen joined in on the Malin ballad “Broken Radio” and the rocker “Meet Me at the End of the World.”

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The Springsteen appearance came near the beginning of the show, and he’s expected back. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers are also in the bill, a band the Boss has played with in the  past.

Springsteen had just returned from Florida, where he and wife Patti Scialfa were the honorary chairs of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s “Take Me To Tokyo” gala on Friday, Jan. 17, in Wellington. Daughter Jessica Springsteen is a competitive equestrian rider.

The Light of Day Winterfest, which raises funds and awareness in the fight against Parkinson’s and related diseases, began in Asbury Park on Sunday, Jan. 12  and runs through Sunday, Jan. 19. There were also shows in Montclair, New York, Philadelphia and Europe, where a tour took place in November and December.

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The Bob’s Birthday Bash show is named after Light of Day founder Bob Benjamin of Freehold. He has Parkinson’s and has become an advocate for those with the disease.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on Bruce Springsteen and Snooki.  Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; cjordan@app.com.

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