The Celtic rockers of Dropkick Murphys won’t be able to perform live on St. Patrick’s Day weekend amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Instead, the group will livestream a concert in Boston for fans across the world.
“For the first time in 24 years, we are not playing on St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” the band said in a statement over the weekend. “The current world situation is the ONLY thing that would ever stop us from doing so…This Tuesday we’re doing a DKM LIVESTREAM CONCERT to EVERYONE – ALL OVER THE WORLD!”
The live stream will take place on Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook Live. See the full announcement here.
Dropkick Murphys were originally slated to play a round of “Boston Blowout” shows starting March 13 at Boston’s Picasso Ballroom. Then, they’d play three gigs in a row at the Boston House of Blues, one show Monday night at Big Night Live, followed by a performance on St. Patrick’s Day at the House of Blues. However, over the last week, the virus has taken over the city and Massachusetts as a whole. The state has more than 160 cases; Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called for a public health emergency on Sunday. The US Centers for Disease Control has urged people to practice “social distancing” and avoid public transportation.