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Dropkick Murphys, Sick Of It All,
Tiger Army
October 7, 2001
At Birch Hill
Old Bridge, NJ

by Alex Rud
November 2, 2001

File Under: Punk/Hardcore
bands performing
1) Tiger Army 
2) Sick Of It All 
3) Dropkick Murphys 
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  • Sick Of It All
  • Fat Wreck Chords
  • The day started out in panic. I was afraid that me and my freinds were not going to make it to the show. Luckily, we made it there with ease, and just in time for the doors to open, so everything is all good.

    Tiger Army went on almost right after the doors opened, and the crowd came alive.

    I really didn't know what to expect from Tiger Army, since I only know that one song off the Give Em' the Boot compilation. Even though I didn't know the songs, I was standing and enjoying the music.

    TA put on an amazing set. TA's sound consisted of Rockabilly, with an early AFI sound. The mix really worked for the group, and the crowd really reacted well.

    The NYHC legends, Sick Of It All, came next. SOIA was just amazing.I really enjoyed SOIA's set a lot, despite the place having barricades, which prevented people from going on stage, and sing along, which is the only way to view a hardcore show. People didn't seem to mind the barricades, and instead of people coming on stage, Lou (the lead singer) came down to the crowd, and made sure that everybody, up front at least, got to sing along into the mic.

    SOIA played a lot of older goodies, like: "Clobbering Time," "Scratch the Surface," "Injustice System," and a few others. They also played some songs of the never records, like: "Disco Sucks, Fuck Everything," "Sanctuary," my new favorite tune, "Hello Pricks," and many, many more. The younger crowd seemed to not know their older stuff, but I hope that by seeing them live, it will spark a new interest in those kids to go out and get their earlier stuff.

    After what had seemed like forever, Dropkick Murphys came on. The crowd started cheering as Spicy played the opening bagpipes to "For Boston." DKM went on to play a lot of their songs, but what was special about tonight was that they cranked out some of their songs that they almost never play, like: "Perfect Stranger," "Far Away Coast," "John Law," which was a treat, and many, many others.

    The show was just wonderful. I am glad that I went to catch them in NJ, since the tour is not making a stop in the city. I hope that people come out to see the American Pride with those 3 awesome bands, not just for the music, but the fact that a portion of the ticket sales will go to the families of the lost Fire Fighters.

    Alex Rud is a Staff Writer. Contact him at arud@rockzone.com.

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