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Dropkick Murphys
08/03/2004 (interview with James Lynch)

So how have the band got from being a bunch of friends in Boston to being the success DKM are today? And how have you had fun along the way?

We just played, and somehow have gotten to where we are now. Ken is quite a business man, so he always wanted to keep trying new things and pushing the envelope.

Boston obviously has a strong Irish community - can you explain once and for all how come it has influenced your music so much? And where do the bag pipes fit in?

We all grew up listening to irish music. many of our grandparents came from there, and we grew up with them, and thats what they listened too. even if we didnt like it back then, we now realize its part of our heritage and see the beauty in it.

You have just been on your European and UK tour. How has it gone? How do you find the audiences differ on this side of the pond?

This last tour was good. iIm actually sitting in a hotel room waiting to go to the airport for home. the european and uk audiences are a little older than our us audience. alot of younger kids have gotten into our music at home, but in europe the older guys tend to like us.

Which band have you most enjoyed touring with ever, and which has been the worse? Which band would you love to tour with (alive or dead).

Cant name a specific band i liked touring with the most. every tour we go on, we get to meet new people and make new friends. i would love to have been able to tour with the Ramones!

Your website always seems to be up to date which is great, and I notice you have a fan area - how important is this side of things?

I think its very important, we want to keep people intersted in what we are doing , so we want to make it exciting to check the site. we also rely on our supporters a lot. if it werent for them, we wouldnt be anywhere. we figured a small way to pay them back would be to dedicate a section of the site for things just for them


Which record took the longest to make and/or cost the most money? And which are you most proud of and why?

Dont know about the money stuff, that isnt my area of work, i just play music. id say we are most proud of Blackout. it was really slow going at first with the writing, it seemed like we all had writers block, but once stuff started happening for us. it turned out great.

How has the scene change since you first started out? And what can be done to make it better?

I dont see too many changes. it definitely isnt as friendly as it was when i went to shows. when i was younger, you knew everyone at the show, and talked to everyone, now i see kids just sticking with their friends and not really socializing. i think thats needs some work,be friendly everyone.

Tell the readers five facts about the band / band members they will not know

if i told, then they wouldnt not know.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2004.

We should be touring a lot and then towards the fall will start working on a new record if all goes according to plan.

Any final comments?

Thanks again.

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