Top of Mind: Ken Casey, Extended Version
Dropkick Murphys Frontman, Publican, Philanthropist, Lucky Bastard, 41, Hingham
KC: I did. I signed up, because a fan asked me to do it. I go online and I sign up, and I come to find out it’s just a scam to get you to buy the books and all of that, you know, if you want to do it for real. But I was just doing it to grant the wish of these fans who wanted to get married onstage. And I’ll tell you what, putting that bit on the album, that I’m an ordained minister – it was the worst thing that could ever have happened to me. We got letters for years. I still get asked, “Can you marry us?” I really think that after this music career is over, I could buy those books and potentially have a career as a minister. A lot of people wanted me to marry them, and I always just said that I don’t want to make a mockery of the institution of marriage. And besides, I know I will curse your future, so I’ll just pass. And I never actually did get to marry anyone, because that couple I was supposed to marry onstage for the CD – she dumped the guy. I can’t remember what happened. But I won’t marry anyone, and we will not play weddings. I remember we played one wedding for a buddy of ours in Milwaukee. We went all of the way out there and learned all of these crazy covers just to be entertaining for the wedding. And they told us, “Don’t worry, it’s going to be all of the young kids, and the older people will all be way in the back. It will be just like a show.” And we went, and it was just the opposite: It was all of the old people at the tables right in front, and they’re going, “What the hell is this?” And then a bunch of guys ended up hammered and ended up onstage doing an act I’ve never seen before or since, thank God. You can’t print this in Boston magazine, but they…
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That’s the last memory we have of playing a wedding. Maybe if you touch on it, you can just call it a “horrific event” or a “scarring moment that led to them never playing a wedding again.”
MRB: Wow, I don’t even want that image in my memory! And I had asked what the weirdest moment was that you’d ever had at a show…
KC: Yeah, that doubles down on that! But we’ve had everything from just the most bizarre things, like we’ve caught people having sex in our backstage when we come offstage. We come onto our bus and find that someone broke in and is lying in the bunks. We’ve had people vomiting onstage. I can’t even stop. There’ve been so many weird things. Are you talking on the stage or around the show? I mean, oh man, it’s just a litany. We’ve had tours that almost had to be canceled because band members were surfing on the roof of a car and fell off and broke their arm. We’ve had people missing. We played a show in Finland and ended up in Russia on the wrong side of the border with a flare being shot at us, and we’re looking up and realizing we were under a guard tower in Russia. The list goes on and on. I don’t even know where to start with that question.
MRB: Do you ever look back nostalgically on those times when you were just getting started, or are you feeling good just kicking back with your bottle of Cristal?
KC: Nah, come on, I don’t drink Cristal…. We have a lot of good laughs. And I will say this, and it’s my answer whenever asked, that had I known what I was getting into, I don’t know if I could do it again, or would do it again. Seriously, it’s a roller-coaster ride, and it’s just the travel and the amount of time spent away from home. I look at the itineraries of some of the years and think, “Holy