Dropkick Murphys Receive Threats from Neo-Nazis After St. Patrick’s Day Incident

After a band member beat up a man who made a nazi-related gesture at a New York show, someone threatened the group members.

Ever since a band member from the Dropkick Murphys strong-armed a concert-goer who made a Nazi gesture on stage at a pre-St. Patrick’s Day show in New York City, the group has received threats from neo-nazis in Australia.

A photo tweeted to more than 64,000 followers from the Boston band’s official account early Friday morning showed an email the Murphys’ management received, warning the band not to show up in Australia unless they wanted to be assaulted by a group of neo-nazis.

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The angry email came just days after video of bassist Ken Casey punching a man with a shaved head who made the “heil Hitler” gesture on stage surfaced from the St. Patrick’s Day concert and was circulated online. According to a report from Rocksoff.com, the band invited people onto the stage for a few songs, including the tune “Skinhead on the MBTA.” As the Dropkick Murphy’s began playing “T.N.T.” by AC/DC, the man made the nazi salute while facing the crowd.

That’s when Casey went off, Rocksoff.com reports:

Casey noticed this and ran right over to the guy, smashed him in the face, took off his bass and hit him with that and then jumped on him and all out chaos ensued.  We could only assume from our vantage point that said nazi got his ass kicked.

Several videos recorded during the show were posted online and show Casey brawling with the man. After the fight ended, Casey walked to the microphone at the front of the stage and said, “Nazis are not [expletive] welcome at a Dropkick Murphys show.”

The group recently announced a worldwide tour, which coincidentally will make stops in five cities in Australia. Let’s hope they can avoid any future fisticuffs.


Steve Annear Steve Annear, Digital Writer at Boston Magazine sannear@bostonmagazine.com