Dropkick Murphys and Rancid are teaming up for the “Boston to Berkeley II Tour” across North America this spring. The co-headlining run is the second time the punk acts have teamed up after their initial trek together in 2017.
Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon and Jesse Ahern will support the tour, which kicks off May 3rd at Epicenter Festival in Concord, North Carolina, and ends on May 24th in Lewiston, New York.
The name of the tour refers to the bands’ hometowns — Boston for Dropkick Murphys and Berkeley for Rancid — and not the actual tour routing. The route hits a number of major markets, including additional festival appearances at Welcome to Rockville on May 8th and Sonic Temple on May 17th.
“We’re excited to team up with our old friends Rancid again for the second edition of the Boston To Berkeley tour,” Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey said in a press release. “And we’ll be joined by Glasgow, Scotland superstar Gerry Cinnamon – on his first U.S. tour!”
Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen added: “Looking forward to getting out with the Dropkick Murphys again… This is one you won’t wanna miss.”
Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will alternate closing out shows, with both bands getting together for a jam and the end of the night.
It’s fitting the two acts find themselves touring together deep into their successful careers. It was Frederiksen who helped the Dropkick Murphys get a record deal after passing their debut EP on to Rancid bandmate Tim Armstrong for his Hellcat Records imprint.
As previously reported, Dropkick Murphys will precede the newly announced tour with a run of shows in the Boston area during the week of St. Patrick’s Day.
Dropkick Murphys and Rancid 2020 North American Tour Dates with Jesse Ahern:
05/03 – Concord, NC @ Epicenter Festival +
05/04 – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *
05/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium *
05/08 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome To Rockville +
05/10 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center *
05/11 – Austin, TX @ The Lawn at the Long Center *
05/12 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater *
05/13 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory *
05/15 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Concert Cove at Harrah’s *
05/16 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s *
05/17 – Columbus, OH @ Sonic Temple Music Festival +
05/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The DeltaPlex Arena
05/20 – New York, NY @ Pier 17
05/21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
05/22 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
05/23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino
05/24 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
* = with Gerry Cinnamon
+ = festival date (no Gerry Cinnamon or Jesse Ahern)