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Flogging Molly Homecoming Gig March 6 @ House of Blues

Celtic punk ensemble Flogging Molly will play House of Blues on Tuesday, March 6 as part of the band's 8th Annual Green 17 Tour.

The Green 17 Tour was born in 2004 as a countdown to St. Patrick’s Day with a performance and celebration in each city leading to the holiday. Their seventh annual Green 17 tour concluded April 15, 2011, at the Coachella Music Festival.

This year's 8th Annual Green 17 Tour began in Detroit, MI on February 17, and is slated to end March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) in Phoenix, AZ, including the March 6 stop at House of Blues San Diego.

In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, singer Dave King revealed that the Irish-American punk band's name comes from Molly Malone's, an Irish pub in L.A. "We used to play there every Monday night and we felt like we were flogging it to death, so we called the band Flogging Molly."

King was previously the vocalist for Fastway, a late '80s/early '90s heavy metal band featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motörhead, and an experimental metal band called Katmandu (1991), with Mandy Meyer of Krokus on guitars.

In 1997, FM put out their first album (recorded live at Molly Malone's, 'natch), entitled Alive behind the Green Door. Fifteen years later, they've become one of the biggest punk concert draws and have sold in excess of a million and a half records, CDs, and EPs.

In March 2007, the band released an exclusive EP through iTunes entitled Complete Control Sessions, which includes two new tracks as well as acoustic versions of previously released songs.

Accordion player and co-founder Matt Hensley has skateboarded for Black Label Skateboards and owns Innes Clothing, a skateboard clothing company. A common misconception is that he skateboards in the "Drunken Lullabies" music video, when it was really Patrick Melcher, another rider for Black Label Skateboards at the time.

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Hensley (who briefly left the band in 2007) was also involved with a consortium who bought Squid Joe's. The Carlsbad music venue hosted live rock, hip-hop, reggae, punk, and metal bands two nights a week. Agent Orange, U.S. Bombs, Tone-Loc, and Quino have headlined the 200-capacity club. Renamed Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub, the venue reopened in July 2007, though Hensley sold it in late 2011.

The Flogging Molly song “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” was heard in the 2008 film PS I Love You.

In March 2008, the band’s sixth album, Float, debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, selling 48,000 copies in its first week of release. In San Diego, 1000 discs were sold (only Jack Johnson’s new release was in higher demand that week).

2011 was an amazing year for Flogging Molly. The band launched Borstal Beat Records (their own independent label) and released their highly acclaimed fifth album, Speed Of Darkness. The album was written in Detroit and was inspired by the US economic crisis, with the Motor City as its focal point. The result was the group’s most socially conscious and musically ambitious work to date, and the reaction spoke volumes.

Speed Of Darkness debuted in the Top 10 (#9 overall), as the band made their debut appearance on the acclaimed PBS program Austin City Limits and were the subject of a story on the CBS Evening News.

In addition, the band did five different European tours last year, as well as a 20-date tour of Canada.

Says Matt Hensley, “It was our first arena tour. We opened for Rise Against. It was our first tour as opening band. Normally we play for between 300 and 2000 people, as headliners. But on this tour [as an opener], it was, like, 10,000 to 20,000 a night. This was great: we played 45 minutes and were done by 9.”

They spent November and half of December 2011 on their fifth European tour.

Here's the band a few days ago in Detroit, followed by their remaining tour dates:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbZDIIprp00

February 25 – Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues

February 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

February 28 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

February 29 – Orlando, FL - House of Blues

March 2 – New Orleans, LA - House of Blues

March 3 – Houston, TX - House of Blues

March 4 – Dallas, TX - House of Blues

March 6 – San Diego, CA - House of Blues

March 7 – Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues

March 9 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove

March 10 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater

March 11 – Portland, OR - Roseland

March 13 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount

March 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Thomas & Mack Center

March 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Luckyman's St Patrick's Day Bash

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Celtic punk ensemble Flogging Molly will play House of Blues on Tuesday, March 6 as part of the band's 8th Annual Green 17 Tour.

The Green 17 Tour was born in 2004 as a countdown to St. Patrick’s Day with a performance and celebration in each city leading to the holiday. Their seventh annual Green 17 tour concluded April 15, 2011, at the Coachella Music Festival.

This year's 8th Annual Green 17 Tour began in Detroit, MI on February 17, and is slated to end March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) in Phoenix, AZ, including the March 6 stop at House of Blues San Diego.

In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, singer Dave King revealed that the Irish-American punk band's name comes from Molly Malone's, an Irish pub in L.A. "We used to play there every Monday night and we felt like we were flogging it to death, so we called the band Flogging Molly."

King was previously the vocalist for Fastway, a late '80s/early '90s heavy metal band featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motörhead, and an experimental metal band called Katmandu (1991), with Mandy Meyer of Krokus on guitars.

In 1997, FM put out their first album (recorded live at Molly Malone's, 'natch), entitled Alive behind the Green Door. Fifteen years later, they've become one of the biggest punk concert draws and have sold in excess of a million and a half records, CDs, and EPs.

In March 2007, the band released an exclusive EP through iTunes entitled Complete Control Sessions, which includes two new tracks as well as acoustic versions of previously released songs.

Accordion player and co-founder Matt Hensley has skateboarded for Black Label Skateboards and owns Innes Clothing, a skateboard clothing company. A common misconception is that he skateboards in the "Drunken Lullabies" music video, when it was really Patrick Melcher, another rider for Black Label Skateboards at the time.

Image

Hensley (who briefly left the band in 2007) was also involved with a consortium who bought Squid Joe's. The Carlsbad music venue hosted live rock, hip-hop, reggae, punk, and metal bands two nights a week. Agent Orange, U.S. Bombs, Tone-Loc, and Quino have headlined the 200-capacity club. Renamed Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub, the venue reopened in July 2007, though Hensley sold it in late 2011.

The Flogging Molly song “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” was heard in the 2008 film PS I Love You.

In March 2008, the band’s sixth album, Float, debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, selling 48,000 copies in its first week of release. In San Diego, 1000 discs were sold (only Jack Johnson’s new release was in higher demand that week).

2011 was an amazing year for Flogging Molly. The band launched Borstal Beat Records (their own independent label) and released their highly acclaimed fifth album, Speed Of Darkness. The album was written in Detroit and was inspired by the US economic crisis, with the Motor City as its focal point. The result was the group’s most socially conscious and musically ambitious work to date, and the reaction spoke volumes.

Speed Of Darkness debuted in the Top 10 (#9 overall), as the band made their debut appearance on the acclaimed PBS program Austin City Limits and were the subject of a story on the CBS Evening News.

In addition, the band did five different European tours last year, as well as a 20-date tour of Canada.

Says Matt Hensley, “It was our first arena tour. We opened for Rise Against. It was our first tour as opening band. Normally we play for between 300 and 2000 people, as headliners. But on this tour [as an opener], it was, like, 10,000 to 20,000 a night. This was great: we played 45 minutes and were done by 9.”

They spent November and half of December 2011 on their fifth European tour.

Here's the band a few days ago in Detroit, followed by their remaining tour dates:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbZDIIprp00

February 25 – Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues

February 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

February 28 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

February 29 – Orlando, FL - House of Blues

March 2 – New Orleans, LA - House of Blues

March 3 – Houston, TX - House of Blues

March 4 – Dallas, TX - House of Blues

March 6 – San Diego, CA - House of Blues

March 7 – Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues

March 9 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove

March 10 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater

March 11 – Portland, OR - Roseland

March 13 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount

March 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Thomas & Mack Center

March 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Luckyman's St Patrick's Day Bash

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