Walter Mencken 10 a.m., Jan. 24
Flogging Molly going green on the road for the ninth time
The Celtic rock band's 9th Annual Green 17 Tour will be another rolling party bus countdown to St. Patrick’s Day
Flogging Molly will open for ZZ Top at the House of Blues 20th Anniversary party on December 4, at the HOB venue on the Sunset Strip in L.A., before launching the 9th Annual Green 17 Tour, a rolling countdown to St. Patrick’s Day that begins January 24 in Grand Rapids, MI and wraps up March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) in Phoenix, AZ, with a San Diego date set for March 7 at House of Blues.
Some of the shows will include local rockers Pepper among the opening acts.
The Green 17 Tour was born in 2004 as a windup to St. Patrick’s Day with a performance and celebration in each city leading to the holiday. Their 8th Annual Green 17 Tour began in Detroit, MI on February 17, 2012, ending March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) in Phoenix, AZ, including a March 6 stop at House of Blues San Diego.
Since their inception in the late-1990s, Flogging Molly has been blending traditional Celtic sounds, edgy punk and thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics.
In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, singer Dave King revealed that the Irish-American punk band's name comes from Molly Malone's, also known as the L.A. tarrier, 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."
Prior to forming Flogging Molly, King was 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), featuring Mandy Meyer of Krokus on guitars.
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).
Their seventh annual Green 17 tour concluded on April 15, 2011, at the Coachella Music Festival. For the annual Record Store Day on April 16, the band released a limited edition 7” single “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down.”
Their album, Speed of Darkness, was released in May 2011 on their newly founded Borstal Beat Records. That year, the band did five different European tours, 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 of a year which also saw them touring Canada as the opening act for Rise Against.
A red vinyl 7-inch dropped on Record Store Day this year (April 21) with an unreleased version of “Drunken Lullabies” mixed by engineer Steve Albini and an unreleased acoustic version of “A Prayer For Me in Silence,” limited to 2,000 copies (SideOneDummy Records).
The band recently recorded a rollicking rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times Are a-Changin’” for the album Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan, celebrating Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary. The relevance of “The Times Are a-Changin’” around the time of its original release in 1965, could not be overstated. That relevance still holds true today, and the band says they felt "compelled" to record it. Flogging Molly’s version was recently released to Alternative radio where it’s steadily moving up the charts.
To watch the band recording the track in the studio, click
Flogging Molly 2013 Green 17 Tour Dates
January 24 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room*
January 25– Detroit, MI – Fillmore*
January 26 – Chicago, IL - Aragon*
January 27– Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s*
January 29 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*
January 31– Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory*
February 1 – Boston, MA - House of Blues*
February 2 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom*
February 5 – Washington, DC – Fillmore*
February 6 – Richmond, VA – The National*
February 7 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore*
February 8 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues*
February 9– Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*
February 11 – Orlando, FL - House of Blues*
February 12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution*
February 14 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works*
February 15 – New Orleans, LA - House of Blues*
February 16 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues*
February 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues*
March 7 – San Diego, CA - House of Blues#
March 8 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater#
March 9 – San Francisco, CA – Fox Theater^
March 11 – Portland, OR - Roseland Theater^
March 12 – Seattle, WA - Paramount ^
March 14 – Boise, ID - Revolution ^
March 15 – Salt Lake City, UT - Saltair ^
March 16 - Las Vegas, NV- Blvd [email protected]
March 17 – Phoenix, AZ - Tempe Beach Park%
- with Skinny Lister and Dave Hause
^with Mariachi El Bronx and Do Nots
@ with Mariachi El Bronx
% with Pepper and more