In an empty Fenway Park, the Boston roots-punk band played the first great rock show of the pandemic era, with help from Springsteen

May 27, 2020, Boston, MA:Bruce Springsteen performs on the video board with the Dropkick Murphys during the Streaming Outta Fenway performance with no live audience as the Major League Baseball season is postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox)

Boston, MA: Bruce Springsteen performs on the video board with the Dropkick Murphys during the Streaming Outta Fenway performance with no live audience as the Major League Baseball season is postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox

With eight musicians in their current touring incarnation — bagpiper very much included — Boston roots-punk gods the Dropkick Murphys are one of the only bands who practically qualify as a mass gathering in their own right. But with their Streaming Outta Fenway show Friday night, they managed to put on the loudest, most joyful show of the pandemic era — with help from Bruce Springsteen — while adhering with admirable strictness to social-distancing guidelines. All it took was an eerily empty Fenway Park, a few cameras (most of them on flying drones), and a work-from-home rock legend joining in from the studio on his New Jersey farm.

The band spread out on the baseball diamond, with drummer Matt Kelly holding down second base — only co-lead singers Al Barr and Ken Casey roamed the field, taking care to stay apart. “It’s just the Dropkick Murphys here, sneaking into Fenway for a little concert,” Casey said. The band played a full-length set, from the excellent new Clash tribute “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding” to a blazing “Amazing Grace” to the inevitable “Shipping Out to Boston.” Towards the end, Casey asked, “Is New Jersey in the house?” and there was Springsteen on the Diamond Vision screen, ready for his first plugged-in, full-band performance since the pandemic began.

They started with “Rose Tattoo,” a 2013 song by the band that Springsteen had previously collaborated with them on, and then slammed into Springsteen’s very Dropkicks-ish/Pogues-like composition “American Land,” with its ever-relevant message: “They died to get here a hundred years ago/ they’re still dying now/ The hands that built the country/ we’re always trying to keep down.”

It was ever-so-slightly bittersweet to see a band that thrives on live call-and-response play to silence, and equally so to see how much energy Springsteen put across alone on his farm instead in front of a teeming crowd of tens of thousands. But it was still a miracle – a great, live rock concert, in a time when such things were starting to feel impossible. The show benefited three charities: the Boston Resiliency Fund, Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston and Feeding America.

(The Springsteen segment can be seen starting at 2:14:00.)

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Thanks. A lot of waste in the broadcast but at 1:17 is a song I like, "Jimmy Collins Wake," about the old Boston Americans baseball player, at 2:14 is the great song "Rose Tatoo" with Bruce  on the center field camera, with "American Land" right after it.

For those of you who are into technical things: have you any idea how they achieve to play live flawlessly without latency or lag in transmission? Shure it wasn't internet connection.

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My guess is the out sound was delayed slightly, the band hear and play with their their monitor sound, that's aweird mix anyway, think single channel IEM feeds.

So DKM play live, their quick monitr mixdown is patched to Bruce, that's easy, perhaps a 100ms delay, noticable on video but he don't do video, he just plays with it.  Bruce plays in sync on his end sound is sent back and mixed with the DKM sound, total delay before it's on ait, less than 300ms,  Notice in the video that they have to pick if the video of Bruce or DKM is in sync with the sound, it's either or just like on a bootleg that shows both the stage and the big screen at the same time.

 

All network audio systems, like Dante or any other system, all use the same trick to sort sync over delayed connections, a world clock that is in sync between the sender/receiver on each end, that way the system knows how mch delay to add in each step to keep things in sync.

 

Summary: I don't believe DKM heard Bruce in their ear while playing but rather a clicktrack with the cues for when Bruce came in.  The delay would be little enough to talk to each other but big enough to mess up playing.

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Summary: I don't believe DKM heard Bruce in their ear while playing but rather a clicktrack with the cues for when Bruce came in.  The delay would be little enough to talk to each other but big enough to mess up playing.

I guess you're right. Thisi is the only way to make things work out. It's got to be one direction. DKM play, but they don't ear Bruce.

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