Dropkick Murphys is offering its fans an early Christmas present.
The band had made available its cover of the classic song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ for those who pre-order the band’s new album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory. The album will be released Friday, January 6, 2017 through the band’s own label, Born & Bred Records.
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is best known for its use in the beloved Rogers & Hammerstein musical Carousel. Also covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers, this latest reworking of the song gives it a whole new identity as a message of hope for, and solidarity with, people suffering with opiate addiction. It is one of the 11 powerful stories presented in the band’s upcoming album, too.
Bassist and band founder Ken Casey explained that the inspiration for the band’s new take on the song came about after he left a wake for front man Al Barr’s brother-in-law, who had died from an overdose.
“Between Al’s loss and all the friends and people that I know, I’d say I’ve been to 50 wakes in the last three years,” Casey said. “I was leaving another overdose wake and the song came on in the car. My music was on shuffle and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ randomly played. As I heard the chorus, “Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone,” it struck me how powerfully the song related to the struggle and how you don’t have to do it alone.”
The song went on to become the first piece recorded for the band’s new album. Audiences can get an instant download of the song now when they pre-order 11 Songs of Pain & Glory online via iTunes. Limited edition CD and vinyl pressings of the album can be pre-ordered via the band’s official webstore. Audiences can stream the band’s cover of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ online now here.
Dropkick Murphys will launch a tour in support of its new album beginning February 21, 2017. The tour currently runs through March 19, 2017 and includes a string of hometown shows from March 15 – 19 at Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Week. Audiences can get tickets for the band’s shows now here. More information on Dropkick Murphys’ new single, album, tour and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more is available online at:
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