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    Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:26:47

    See the Music: Dropkick Murphys Talk "The Hardest Mile" - The band reveals the historical origins of "The Hardest Mile"

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    • Dropkick Murphys - INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  (L-R) Musicians Al Barr, Ken Casey and James Lynch of the band Dropkick Murphys performs onstage during day 2 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2013 in Indio, California.
    • Dropkick Murphys - INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  Musician Jeff DaRosa of the band Dropkick Murphys performs onstage during day 2 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2013 in Indio, California.
    • Dropkick Murphys - INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  (EDITORS NOTE:  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN DIGITALLY MANIPULATED) Coachella music fans watch the band Dropkick Murphys perform during day 1 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2013 in Indio, California.

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    For our latest installment of the See the Music series, ARTISTdirect.com caught up with Dropkick Murphys to get the inside scoop on the song "The Hardest Mile" from their incredible new offering, Going Out In Style. It's rich in historical questions and will get you thinking.

    Vocalist/bassist Ken Casey said the song is about "Irish immigrants working on the railroad in Pennsylvania" in suburban Philadelphia. He revealed that "it was said that they died of disease, but their remains were discovered, with bullet holes in their heads." These discoveries were recent and made by archaeologists, posing a difficult, disturbing question. Were these railroad workers shot so that the railroad bosses wouldn't have to pay them for their labor or were they shot so they did not spread sickness and disease? It was never documented that they were shot. So it's certainly thought provoking and jarring at that.

    Dropkick Murphys will be causing all kinds of marvelous mayhem in the coming days…The band will be performing "Going Out in Style" on Conan O'Brien tonight, and then they're headlining the Hard Rock in Las Vegas Friday October 14, but they'll be giving L.A. a good ole fashioned Boston ass-kicking on Saturday when they headline The Hollywood Palladium on Saturday October 15. They're also performing "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit" on Friday October 14!

    Watch it below!



    Did the story behind "The Hardest Mile" make you want to further check out the song?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    10.11.11



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