Paul Hebert

Street Dogs @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 06/05/09

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Being the first of 3 bands on stage and playing to a half-empty venue as fans file their way to their seats would discourage many bands, however for the Boston Irish punk band The Street Dogs that was not the case.

Lead by veteran front man Michael McColgan (formerly of the Dropkick Murphys) the Dogs opened the show early for The Offspring at Verizon Amphitheatre on Friday Night.

McColgan, not discouraged by the steady flow of fans filing to their seats in the crowd, on two occasions jumped from the stage and over the security barrier to join the fans and perform from the pit.

Playing a very brief set, the Street Dogs kept the energy level high and put on a spectacular show. Even though the band is on tour in support of their 2008 release “State of Grace” which they played “Kevin J. Otoole” and “Two Angry Kids.”

They played quite a few favorites from their 2006 album “Fading American Dream” including the ever fun tune “Tobe’s Got a Drinking Problem,” the very catchy “Not without a Purpose,” and the slow acoustic number “Final Transmission.” Going back to their roots the band closed the night with “Fighter” off their 2003 debut album “Savin Hill.”

Almost immediate after their performance McColgan was found at the merchandise booth happily chatting and signing autographs for a steady flow of fans. If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch a show from The Street Dogs yet, be sure to catch them next time they come to town.

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