BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Since they won't be able to rock out in front of a packed stadium anytime soon, the Dropkick Murphys have decided to perform a charity concert to an empty Fenway Park.
According to Billboard, the virtual concert entitled Streaming Outta Fenway will kick off at 6 p.m. ET on Friday May 29th.
It will feature the Dropkick Murphys performing at full volume inside Fenway, with fans across the world staying home during the pandemic tuning in for free online.
Hours before they were set to start playing, the band posted a video urging anyone in the area not to congregate around the ballpark.
"Since the point of this whole thing is to do it without a crowd, please don't come down... Watch it on your phones, stay home, we love you!"
The concert will also feature special guest Bruce Springsteen streaming live from New Jersey. The two acts will take turns playing their own songs and playing each other's hits, while raising money for Boston-based charities.
The Dropkick Murphys said the event's sponsor, Pegasystems, will be matching the first $100,000 in donations that will go to Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, Feeding America, and the Boston Resiliency Fund.
The band's lead singer and bassist Ken Casey told Billboard earlier this month that it "beats playing from home."
"I didn't really enjoy watching people play on their couches," Casey said. "It wasn't endearing to me. It actually made me freak out more and go, 'Oh my God. Even the biggest people are screwed as well.'"
Casey said the band are "pumped" to play at Fenway on Friday night, since they don't know when they might next get to play a live show. He called it "as therapeutic for us as it is for everybody else."
Streaming Outta Fenway will mark the nation's first musical performance without an audience. The show will be broadcast live on the Dropkick Murphy's Facebook page, and on Springsteen's exclusive SiriusXM radio channel 20 E Street Radio, starting at 6 p.m.
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