Dropkick Murphys brought in a crowd of more than 13,000 to Chevy Court Tuesday night.
Originally, Dickey Betts was supposed to take the stage, but he had to cancel due to illness.
Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner says they found out Friday night at 5 p.m. and immediately began working with Live Nation. He says they looked for a band with an open date, and it just so happened Boston-based Dropkick Murphys was available. Within 24 hours, they had a deal!
“Dropkick Murphys is doing this as a one-off it’s not part of a scheduled tour. They’re just flying in or driving in, so you do have to pay a little bit more for that because it’s the inconvenience and it costs them a little more money. We paid a little more for Dropkick Murphy than we paid for Dickey Betts, but they’re a bigger act,” said Waffner.
Dickey Betts didn’t just cancel his Chevy Court performance, he canceled his entire tour because of a mild stroke.