Yeah Yeah Yeahs cancel Boston Calling performance, Dropkick Murphys will make surprise debut

Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Courtesy Boston Calling)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Courtesy Boston Calling)

The art-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs canceled their appearance at Boston Calling just a day before they were scheduled to take the stage. Band member Karen O posted an apology letter to festival-goers to social media explaining how she “got nailed with a gnarly bug.” Her doctor's orders include antibiotics and rest, she explained, “which means I won't be able to sing for you this Friday.”

O included a red, breaking heart emoji and the word "ugh" before going on to say the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are "super bummed."

Unfortunately, these things happen. And they cause some major scrambling for festival producers. But, on Thursday, May 25, it was announced Boston's own iconic local band Dropkick Murphys will step in at the last minute to fill the 5:55 p.m. slot on Friday, May 26. This performance will mark the Celtic punk rockers' Boston Calling debut.

The festival, which is at Harvard's Athletics Complex in Allston, runs through Sunday, May 28.



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