Ken Casey

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This article is about the bassist for the Dropkick Murphys. For the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, see Ken Kesey. For the composer of "Sweet Georgia Brown", see Kenneth Casey. For the neuroscientist, see Kenneth L. Casey. For other uses, see Kenny Casey.
Ken Casey
Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys.jpg
Casey in concert
Background information
Birth name Kenneth William Casey
Born (1969-04-15) 15 April 1969 (age 45)
Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Celtic punk, hard rock
Instruments bass, vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels Born & Bred Records, Hellcat
Associated acts Dropkick Murphys

Kenneth William "Ken" Casey (born 14 April 1969) is the bass guitarist, primary songwriter, and one of the lead singers of the Boston Celtic punk group Dropkick Murphys.[1] Casey was one of the original members, starting the band in 1996 with guitarist Rick Barton and singer Mike McColgan. He is the only original member of the Dropkick Murphys left in the band, though drummer Matt Kelly joined shortly after formation in 1997. He is known for his melodic vocal parts and solid punk rock bass playing.

Early life[edit]

Casey was born and raised in Milton, Massachusetts, the son of Eileen Kelly and Ken Casey, Sr. He is of Irish descent on both his mother and father's side of the family. His father died when he was very young and he was brought up under the wing of his grandfather, John Kelly, a teamster and union worker.[2]The Dropkick Murphys song "Boys on the Docks" is dedicated to Kelly.

He worked in various jobs and studied at University of Massachusetts Boston before forming the band.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Hingham, Massachusetts with his wife and children. Casey considers himself a die hard Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins fan,[3][4] and also participated in the Boston Bruins AT&T Legends Classic hockey game on 2 January 2010. Other celebrities that participated were Tim Robbins, Bobby Farrelly, Terry O'Reilly, and Lenny Clarke among others.[5] Casey's team won with him making the winning shot in the second period.

Ken is also the owner of a bar in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston on Boylston Street near to Fenway Park, called McGreevy's Third Base Saloon. It's dedicated to the memory of the founder of the Royal Rooters, "'Nuf Ced" Michael T. McGreevy.

In 2009, Casey founded The Claddagh Fund which is a charity foundation of The Dropkick Murphys and is based on the attributes of the Irish Claddagh symbolism: “Friendship, Love and Loyalty.” It began in Boston with the help of the hockey star, Bobby Orr.[2][6]

In October 2014, Casey, a lifelong Democrat announced that he was co-hosting a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. Casey stated "Charlie is a Republican and I’m a Democrat, but I will take a big heart and strong character over political party any day" Casey, who publically backed Mayor Martin J. Walsh's campaign in 2013 also said of Baker that he also helped the Dropkick Murphys charitable causes over the years including supporting military families. Casey is among many Democrats in Massachusetts who threw their support behind Baker.[7][8]

Nazi salute concert incident[edit]

On March 13, 2013, Casey was alleged to have assaulted a concertgoer who went on stage and displayed the Nazi salute. He then went on to say "Nazis are not fucking welcome at a Dropkick Murphys show!" He later went on to say in a June of 2014 Rolling Stone Magazine interview, "F'ing Socialists and Communists beliefs to the likes of vile creatures such as Hitler and Stalin are what fuel some of the rage in our lyrics. People are sometimes surprised to find that at our core we staunch conservatives, we'll all but Ken. Haha. The incident back in March of 13 really awoke something in us. We need to focus our message that the Constitution is becoming lost in this country. We are currently working on a new album set to release September of 2015 that will no doubt rock our fans and give them cause to question what is going around them. When did our country get so far off track? The new album is titled 11/17/1787 for obvious reasons. Dropkick Murphys are going to start a revolution and 11/17/1787 is just the very beginning." karin|first=Jordan|title=Dropkick Murphys Singer Beats a Skinhead Giving Nazi Salute Off Stage at NYC Concert (Video)|url= November 2013|newspaper=The Hollywood Reporter|date=2013-03-19}}</ref>


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