Mighty Mighty Bosstones evolves in more ways than one


Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones swears that the onus is on his Boston-bred ska band—not the fans—for the act not performing in Phoenix in some time.

“If any of the Bosstones’ fans or ska fans or fans of punk rock are blaming themselves in Arizona, please tell them to stop,” says Barrett, as his typical sarcastic self.

“We take full blame. It’s our fault. We’ve been neglectful. It wasn’t malicious. We’re just not that bright. It was an oversight.”

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will make good on their “oversight” by returning to the Valley to play Marquee Theatre on Friday, December 19. The shows are a raucous good time, even to first-timers, he says.

“You won’t be disappointed,” says Barrett, 50. “If you’re looking for something to do that’s entertaining, that doesn’t involve staring at Facebook or playing a video game and you want to get out, have a couple of drinks and have fun, come see the Bosstones.”

The show is just the beginning of an exciting 12 months for the band, who is planning on releasing its first album since 2011’s The Magic of Youth in 2015.

“We are always working on new material,” says Barrett, who served as the announcer on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’”

“We enjoy each other’s company and we enjoy writing music together.”

Technology has helped the band pen the music for the album.

“These days, with technology, if you have a musical idea, I could yell it into my phone and send it in a .jpg or even in a text message and say, ‘Here, this is what I was thinking about.’ Technology has made writing Bosstones song a lot easier. Maybe we’re writing (crappy) songs. I don’t think so. I think the last two albums were damn good.”

But fans won’t see Barrett rocking out to his own songs like “The Impression that I Get” in his car when he hears them on satellite radio.

“It makes me uncomfortable,” Barrett says. “I turn it. I’m glad they’re playing it and it makes me happy. I do enjoy the songs. But if I’m listing to (the channel) Lithium and the Bosstones are on and I get a little into it, then someone sees me doing that, yeah, it could be awkward.”

So he changes the channel quickly or, if he wants to “take a trip down memory lane,” he indulges at home in California.

“Plus, we do the show, I get my fill of those songs when I have my own time,” Barrett says.

The Tempe show will serve as a warm-up gig for its Hometown Throwdown, an annual three-day event in late December in Boston.

“The Hometown Throwdown are big shows in Boston,” he says. “It should be fun. We’ve never sounded better in my opinion.”

Mighty Mighty Bosstones w/The Interrupters and Captain Squeegee, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, Friday, December 19, $33


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