Call of Duty XP lines up Dropkick Murphys

Modern Warfare 3 fan event schedules Boston punk act to play opening night, with Kanye West slated for convention-closing concert.

When Activision announced its two-day Call of Duty XP fan convention, the publisher promised the event would be headlined by "AAA live entertainment." The company has now unveiled that talent, today announcing that Boston-based punk act Dropkick Murphys will perform on the event's opening night. Earlier this week, Activision revealed rapper Kanye West as the featured performer for the second and final night of the convention.

Dropkick Murphys in their natural habitat.

Dropkick Murphys' latest album, Going Out in Style arrived in stores in March, and the band has since been busy touring North America and Europe in support of it. The Call of Duty XP performance will serve as a tune-up for a pair of sold-out dates at Boston's Fenway Park before the band embarks on its own Shamrock 'N Roll Festival, a Northeastern US tour with Stiff Little Fingers, The Mahones, and a boxing demonstration from The Fighter inspiration "Irish" Micky Ward.

Set to take place on a 12-acre compound in Los Angeles September 2-3, Call of Duty XP 2011 will serve as a coming-out party for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer mode. Attendees will be able to get their hands on the game's cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, as well as check out the fully functioning Elite service for the first time.

Beyond the reveals, the convention will also play host to a $1 million Call of Duty tournament, with players able to qualify on site or by competing in regional Black Ops contests leading up to XP 2011. There will also be paintball competitions on a life-sized multiplayer map and panels with Call of Duty developers. While attendance is going to be capped at a little over 6,000, Activision has promised that a "constant stream" of videos, photos, and status updates will be released through TV and online outlets for those unable to make it. It's unclear if West's performance will be part of that content.

Tickets to Call of Duty XP 2011 will cost $150 each, with all proceeds going to the Call of Duty Endowment, which was created to assist veterans in their transition back to civilian life after service. All ticket holders will receive a free copy of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition when the game goes on sale November 8, as well as an attendee-exclusive goodie bag.

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dalua360
dalua360

OH look, MW3 is everywhere here on Gamespot. Activision must have bought this website! And even after that HUGE amount of money spent on marketing, BF3 will be the best game! Pathetic !

Peyj
Peyj

@McBoogerballz Sure, they've been doing it since Guitar Hero 3, why stop now? (No offense to the Dropkick Murphys)

ggregd
ggregd

@cynicalundead That was 1979. Punk was long dead by 1985 except for the people who were only faking and money-making.

psycho75
psycho75

YEAAAH! Punk rock and video games!WHAT IS NOT TO LIKE??

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

Love dropkick murphys but CoD not so much :P

wildstallion
wildstallion

I wanted to go to this, but not now. Kanye West is the biggest @%$^ around. If there's a CHANCE he makes money from this gig, no way I can support it. What a stupid decision to ask him to perform here.

gameking5000
gameking5000

@Rovelius Money that goes to charity is never wasted

supertom221
supertom221

@StingrayX5 Do not blame this on Infinity Ward. they were a good studio. It's Activision you should hate. They already broke this studio apart once, now they just collected the body and proceeded in raping it further. Sick necrophile, that Bobby Kotick.

supertom221
supertom221

@TheIfym20 SOMEONE has an iferiority complex..... I quite agree with you however, it has become quite irritating, but it's certainly not BF3's fault. it is the better game just as BF2 and BF:BC2 was. CoD is a dead shell of it's former self by now. The thing is, it made BF3's community look alot more "indie" in comparison, making it the "cooler" game. And like you'd expect from socially awkward brats that will sacrifice their own mothers just to be "in the bizz", they transferred over to BF3, and started treating COD like crap. Problem is, they are now infesting the BF3 community and ravaging it. And yes, EA is as greedy and money hunting, But at least they keep their GOOD game studios going and give them the time they need, minus DA2. Activision just releases the same game every year. They don't care if it's better, they care if it makes them more money.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

NOW I'm impressed. Dropkick Murphies are fantastic to see live.

TheIfym20
TheIfym20

Wow it really turns out that BF3 fans are complete a$$holes. I don't like BF3 just because of there annoying fans, always trolling other games and putting there stupid opinions. Yep no BF3 for me, let the idiots play with the idiots. Plus EA is just as lame as activision.

smoman5000
smoman5000

Awesome, DKM puts on a great show.

Mecamatt
Mecamatt

I laugh at people saying a band is selling out just for playing a benefit concert for 6,000 people. Who cares if it's for a popular game? Why aren't Dropkick Murphy fans happy the band is playing a large venue? What a terrible fanbase.

Jeronimo99
Jeronimo99

OMG even more OP killstrikes? pass .... pre-order BF3

nyran125
nyran125

even though they are charging for call of duty xp..at least they are providing live entertainment, that you would pay for that price anyway live AND enjoy some call of duty modern Warfare 3 competitions too and have a chance to win $100'000..its going to be awesome fun... Hey at least the people that go might be able to say i WHIPPED Kanye Wests ARSE in Modern Warfare 3.

jollybest1
jollybest1

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Gregst3wart
Gregst3wart

Pre Ordered so far: MW3 Gears of War 3 Forza 4 Skyrim

phuzzypenguin
phuzzypenguin

@cowboy bebop... i get your point, but you don't have to be such a dick about it... and you're a real gamer because you play black ops? hahaha that game sucked worse than mw2.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Ok, so they're opening with a bang and ending with a belch, that's great cuz the warzone of CoD is already so full of rats, it doesn't need any more Rat music.

BigAl519
BigAl519

Well at least DKM will make up for that waste of skin Kayne West.

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

@Cowboy-Bebop Haha good point, good point indeed.

Darkblade93
Darkblade93

AHHH i wished i lived in Cali...goddammit love DKM

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

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StingrayX5
StingrayX5

This looks like to be a concert, instead an event for a game. Such a shame Infinity Ward, you've sunk too low.

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

They're a great band and they'll put on a great show. I don't get why everyone is all, "Oh BF 3 now for sure!" Or, "Oh, COD because this show is going to rock!" Guy's, it's a band playing a show. Everyone's saying they're selling out for putting on a concert? Give me a break--you're selling out for buying a game based of an advertising campaign. Why not wait until both games release and buy the better game? It's not that hard and there's no need for all the hate and bandwagon fanboyism,

demondogx
demondogx

its sad to see sush a talented band play at sush a talentless event

xdude85
xdude85

Another punk band sells out. Say hello to Green Day while you're at it Murphys.

Roots_Of_Rhythm
Roots_Of_Rhythm

WHAT. One of my favourite bands...how could you have sunk so low? Most COD fans don't even know who you are because they're too busy listening to Nickelback and Avenged Sevenfold. Teenagers and frat-tards! Is this really the audience you're trying to pull in? Why am I talking like you're going to read this?

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

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LtReviews
LtReviews

Remember the West and Zampella incident? Everyone was like "boycott Activision!" Remember "Friends Against Grenade Spam"? Everyone was like "boycott Activision!" Remember Bobby Kotick saying Activision should charge more because customers weren't paying enough? Everyone was like "boycott Activision!" Remember when Blizzard partnered with Activision, and then added online-fueled DRM, took away LAN and offline, and added the auction house? And everyone finnally said "F* it, we are all blind consumers who will continue to throw money at his company no matter what, lets just buy it anyway" To add: Here's a fun quote from an Eurogamer article regarding what Activision did to the ORIGINAL Call of Duty development team, that has now completely left, and been replaced by scrubs: "West and Zampella claimed they were dismissed following an "inquisition" that reduced colleagues to tears and included six-hour interrogations in windowless rooms." Ah, yes. Activision. 6 hour, tear-inducing inquisitions in windowless interrogation rooms. Stay classy Activision, stay classy..

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Hey at least they ain't selling my info 2 others

thecindre
thecindre

Why do you BF fanboys always complain when a COD movie comes out We do not complain when your movies comes out every year, you complain and say you wil sell better and every year it is a disappointing look at medal of honor OHH This game will sell better and people will forget COD I know you BF fanboys want to convince people to play but this is not the way peace sorry forr my bad english

InfamousPhilthy
InfamousPhilthy

Well done Activsion!!! Great show for a Great game...

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Wow, a COD fan convention with live music, WTF???LOL!!! Kanye West- LOL!! Dropkick Murphys?????? Whos that???

LtReviews
LtReviews

Wow, all these marketing ploys from Activision. And we wonder why Diablo has gone downhill since Blizzard became Activision-Blizzard? The reason is obvious.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

They take my money when I'm in need they take my money when I'm in need I gotta leave I gotta leave I gotta leave I gotta leave YEAH! they take mah' money!! Yell it loudly and yell it proudly at that concert Cod fans! WAVE YO HANDS IN THE AIR SLAVES!!

toddx77
toddx77

I've never heard of these guys but they gotta be better then Kanye lol.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

er...who are they??? never heard of them lets just hope they dropkick Kanye

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

even the Mariners have a better lineup

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

Ok so that video looks exactly the same as black ops and mw2, but look at it this way. It looks a tiny bit better than mw1. So in 4 years all they have done is make crappy area combat maps, make guns look different, and make little improvements to the over all graphics. Can I work for the COD team, because apparently nobody does anything and makes a crap load of money.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

I bet the Dropkick Murphys don't like fish sticks

vic484
vic484

Hah... The power of good marketing...

racerx719
racerx719

ROFLZ... BF3 nuff said .keep your candy in the van Activision

xs_paine
xs_paine

"Six long months I've been shootin' Ruskies, six long months I've been fightin' them all..." In all seriousness, though, this is pretty damn cool. It's definitely a step-up from West. XD