HomeTown ThrowDown # 18 2016 The Year Of The Rat was quite possibly the most important and personal ThrowDown of them all to The BossToneS and me. It gave us the opportunity to celebrate and honor a very special place and time in our lives.

Despite so many elements, factors, variables and circumstances that at times seemed to be working against us we achieved what we set out to do, and in my opinion — quite successfully and with flying colors.

This year I shall start by thanking my fellow visionary, my “partner in crime and the mastermind” Joe Gittleman. Together we dreamed big and together our dreams came true.

When we first almost simultaneously came up with the idea… click here to read more


It is our great pleasure to share the master plan for Hometown Throwdown 18. Once again we’ll be taking over Boston’s palatial House of Blues for three nights but this time we’re getting help from friends we met long ago at Kenmore Square’s infamous subterranean Rathskeller club. We’ll be Throwing Down this year with groups that literally built Boston’s underground music scene while paving the way for future generations and inspiring countless bands including the BossToneS. Garage punk legends The Real Kids, Rat regulars The Neighborhoods and a special reunion from Boston’s beloved melodic punk band The Outlets anchor this year’s lineup. To kick off the festivities we’ve got our pals Stranglehold, New Hampshire’s finest wise-ass punks the Queers and the best rock and roll band to ever strap on guitars AND buckle up shoes: the riotous Upper Crust.

Dicky Barrett says: If you weren’t there back in the day, here’s your chance to get as close to the full Rat experience as we can possibly provide. The sights, the sounds, the smells, if you will. If you were there, then welcome back!

Jimmy Harold, owner of the Rat says: So I walk out the front door of the Rat on a Saturday afternoon and on the patio low and behold this band has taken over my patio with plaids and pugs. I say to myself who’s running this place?

All shows are all ages!

Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 12 at 10am EST

The Mighty Mighty BossToneS
The Neighborhoods
The Upper Crust

The Mighty Mighty BossToneS
The Real Kids
The Queers

The Mighty Mighty BossToneS
The Outlets


Thursday, Dec. 31 – 6pm
Shrine Expo Hall
w/ Rancid, OFF!, The Interrupters, & more

Hometown Throwdown 18 VIP Meet & Greet Holiday Fundraiser The Foundation Room at House of Blues Boston Sunday, Dec. 27 2015

This year, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Animal Rescue League of Boston – dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.
Animal Rescue League
This year’s party will also feature a special photo exhibit of iconic and rare shots from the heyday of The Rat by some of Boston’s best photographers and a silent auction! A limited amount of VIP laminates go on sale today – Dec. 1 at 3pm EST Purchase here.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Holiday Fundraiser for the Animal Rescue League of Boston VIP laminate good for admission to Foundation Room at House of Blues Boston on December 27, 2015.
Please note: You must be 21 + to enter the Foundation Room and attend this fundraiser.
Limit of 2 laminates per person.
These VIP laminates will be held in your name and can be picked up at the House of Blues WILL CALL box office anytime after 5pm on 12/27. THEY WILL NOT BE MAILED.VIP laminates are for admission to the Foundation Room only. You must have a concert ticket for admission to House of Blues for the show.

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend, loved one, or yourself? Tickets for Hometown Throwdown 18 are still available. Night # 1 is Sold Out but there are still a limited amount available for 12/27 & 28. Get them while you can!

December 26
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS
The Neighborhoods
The Upper Crust

December 27
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS
The Real Kids
The Queers

December 28
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS
The Outlets

We’re heading to Quebec on August 22, playing at Expo Quebec.

Saturday, August 22  Quebec City, QC  Expo Quebec TICKETS


The BossTones are playing Riot Fest this year along with some incredible acts like Rancid, Pixies, Alkaline Trio, The Damned, and more!

Saturday, August 29  Denver, CO  Riot Fest TICKETS


We are beyond excited to announce our Eastern Run Tour in July leading up to our big show with the Foo Fighters at Fenway Park!

We’ve put together an incredible bill withThe Streetdogs  joining us in Buffalo, New Haven, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York!

And If that weren’t enough, we will also be joined by The Interrupters in New Haven, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York!

July 9 Buffalo, NY Thursday at Canalside w/ The Street Dogs
July 11 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place w/ The Street Dogs, The Interrupters
July 12 Washington DC 9:30 Club w/ The Street Dogs, The Interrupters
July 13 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer w/ The Street Dogs, The Interrupters
July 15 New York, NY Webster Hall w/ The Street Dogs, The Interrupters
July 17 Patchogue, NY Shorefront Park Great South Bay Music Festival
July 18 Boston, MA Fenway Park w/ Foo Fighters


We are super excited to be returning to Groezrock!
Meerhout, Belgium
Saturday, May 2
Come ring in the new year with us. Special guests The Interrupters and Wolf Tickets. Just a few tickets remaining for tonight’s epic party – don’t get left out in the cold!



New Album!


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  • 05/27/18 Las Vegas, NV at Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival Tickets
  • 06/03/18 Thornville, OH at Punk In Drublic Festival Tickets
  • 06/16/18 Montebllo, QC at Montebello Rockfest Tickets
  • 06/22/18 Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater Tickets