Continuing their tradition of supporting all things Beantown, Boston’s favorite punk rockers the Dropkick Murphys recently donated over $300,000 to 60 surviving victims of the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, the “hometown heroes” raised the money through sales of a special t-shirt that the band produced just days after the tragedy, a special benefit show at Boston’s House of Blues, and sales of the Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity EP.
The EP, which featured a re-recording of the Murphys’ song “Rose Tattoo, also included a special guest vocalist on the title cut: Bruce Springsteen.
“Bruce actually called us up the day of the bombing and asked what he could do to help,” guitarist James Lynch told Springsteen fan site Backstreets in May. “We didn't have to reach out. He was there for us.”
Watch the Dropkick Murphys’ official video for “Rose Tattoo” (sans Bruce) here:
And Lynch, as well as the rest of the Murphys, will continue to be there for victims of the Marathon bombings and the rest of their fans as well. The band rolls into Mountain Park in Holyoke on August 16, and will continue its tour of the US through September.
Dropkick Murphys with Swingin’ Utters, BarRoom Heroes and Big Bad Bollocks, August 16, 8 p.m., $31, Mountain Park Amphitheater, Route 5, Holyoke, (413) 586-8686, http://www.iheg.com/mountain_park_main.asp.
For information on the Dropkick Murphys and to see future tour dates please visit www.dropkickmurphys.com.
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