Dropkick Murphys Help Raise Over $300,000 for Victims of Boston Marathon Bombings
Celtic punk innovators Dropkick Murphys have always been proud of their Boston roots, but they truly put that pride into action by raising money for victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. The Murphys released the ‘Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity EP’ soon after the bombings, and the band has just donated over $300,000 to a total of 60 victims.
The barroom heroes became hometown heroes after Dropkick Murphys founding member Ken Casey sought donations through the musician’s own charity, the Claddagh Fund. Just days after the Boston Marathon Bombings, which killed three and injured 264 people, Dropkick Murphys released ‘For Boston’ t-shirts, which brought in over $100,000 in only a few days time.
Dropkick Murphys also played a benefit show at Boston’s House of Blues and teamed with Bruce Springsteen to release the ‘Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity EP.’ The three-song EP, which is still available for only $1.29 on iTunes, consists of an alternate version of the Murphys’ ‘Rose Tattoo’ single featuring Bruce Springsteen and live versions of ‘Don’t Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Jimmy Collins’s Wake.’
“We were humbled by the kindness of our friends and fans who got behind this cause with so much heart and passion,” Casey says in an official statement. “It was truly an honor to be able to represent them and contribute, even if in a small way, to help these inspirational individuals.”
To purchase a copy of ‘Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity EP,’ head over to iTunes. All the proceeds will be taken in by the Claddagh Fund and given to victims of the bombings.