The band announced that "Rose Tattoo: For Boston" will benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The three song EP, including live acoustic versions of the songs "Jimmy Collins's Wake" and "Don't Tear Us Apart," will be available in a $1.29 bundle on iTunes May 15th. In a release the band said,
"Our friend Bruce Springsteen joins us for a new version of 'Rose Tattoo,' featuring his vocals, plus two live acoustic tracks recorded at the Gibson Showroom in Las Vegas just four days after those tragic events." Bruce actually called us up the day of the bombing and asked what he could do to help, we didn't have to reach out. He was there for us."
Springsteen, who has worked with the Boston band previously on their album, Going Out in Style, joined the group for a re-recording of the song the minute he heard of the tragedy, relayed guitarist James Lynch in an interview with Backstreets.
"Bruce actually called us up the day of the bombing and asked what he could do to help, we didn't have to reach out. He was there for us."
The Dropkick Murphys are longtime fans of Springsteen. Singer Ken Casey has said in interviews that the group has covered the New Jersey rocker's song “Badlands” in their live sets. The funds will be disbursed directly The Claddagh Fund, a nationally-recognized official 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to serve "the most vulnerable in our communities."
"Innocent people being hurt by terrorists fits the core of that mission and we are proud to be able to help," the band said.
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson has been getting some extra attention lately — not for his on-air quips, but for homophobic remarks he made in a recent interview with GQ Magazine "Robertson makes several explicit comments about gay people in the article.
Rob Ford, Toronto's crack-smoking mayor, found the media spotlight again Tuesday. During a city council meeting in Toronto, Ford, who has been embroiled in a well-publicized crack cocaine scandal, danced to a performance by a Canadian jazz trio.