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Dropkick Murphys Drop Boston Charity EP Featuring The Boss

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Like most Americans, the members of the Dropkick Murphys were shaken when their hometown was attacked at the Boston Marathon finish line in April. Now they've done something about it.

The band has just released Rose Tattoo: For Boston Charity EP, which includes a new recording of the title track featuring Bruce Springsteen; as well as two other songs, "Don't Tear Us Apart" and "Jimmy Collins's Wake." Performed acoustically, those two tracks were recorded live at a gig at the Gibson Showroom in Las Vegas, just four days after the bombings.

The whole set is priced at $1.29 and being sold exclusively through iTunes with 100% of the proceeds going to the band's chosen charity, the Claddagh Fund, which will distribute the funds to those affected by the bombings.

Springsteen previously guested with the band on its 2011 album Going Out in Style, has played with them at live gigs, and offered to join them again when he heard about the Boston bombings.

"Bruce actually called us up the day of the bombing and asked what he could do to help," Lynch told the Springsteen fansite Backstreets. "We didn't have to reach out. He was there for us."

Singer Ken Casey added, "As soon as we figured out what we were going to do, Bruce went into the studio, recorded his parts and nailed them right away."

The release EP is the third in a series of fundraisers staged by the Dropkick Murphys for victims of the Boston attack, following their "For Boston" T-shirts and a benefit gig featuring the band along with Bar Room Heroes, the Old Brigade, the Parkington Sisters, Big D and the Kids Table, and State Radio.

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