By: Gary Graff
The Boss is giving back this week -- on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bruce Springsteen has joined forces with the Boston Celtic punk group Dropkick Murphys on a new EP to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The just-released three-song set includes a new recording of the group's "Rose Tattoo," as well as live acoustic versions of "Jimmy Collins' Wake" and "Don't Tear Us Apart" that the group recorded during a performance in Las Vegas on April 19, just four days after the attack.
In a statement, Murphys guitarist James Lynch said that, “Bruce actually called us up the day of the bombing and asked us what he could do to help. We didn't have to reach out. He was there for us.”
Proceeds from the EP will go to Murphys member Ken Casey's charitable Claddagh Fund, which will disburse money to the victims.
Meanwhile, Springsteen took out a full-page ad this week in Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper thanking fans "for making us part of your life, your culture, your country" after a combined six shows in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Springsteen and the E Street Band continue their European swing through late July, with an appearance at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival on the books for September 21.
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