Because I have the phone contact list of a major media mogel, I was able to get Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphy’s on the phone today to talk about their new benefit EP for Marathon victims. Here’s what he said:
How did the duet with Bruce Springsteen, “Rose Tattoo”, come together: We knew Bruce was a guy who has a big place for his heart for Boston, alot of people that work for him are from the area and his son went to school here. I didn’t want to bother him, so our manager asked his manager and his manager said he couldn’t do it because he was busy. But then his manager came back the next day and said “surprise, surprise he’ll do it”
Did you record it together or exchange vocals digitally: We were at Coachella and we sent the song to him, and he ended up laying down his vocals the day he was leaving for a norwegian tour.
Is it hard for a singer, even if it’s Bruce, to do that without the band there: the engineer said he knew the song and did it in one or two takes
For those who don’t know, how did the band’s relationship with Bruce begin: He first came to see us about 9 years ago. His son, Evan, was a fan, so thank you Evan. He came to the show and we struck up a friendship. Now, he shows up when we’re in Jersey or New York. We’ve played with him on stage and as you know, he’s played with us. It’s a mutual like of each other’s music and we’ve become friends.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the EP go to victims: All the proceeds! Believe it, or not, even Apple and ITunes have waived their fees, which is cool. We have already raised 250 or 300,000 through the concert and tee shirt sales, which we are starting to distribute so this should raise even more.
Where were you on April 15th: I was in Santa Cruise, California on tour, and it was my birthday. I looked at my phone saw 20 text messages and I thought they were birthday wishes. Then I read them and realized what had happened. There’s a moment of disbelief and then concern because my family and kids were at game, and I couldn’t reach them. I didn’t know if they had gone to watch the finish after the Sox game. Plus, McGreevy’s is down there so all that goes through your head. It’s a surreal feeling to be on the other side of the country and you’re so close to so many people there. It’s horrible but it was very cool to see the support on other side of the country. People had signs every night and a compassion and desire to help.
Download the EP for $1.29 on ITunes and all the proceeds go to Marathon victims via the Claddagh fund.