On April 15th, 2013 the world was rocked by images of a terrorist bombing at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon. Two pressure cooker bombs blew up at 2:49 EDT at the finish line of the race. Over 250 people were injured and three deaths came from the tragedy. An intensive manhunt dominated our newsfeed for the next five days until the two terrorists were apprehended but not before more died in the chase. Within days the phrase “Boston Strong” became a battle cry for the city as residents stood united and vowed to not let this tragedy destroy their heart and soul. As the fourth anniversary nears some of Boston’s most prominent residents are paying tribute to the day and the city they love so dearly. Actor Mark Walhberg released “Patriots Day” on December 21st which vividly captures the bombing but more importantly the events that followed that brought the nation together.
“PATRIOTS DAY TRAILER”
Two of Boston’s biggest hometown bands paid tribute to the city with songs dedicated to the events of the Marathon bombing. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith added the Southern California’s Children Choir for a reworking of their masterpiece, “Dream On”. The Glitter Twins may be up in age and have lost a little of their sparkle but this heart-felt version is the perfect reminder of the power of music to help heal. The song opens with “This one is for you Boston”. Beantown Folk/Punk Rockers, the Dropkick Murphys added a song “4-15-13” to their latest release “11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory”. It’s great to see the ultimate St Paddy’s Day bar band slow things down for a song and take on such an important issue.
“DREAM ON” AEROSMITH with Southern California Children’s Choir
“4-15-13” DROPKICK MURPHYS