Odds & Ends: Dropkick Murphys, Mudhoney, Bon Jovi & More

Dropkick Murphys has raised over $300,000 for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings … Mudhoney makes history performing on the Seattle Space Needle … Bon Jovi gets the OK to extend its curfew … and Harry Connick Jr. cancels tonight’s show.

What Dropkick Murphys calls its “three-pronged ‘For Boston’ campaign” has brought in more than $300,000 in donations, which its charity foundation, the Claddagh Fund, distributed to more than 60 victims affected by the April 15 bombings in the band’s hometown.

In addition to creating a benefit T-shirt, the Celtic punk rockers hosted a concert at the House of Blues Boston and released a charity EP featuring three Dropkick tunes, including a recording of “Rose Tattoo” with Bruce Springsteen. Plus, the Claddagh Fund hosted fundraisers in Boston; Los Angeles; and Tampa, Fla.

Photo: Richie Downs for the 9:30 Club
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.

More ‘For Boston’ funds are expected to be collected thanks to the sale of the charity EP via iTunes in September and additional shirts created and sponsored by Inked Magazine and Steadfast Brand, as well as The Gaslight Anthem. Dropkick Murphys says, “funds will be provided as soon as possible to the victims based on a need-basis, to assist with hospital bills, rehabilitation and adaptive expenses.”

For more information visit DropkickMurphys.com.

Sub Pop began its 25th anniversary celebrations on a high note Thursday with a special gig from Mudhoney on top of Seattle’s Space Needle – the first time a band has played live from the landmark. Fellow Sub Pop artist Sera Cahoone also put on a solo set.

Photo: AP Photo/The Space Needle/Rod Mar

Seattle radio station KEXP-FM broadcast the performance live. Fast forward to 21:15 to check out Mudhoney’s historic set in the video below:

Following Friday’s “Sub Pop Records presents Silver Jubil-eve: A 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!)” featuring Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Marc Maron and more at Seattle’s Moore Theatre, the label’s Silver Jubilee takes place Saturday in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. The free event includes another performance from Mudhoney, along with sets from Built To Spill, J. Mascis, Father John Misty and more.

Visit SilverJubilee.SubPop.com for more information.

Speaking of celebrations, Bon Jovi fans attending the July 20 gig in Foxboro, Mass., can rejoice that the band will get to play some extra tunes next weekend.

The Foxborough Board of Selectmen has agreed that the cut-off time for the show at Gillette Stadium can be extended from 11:15 p.m. to midnight. Organizers requested the later curfew after the J.Geils Band was added to the lineup, according to local Fox TV station WFXT.

Photo: AP Photo / Polfoto Mogens Flindt
Parken National Stadium Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmak

But WFXT warns that Bon Jovi will have to be extra careful to obey its new curfew. If the show goes over midnight less than five minutes, organizers will be fined up to five cents per fan. With a capacity of 68,000 at the venue, the math works out to a fine of up to $3,400. The fines go up the longer the band plays. If Bon Jovi is still rocking less than 15 minutes past midnight, that will mean a fine of up to 25 cents per attendee. So, if the show sells out, the would be $17,000.

Harry Connick Jr. will no longer be performing tonight in White Creek, Tenn. AEG Live/TMG Nashville says that the July 12 show at The Woods At Fontanel, located just outside of Nashville, is canceled “in an abundance of caution” because of “a technical issue with the stage.”

Tickets will be automatically refunded.

Photo: Owen Sweeney / OwenSweeneyPhoto.com
Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, Md.

“I love being on tour, so I’m very sad I won’t be able to perform for my fans in Nashville tonight,” Connick said, according to the Tennessean. “But safety always comes first.”

The promoters say the stage will be good to go by Saturday. Tomorrow the venue is hosting the “Last Summer On Earth” tour featuring Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster.