Dropkick Murphys in, Godsmack out for Boston Strong

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The Dropkick Murphys have been added to next week’s highly anticipated “Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration” benefit concert, which will be held at the TD Garden on Thursday. The hometown rockers will replace Godsmack, who regrettably announced that due to circumstances beyond their control would not be able to perform at the event.

“Our band wish to convey their support and love for the City of Boston and The One Fund, and it is with great regret that we are not able to perform for the greatest fans in the world, along with some of the greatest artists to ever come out of Boston,” said Godsmack in a statement. Dropkick Murphys, who recently released a digital EP feature a re-recording of their song “Rose Tattoo” with Bruce Springsteen, had been scheduled to perform in Albuquerque on the night Boston Strong but were able to reschedule the New Mexico show.

As previously reported, “Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration” will feature a lineup of major stars across all genres of music, with most having roots in the Boston area. The legendary “Bad Boys of Boston” Aerosmith top the bill, along fellow hometown legends James Taylor, New Kids on the Block, The J. Geils Band, Boston and Extreme. Also set to perform are Jimmy Buffett, Jason Aldean and Carole King. Boston-bred comedians Dane Cook and and Steven Wright will also appear, while Lenny Clarke and Steve Sweeney have been added as honorary event emcees.

Tickets for this once in a lifetime event are sold out, but fans are encouraged to check Ticketmaster periodically as select blocks of tickets will be released at random between now and the day of show. If available, tickets range in price from $35 to $285 (including all fees and service charges). Net ticket proceeds from the historic concert will benefit The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15. In an effort to make sure all net proceeds from ticket sales go directly to The One Fund, all tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster’s paperless ticket delivery. Fans must have the credit card used to make the purchase and a valid, government-issued ID to gain entry.

Fans can also enter an online raffle through Garden Neighborhood Charities, TD Garden’s philanthropic arm, for the chance to attend the concert. One lucky winner will receive 12 tickets in a Premium Club suite at TD Garden, in-suite catering, a $500 TD Garden shopping spree, and a commemorative show banner. To purchase raffle tickets ($5 each, minimum of 2; all proceeds to The One Fund Boston) for the chance to win, go here.

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