Live Nation has announced “Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration”, a major benefit concert on May 30 at the TD Garden, featuring the biggest names in Boston music. Aerosmith, the J. Geils Band, Jimmy Buffett, Boston, James Taylor, Carole King, Godsmack, and New Kids on the Block are among the performers, as well as hometown comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright. More artists are being invited to perform but have yet to sign on, according to Live Nation.
Three of the scheduled performers have already been heavily involved in the Boston Marathon bombings and the aftermath, whether its their own personal tributes or special appearances. This will be the first charity performance by all artists, but a few have already made their voices heard. Here’s a rundown of what the benefit performers have done in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy.
Boston’s hometown heroes were in Australia for a press conference to promote Sydney’s upcoming Stone Festival when they addressed the Marathon bombings. Steven Tyler offered his thoughts on the tragedy and his own tribute to the victims.
“My love goes out to everybody there. Joe’s son was a mile from that area. God bless the people that got hurt,” he said. Hopefully it’s a lone wolf, it’s a one-off…What can you say? It’s a crazy world right now and people are echoing what they see in the news, and we just need to be more careful about it.”
Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton also spoke and expressed utter shock.
“I’m still digesting it, it’s tough,” said Perry, a native of Tewksbury, Mass.
“I just don’t think of things like that happening in my hometown,” Hamilton added.
Boston native James Taylor has already performed in tribute to the Marathon victims – specifically slain MIT police officer Sean Collier, whom the suspects allegedly shot on Thursday, April 18, three days after the bombings, before going on their final rampage.
Taylor performed a particularly heartbreaking rendition of “Shower The People” at Collier’s memorial service on April 24. One should expect his set at the benefit concert to be similarly poignant.
New Kids on the Block
I don't know what to say. I feel for everybody involved with the Boston Marathon. My family is ok. I am ok. Gonna take a while to process.
Joey McIntyre (@joeymcintyre) April 15, 2013
I don't know what to say. I feel for everybody involved with the Boston Marathon. My family is ok. I am ok. Gonna take a while to process.—
Needham native Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block was closer than any other artist to the Boston Marathon tragedy – he crossed the finish line after completing the race just 11 minutes before the bombs exploded. Though McIntyre was not physically injured, he certainly heard the blasts and the psychological scars will live with him forever.
He fought back tears as he described the experience in a recent interview.
“Some fans came running up to me… and we just kind of cried together (in the street) for a little and then I saw my dad.”
McIntyre may understand the tragedy much better now that the suspects have been apprehended, but at the time he shared everyone’s disbelief.