Aerosmith, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet headline Boston benefit concert
Aerosmith, James Taylor and New Kids on the Block are donating their talents to raise funds for Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families. In addition to Aerosmith and James Taylor, other performing artists include: Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, and Carole King.
Boston — Aerosmith, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are joining other artists for a benefit concert for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Tickets for the show scheduled Thursday at the TD Garden sold out in minutes after they went on sale May 6. Proceeds will benefit One Fund Boston, the compensation fund established by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help those injured in the April 15 bombings and the families of three people killed.
Other confirmed acts include Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King and New Kids on the Block.
Comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright are also included in the lineup.
“I find myself searching for words today,” said Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block, the group that kick-started the event, in announcing the concert [on May 3]. “We all feel compelled to fight back, to step up” after the attacks in his home city. “As artists, this is our way to do it.”
“Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well,” he added.
Local songwriter James Taylor has already performed at one attack-related event, the memorial service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer Sean Collier, believed to have been shot by one of the marathon bombers.
Neil Diamond thrilled Red Sox fans with a live rendition of “Sweet Caroline” on the team’s first home game after the attacks.
The One Fund Boston currently has more than $31 million in donations.