Boston Strong concert raises spirits, big bucks for Boston victims
Boston Strong concert proceeds will go to One Fund Boston, the fund to help bombing victims. Boston Strong concert ticket prices ranged from $35 to close to $300.
City residents rocked Thursday at a benefit concert for victims of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, jamming to songs from the Dropkick Murphys, Boston and other musical acts and even laughing at a joke about the capture of a bombing suspect.
The Boston Strong Concert kicked off with the rock band Boston playing songs including its 1970s hit "More Than a Feeling."
"Tonight, we are all Boston," lead singer Tommy DeCarlo declared to a crowd of thousands of people, including victims and first responders, at the TD Garden.
The Dropkick Murphys, whose rousing rendition of "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" was a crowd favorite, were introduced by former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi, who was watching the April 15 marathon when the bombs went off and helped victims at the scene.
"When I looked around that day, the image that's in my mind is seeing more people run to the site than run away," Andruzzi said. "That is truly Boston Strong."
Concertgoer Harry Donovan said Boston residents weren't going to let "any violence, any hatred bring this town down."
"This city took a hit, there's no doubt, but Boston, like a lot of other cities, is resilient," said Donovan, of nearby Wellesley.
Bombing victim Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in one of the blasts and was led from the scene in a wheelchair, also attended and smiled on a massive television screen.
As the members of 1990s Boston boy band New Kids on the Block took the stage to perform, member Joey McIntyre, who had finished running in the marathon 10 minutes before the bombs went off, choked up.
"I happened to be on a bench in Copley Plaza, Copley Square," McIntyre said, "but I don't care where you were that day, because this happened to all of us."
Surprise guests Boyz II Men joined NKOTB on stage for "One Sweet Day" in tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack.