Stars to play concert to support Boston's One Fund
BOSTON (WHDH) -- An emotional Donnie Wahlberg was in Boston Friday to announce the historic benefit concert for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
“There’s probably been for the most of us, you know, a lot of emotional moments to see the city like this. For those with friends and families who were affected directly -- it’s just -- who could ever -- this is like a worse nightmare that no one could ever really imagine to see it happen in our streets. It’s taken a huge affect on all of us,” said Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block.
New Kids on the Block will team up with a long list of other groups for “Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration” at the TD Garden on May 30.
The concert will benefit One Fund, which is collecting donations that will be distributed to the survivors of the April 15 bombings and the families of those killed in the attack.
“We all feel compelled to do what we can. We all feel compelled to fight back, to step up. As artists, this is our way to do it,” said Wahlberg.
Hometown boys Aerosmith are flying back from Singapore to be a part of the concert, which will raise money and lift spirits in Boston.
Other confirmed acts include James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King, and New Kids on the Block. Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block said that like other native Bostonians he and his bandmates are honored to do their part.
Comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright also are in the lineup.
Live Nation said everyone has agreed to supply their time and services for free so all the money that is collected can go to the One Fund.
Tickets range from $35 to $285. They go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.