May 3 Boston bands Aerosmith and New Kids on the
Block, singer-songwriter James Taylor and country singer Jason
Aldean will headline a concert to benefit the victims of last
month's Boston Marathon bombing, organizers said on Friday.
The May 30 concert at the city's TD Garden arena is also
aimed at showing support for the people of Boston after the
bombing that killed three people and injured 264.
Other artists lined up for "Boston Strong: An Evening of
Support and Celebration" include singers Jimmy Buffett and
Carole King, the band Boston and the J. Geils Band, concert
promoters Live Nation and TD Garden said.
"Like so many other proud Bostonians who have been extremely
generous, we are honored to step up and do our part to help the
victims and their families," said Donnie Wahlberg of former boy
band New Kids on the Block.
"Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits
as well," Wahlberg said in a statement.
Boston-born Taylor said, "Everyone involved has responded
from the heart in a spontaneous and simultaneous desire to be
there and to do what we can for the city we love."
All proceeds from the concert will go to The One Fund, which
was set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston
Mayor Thomas Menino. Tickets priced from $35 to $285 go on sale
The two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the
Boston Marathon on April 15 were the worst attack on U.S. soil
since the Sept. 11 2001, attacks.
Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with
police four days later. The ethnic Chechen's younger brother,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was wounded in the April 19 shootout, is
being held in a nearby prison facility.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter