NKOTB, Aerosmith, lead Boston Strong benefit concert

May 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

BOSTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Homegrown singers New Kids on the Block, Aerosmith and James Taylor will return to Boston with other artists for a concert benefiting marathon victim families.

The event, titled "Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration," will be held at the TD Garden May 30, organizer Live Nation New England said Friday.

Net proceeds from the concert will go to The One Fund Boston.

The One Fund was started by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino "to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15," the fund's website says.

Other "Boston Strong" performers are Jason Aldean, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Extreme, Godsmack, the J. Geils Band, Carole King and Steven Wright. Additional artists will be announced soon, organizers said. "Special guests" are planned.

"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," NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg said in a statement. "Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well."

Taylor said the event, listed online at AConcertForBoston.org, was "destined to be a true Boston landmark."

"From the promoters to the sound and lights, to the performers and the Garden staff; 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," Taylor said.

"I am honored to be a part of it, and ... I can't wait."

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