Despite it being one of the rare occasions of being a rock benefit concert in the U.S. not being televised, Thursday night's (May 30th) Boston Strong benefit concert at Boston's TD Garden, raised the roof as well as sizable funds for bombing victims. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the show, which can be accessed via online streaming sites, featured mini-sets by such local heroes and Beantown friends as Aerosmith, Boston, the J. Geils Band, James Taylor and Carole King, Extreme, and Jimmy Buffet.
Other performers included New Kids On The Block, Dropkick Murphys, Bell Biv DeVoe, and Boyz II Men. The five-and-a-half hour concert wrapped with all the artists performing the Beatles' Abbey Road opener "Come Together" and the Standells' 1965 Boston garage rock classic, "Dirty Water."
Aerosmith co-founder and lead guitarist Joe Perry told us that bottom line; Boston was, is, and always will be home for the band: "I mean, we live there -- we've always lived there. Y'know, we never had lapses of reason and moved to New York or L.A. I mean, we do a lot of work in both cities. I mean, we love both towns. I love New York, y'know, I like to record records there and stuff, but Boston's a great town to live in. We've stayed there over the years, and it's the best combination of cities. I mean, we certainly have our choice where we want to live and seen a lot of different places, y'know, so we decided to stay there."
Highlights as the Boston Strong concert included:
Boston: "Star Spangled Banner," "Rock & Roll Band," "Smokin'," "More Than A Feeling," and "Foreplay/Long Time"
Extreme: "More Than Words," and "Hole Hearted"
J. Geils Band: "Looking For A Love," "Love Stinks," "Hard Drivin' Man," "Freeze Frame," "Whammer Jammer," and "(Ain't Nothin' But A) Houseparty"
Carole King and James Taylor: "Sweet Baby James," "So Far Away," "Shower The People (with Mac McAnally)," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (with Mac McAnally)," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," "Sweet Seasons," "Up On The Roof," and "You've Got A Friend" (with Mac McAnally)
Jimmy Buffet: "Mexico" (with James Taylor), "Changes In Latitudes," "Changes In Attitudes," "A Pirate Looks At Forty," and "Margaritaville"
Aerosmith: "Train Kept A-Rollin'," "Sweet Emotion," "Dream On," "Livin' On The Edge," "Mother Popcorn," and "Walk This Way"
All artists: "Come Together" and "Dirty Water"
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