The Boston Strong Benefit Concert is taking place tonight and just a couple of hours ago, some of the greatest talent to come out of Boston talked to the press about just how important this show is. New Kids on the Block, Extreme, Dane Cook and other acts spoke with the press this afternoon, most feeling the same incredible emotion and just ready to hit the stage and give back in whatever way they can.
300 first responders and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings are sitting in the front rows for tonight’s benefit concert. While thousands of people are at the TD Banknorth Garden for the show, it really is about remembering those who suffered, those who helped, and those who lost their lives on April 15.
The Boston Strong Benefit Concert is something bigger than just a show to raise money for One Fund. It’s about coming together and showing the world that Boston is strong and that the city will prevail. New Kids on the Block member Danny Wood says that he and the group “wouldn’t miss” the concert no matter what. He echoed Donnie Wahlberg’s sentiments in regard to this concert meaning so much to them and how they are happy to be able to give back to their city in such a way.
Wahlberg summed up everyone’s feelings when he talked to the press. “Our city deserves the effort it has taken to put this together. It’s the least we can do to be there for our city,” Donnie said. He also talked about how the night was going to be about love and acceptance — and that there wouldn’t be any egos allowed. “There’s no place for ego. No place for rock star attitudes tonight,” he said.
Comedian Dane Cook (an Arlington native) also shared some of his feelings about the bombings and the importance of tonight’s show. He told the press how he reacted to the devastating and shocking news last month. He explained that normally he’d immediately start in with cracking jokes — perhaps a “defense mechanism” — but the Boston Marathon bombings were different. This was home and Cook said he was “gripped.” Though he says he is still emotional, he plans on “slinging jokes” tonight and doing what he does best. The Garden will undoubtedly fill with laughter — another sign of a strong unity.
The Boston Strong Benefit Concert live stream has not been too reliable tonight but many are hoping that the 2-hour show will be online in its entirety later tonight.
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© Effie Orfanides 2013