Boston Rockers raise money for Bombing Victims
TD Garden in Boston was the scene of a fundraising concert with all star bands rocking the house all in the name of helping the Boston Marathon Bombing victims. Bands from crowd favorite Aerosmith to New Kids on the Block played to a packed house.
Tickets were priced from $35 to $285 and sold out extremely fast at the venue that holds a capacity of 17,500. The net proceeds were to be donated to a reserve fund, The One Fund, established by Thomas Menino, the Boston Mayor and Deval Patrick the Governor of Massachusetts.
That fund thus far has received donations totaling $37 million to help compensate the victims of the April 15 tragedy.
The band Boston started the night with a guitar version of the national anthem, which drew cheers from the crowd. Other bands to play included Extreme, the J. Geils Band, Jimmy Buffet and Massachusetts native James Taylor.
Aerosmith made a quick detour from their world tour, which was in Singapore, to play at the fundraiser. They closed out the show with lead singer Steven Tyler wearing an ankle length cape and dancing with his microphone holder.
Organizers of the concert did not say how much money was raised for the fund, but said both venue employees and the bands worked for free.
In the bombings, three individuals were killed while 264 sustained injuries, many of which lost legs, from the bombs that contained metal objects that blew up near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.