Boston Strong Concert Finale – Aerosmith & NKOTB – 5/30/13

“If they think they can keep us down, they can Dream On!” – Steven Tyler

Favorite sons Aerosmith, NKOTB keep Boston Strong

The benefit’s lineup cuts across genres, generations to support marathon bombing victims.

…Prior to Aerosmith’s appearance, the benefit played host to a wide variety of acts, including James Taylor, the J. Geils Band, Boston, Extreme, New Kids on the Block, Jimmy Buffett, Carole King, Jason Aldean, and the Dropkick Murphys. It was an emotional night for many, including hometown stars like NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre, who was actually in the race. “I finished at 3:57, just before it 
happened,” he told the crowd, “But I don’t care where you were that day. It happened to all of us. It sounds like a cliche, but I’m telling you, love conquers hate every single time.”

Taylor and King offered a reprise of their recent co-headlining tour, taking the stage together for a medley of hits that included ‘Sweet Baby James’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend.’ Taylor also joined Buffett during the latter’s set for a duet on Taylor’s ‘Mexico,’ with Buffett telling the crowd, “Thank you for adopting me, Boston.”

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