Many of Bean Town's best were on hand at the TD Garden Thursday night to help their hometown. A host of musicians, comedians, sports stars and others took the stage for the "Boston Strong" benefit concert, including the Bad Boys from Boston -- Aerosmith.
Frontman Steven Tyler said the city may have had its heart broken by last month's deadly Boston Marathon bombings, but he added that if anyone thinks they can keep Boston down, they can "dream on."
The "Evening of Support and Celebration" also included performances from the band Boston, Dropkick Murphys, the J. Geils Band, James Taylor, Carole King, and the New Kids on the Block with special guests Bel Biv DeVoe and Boyz II Men.
The live-streamed concert special also featured a couple of non-Bostonians who thanked the city for adopting them, including country superstar Jason Aldean and Jimmy Buffett. The all-star concert appropriately ended with most of the performers back on stage for an all-star take on the classic Boston-themed rocker, "Dirty Water."
In between all the music, Boston-area comedians like Dane Cook and Lenny Clarke also entertained the sold-out crowd, as did some of the area's biggest sports stars. Former New England Patriots players Tedy Bruschi, Doug Flutie, and Joe Andruzzi all took the stage to commend the city of Boston for the way residents have reacted to the tragedy.
All of the proceeds from the "Boston Strong" show are going to the One Fund Boston, a charity set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help the victims of that attack.