Artists perform 'wicked' benefit concert for Boston bombing victims

BOSTON, MA (CNN) -- Top names in the music industry were on stage in Boston Thursday night raising funds for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

It's a quintessential Boston song originally by the Standells normally reserved for wins at Fenway, Foxboro and TD Garden. But Thursday night there was a whole new level of victory taking center stage.

Ten star-studded bands and artists, all with ties to Boston, shared the stage and helping raise money for Boston's one fund. Artists like Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, Dropkick Murphys, Dane Cook, Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor.

After the bombs went off on Boylston Street, Boston-born James Taylor got a call from an old pal to help. Taylor didn't hesitate. he knows his music helps heal. He says, "Yeah I don't know a lot of my songs were written to make me feel better, sort of as a, and sometimes that resonates with other people too. So you write a piece of music or a song that, that sort of has the purpose of seeing you through a tough time or putting something out there that you feel internally."

Jimmy Buffett is an Alabama native who fell in love with New England many years ago back when he was still playing gigs as an opening act. Before the concert he and his good friend James Taylor met with bombing survivor Jeff Bauman backstage. Buffett says, "I'm going to quote my friend James Taylor cause we were talking to Jeff one of the victims of the bombing and We were talking about it was interesting to see the statue of Paul Revere cause he's revered in the city with image of a Les Paul electric guitar. And I said maybe they should keep it did poster. Be nice if Paul had one from here on out. And then James said what do you think it should be: 'Don't let the bastards get us down.'

Don't mess with Boston. This city's is something wicked special.


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