Some met through going to one of the most collegiate cities in the United States, Aerosmith (Berklee College of Music) and Boston (MIT), and others are an example of our cornucopia of homegrown talent like Extreme (Malden), Dropkick Murphy’s (Quincy), Godsmack (Lawrence), J. Geils Band (Worchester), New Kids On The Block (Dorchester / JP) and Bel Biv Devoe (Roxbury). Whether from Boston, or their heart belonging to Boston, all “shipped up to Boston” to support their home turf in a time of need. Jimmy Buffet who wrote “Boat Drinks” in Boston when freezing during our cold winter months, invited us to all warm up in “Margaritaville”. As Boston born James Taylor and “you’ve got a friend” Carole King melodically showed how Boston is a place you return to. Proud Patriot player Joe Andruzzi and “Hail Mary” Doug Flutie displayed their Boston Pride, while country music melodies filled the air with Jason Aldean. Boys II Men, originally from Philly, but having ties to Boston group Bel Biv Devoe, wanted to represent. The Boston bread music spanned the gamut, as people danced in their seats, sang out with their favorite bands, reminisced and adored.
The crowd was filled with smiles and laughter with Lenny Clarke (Cambridge), Dane Cook (Arlington) and Steven Wright (Burlington), taking the stage. Then it was true admiration, when the victims took the stage to speak.
When you ask someone from “Boston” where they are from, they always say “Boston” and a neighborhood with pride. Even if you ask someone from Massachusetts, they say “Boston”. Even if someone moved here for school or work, they say “Boston!” Growing up in the heart of Boston this was always perplexing, until the Marathon. People say they are from “Boston” because We ROCK. At the Boston Strong One Fund Concert held at the Garden, Thursday, May 30th 2013, you saw Boston Rock together.Young, old, families and first responders, groups of friends or coworkers, OFB or new to the town, the one thing everyone had in common was that we are all one, Boston Strong.