Watch the ‘Boston Strong’ Benefit Concert Live Online [Updated]
Update, May 31, 12:30 a.m.: The live stream has ended.
If you were unable to grab tickets to tonight’s “Boston Strong” concert at the TD Garden (likely, you weren’t, because they sold out in about five minutes the day they went on sale), your night isn’t a total loss. The entire concert is streaming live online.
Starting at around 7 p.m., spectators who couldn’t get inside the arena can watch all the onstage action live online instead. The concert features acts like Aerosmith, Boston, Godsmack, and New Kids on the Block. A comedic performance from Arlington native Dane Cook is also scheduled as part of Thurday night’s performance.
TD Garden and Live Nation teamed up for the ‘Boston Strong’ celebration and will donate proceeds from ticket sales to the One Fund, which was set up by city and state officials to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings pay for medical expenses.
TD Garden officials went as far as donating the arena for the night at no cost, so the concert could go on without profits involved. Ticket sales were also digital only, according to officials, so that no one could profit from paper ticket sales on third-party sites.
The show, which brings together bands that would otherwise never hit the stage together in the same venue, was conceived by members of New Kids on the Block. The boy group’s manager helped put the finishing touches on the concert, which has been described by promoters as “a world class” event. The stage for the concert is the largest one that TD Garden has ever housed, according to officials from the venue.
But the musicians aren’t the only ones pitching in to make the night pleasant for concert-goers. Expecting a surge in ridership due to the concert’s popularity, the MBTA will be running extra services to and from the concert. According to T officials, the transit system will have extra Red, Orange, Blue, and Green Line lines to the show to accommodate the crowds. Boston Pedicab is also pitching in. The bike transportation company is donating all proceeds from rides to the TD Garden to the One Fund.
Of course, while the extra trains and tricylce trips are a nice touch, they aren’t nearly as classy as the mode of transportation Boston-based Dropkick Murphy’s are taking. When the band decided they could hop on the set list at the last minute, local car maven Ernie Boch. Jr. offered up a private jet to pick the group up in Colorado and ship them back to Boston.