Boston Strong concert review: A night of joy, ovations

Performers, including Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block (2nd L), Steven Tyler of Aerosmith (C) and comedian Dane Cook (3rd R), sing at the finale of the Boston Strong benefit concert at the Boston TD Garden, May 30, 2013. Proceeds from the concert will go to the One Fund, which was established in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings to help survivors and victims' families. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW)
From left, Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block, with microphone; Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, center; and comedian Dane Cook (far right) were among those on stage to sing the finale of the Boston Strong benefit concert at TD Garden on Thursday night.Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

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If there was an unofficial slogan for the “Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration” benefit concert it was wrapped up in the classic song “You’ve Got a Friend.”

When the song’s writer — Carole King — and the singer who helped make it famous — James Taylor — finished that song Thursday night at the TD Garden the longtime pals received one of the dozens of ovations that met the entire parade of performers during the five-hour plus concert to benefit the One Fund.

While there were moments of solemnity and reflection befitting an event meant to honor those injured and killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, the prevailing mood was one of jubilance and gratitude, of bedazzled Bruins jerseys and harmony vocals, of tears and giggles, and Steven Tyler’s still otherworldly scream on “Dream On.”

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