One Fund Boston benefit concert to air on Channel 5 on June 29
Three weeks after the Boston Strong benefit united some of the region’s biggest names in music and comedy -- from Aerosmith and New Kids on the Block to James Taylor and Dane Cook -- Live Nation New England and TD Garden have announced the event will be televised on June 29 on WCVB Channel 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. without commercials. That’s particularly good news for those who got shut out of the performance, which sold out in five minutes. A live stream was partly marred by technical difficulties.
“WCVB Channel 5 has donated all of prime time to the broadcast and John Hancock Financial has underwritten the expenses associated with preparing the show such that all proceeds will be donated to the One Fund Boston,” read this afternoon’s press release.
It also noted that the event raised more than $2 million; including net proceeds from ticket sales, retail, and concessions, that makes it the largest One Fund donation from a single source.
The benefit, which took over TD Garden on May 30, was a historic cultural moment for the city. In addition to hometown heroes (Aerosmith, the J. Geils Band, NKOTB, Dropkick Murphys), the evening also featured Carole King, Jason Aldean, and Jimmy Buffett. Tickets ranged from $35 to $285.James Reed can be reached at email@example.com.