May 3, 2013 | « back

THE BOSTON GLOBE – Biggest names in Boston music to join The One Fund benefit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

As we reported first, a blockbuster concert benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings will be held May 30 at TD Garden. Live Nation’s Don Law, one of the event’s organizers, will announce the lineup Friday at a press conference at the House of Blues. We’d heard the benefit for The One Fund would include some of the biggest names in Boston music, and, apparently, we heard right. According to people privy to the planning, among the acts expected to perform are Boston, the J. Geils Band, James Taylor and Carole King, New Kids on the Block, and Jimmy Buffett. (Although Buffett isn’t from Boston, the “Margaritaville” singer has a rabid fan base here and is close friends with Law.) No word on what tickets to the rock ’n’ roll fund-raiser might cost or what, if anything, will be done to prevent ticket resellers from selling tickets at sky-high prices. In the days leading up to the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, tickets originally priced from $150 to $2,500 were selling on the secondary market for several thousand dollars each. The lineup for The One Fund benefit is stellar — each of the acts has sold out the Garden in the past — and we’re told more bands could be added. Reached at home in the Berkshires Thursday, Taylor said he was thrilled to be asked to participate and even happier to say yes. “The One Fund event at the Garden is destined to be a true Boston landmark,” he said in an e-mail. “From the promoters to the sound & lights, to the performers, and the Garden staff; everyone involved has responded from the heart in a spontaneous and simultaneous desire to be there, and to do what we can for the city we love. I am honored to be part of it, and . . . I can’t wait.”