Steven Tyler hopes Aerosmith's performance at a benefit show in Boston, Massachusetts will "warm the cockles of people's hearts" following the devastating marathon bombing in the city last month (Apr13).
The Boston-based group will headline Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden arena on Thursday (30May13) to raise money for the victims of the atrocity, and Tyler hopes the show will put a smile back on locals' faces.
He tells the Boston Herald, "For Joe (Perry) and the rest of us, it means everything to get back and play this show. It's schmaltzy... but when you're listening to songs, it builds hope and strength. We want to warm the cockles of people's hearts...
"There really is something wrong with the world. But maybe through music, love and a little work we can get through this."
Tyler's bandmate Perry had a personal link to the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds more, as his children were nearby when the blasts ripped through the crowd, and New Kids on the Block star Joey MCIntyre, who competed in the race, will also be performing at the event with his band.
MCIntyre's New Kids on the Block co-star Donnie Wahlberg insists there will be plenty of tears during the gig, adding, "I cry when I go in to play the Garden on a regular tour, but this night is going to be unlike anything we've ever done. This was one of the darkest events in the history of our country. That it was our streets made the impact on us even greater."
Other artists who will be performing include Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Carole King and country singer Jason Aldean, and the event will raise money for The One Fund Boston, which was set up to help those affected by the bombings.