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May 30th, 2013
10:55 PM ET

James Taylor on Boston since bombings: "It's been traumatic ... a shock ... people feel bad about what happened, they want to respond"

Roughly six weeks since a pair of explosions sent a wave of terror through the Boston Marathon, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Kim and James Taylor to offer their thoughts on the city, and it's powerfully resilient people.

Beantown born, and one of several iconic musicians tapped to perform as part of a "Boston Strong" benefit concert, Taylor explained the emotions of the city in the bombings aftermath:

"It's been traumatic. It's a shock. You know, people feel bad about what happened and they want to respond. There's no way we can make it not to have happened," said the five-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. "I think people all over Boston want to show their concern and try to make whatever effort they can to pull together and to try to feel better about the city again."

In addition to the likes of "Aerosmith," "New Kids On The Block," and "Dropkick Murphys," Taylor's performance was part of a show designed to inspire and honor all those impacted by the events of April 15. Speaking of the people who've rallied to support the city in it's time of need, Kim Taylor drew a connection to one of the world's greatest ever humanitarians:

"For me, it's a new definition of a kind of courage and the first responders, the civilians. We think of a saint in our culture as someone, kind of an extreme definition, like Mother Teresa. It's very hard to emulate that, I think, for people with kids and lives, but to me, it's a kind of saintly behavior that we've seen," noted the former Public Relations Director of the Boston Symphony. "The people that have rolled up their sleeves and gotten down and dirty and helped these victims, and the victims themselves, it's really a remarkable thing."

Billed as "an evening of support and celebration," all proceeds from the "Boston Strong" concert will go to The One Fund formed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
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  1. Scott

    Your a Jerk Piers-–I didn't like you on America's got talent and I still don't like you Now–Your so Gung-Ho on trying to change America's Laws towards guns and it sickens me to Death--If you don't like our laws and you think their so bad-Please Move your Ass back to The Motherland so we don't have to hear you bellyache every night-America has Guns and we aim to keep them-That hacking incident was horrible–but I PROMISE you if that would have been here–it wouldn't have taken an hour for someone with a gun to show up and dispatch that guy-Sometimes-and for reasons like the one I just described it is Necessary to have a gun-that man could have walked away with only wounds instead of being Dead-I have several friends that carry a concealed Firearms permit and I know they always carry their Firearms and I know my friends would have NEVER let that man stand there and hack away at that man without coming to his Defense–So PLEASE STOP your stupid rhetoric about gun laws here in AMERICA--Go Home to England and leave our laws and guns to us

    May 31, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lbrad2001

      Agree 100%...This moron just allowed Josh Cooke on his program and actually bought into his reasoning that he killed his parents because he was programmed to do it from watching The Matrix multiple times and playing violent video games. If Piers has it his way we wont have video games or movies anymore either. If your crazy enough to kill your parents then you dont need to get that message from a movie or a video game. The small purple elephant that lives in your sock drawer will tell you to do it. Reasonable sane people like me should be able to watch what we want to watch, play what we want to play, and carry a gun for our personal safety and to protect ourselves from people like Joshua Cooke.

      June 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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