Donnie Wahlberg: “We Want to Step Up for This City”

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Mix 104.1 had a chance to speak with Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids on the Block following the announcement of the Boston Strong concert to benefit The One Fund Boston.

Wahlberg was shooting an episode of Blue Bloods in New York when the bombings happened along Boylston Street, his first reaction was that it was simply accidental. As event unfolded, his thoughts went immediately to friend and bandmate Joey McIntyre, who was running the marathon that day, and to the people in the city he calls home.

“I’ve seen horrific things often. But to see it in Boston and to imagine the suffering that happened in that moment and continues to happen it’s just overwhelming. I don’t want to make it about us,” Wahlberg said about the marathon bombings. “This event and what’s happened you know, it’s affected all Bostonians, all New Englanders, all Americans. But it affected the victims and their families the most, and that’s truly what all of this is about.”

Joey McIntyre will run in next year’s race, Wahlberg told reporters. In fact, there has been talk that the whole band may try and run with him.

“If I had to imagine, I think [at] the Boston Marathon next year they’ll be turning away millions of runners because I think everybody in this country, and in other countries around the world want to come and run that marathon just to show the spirit,” Wahlberg said. “I don’t know how they’re going to pull this marathon off next year because there’s going to be a lot of people — President Obama might be running in the marathon next year. That’s how much we want to step up for this city.”

VIDEO: Donnie Wahlberg Reacts

Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration will take place at the TD Garden on May 30th. Tickets go on-sale through Live Nation and Ticketmaster on May 6th at 10am.

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