Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have recorded an updated version of their band’s classic song “Dream On” for a TV special paying tribute to the victims of the bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon. The two rockers teamed up with the Southern California Children’s Chorus for a unique live performance of the tune that will be featured on Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest, which will premiere Saturday on ABC at 4 p.m. ET, and then will air again Tuesday — the one-year anniversary of the attacks — on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.
The hour-long program, which is the spring 2014 premiere episode of ESPN’s E:60 news magazine series, will focus include five profiles of people who survived the bombings. The show is hosted by ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff and narrated by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Three people lost their lives and more than 260 others were injured after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of last year’s marathon.
In a clip of a video interview with the Aerosmith stars posted on ESPN’s YouTube channel, Tyler explains why he feels “Dream On” is a special song for Boston following the 2013 tragedy. “‘Sing with me, sing for the years, sing for the laughter, sing for the tears’ — it’s almost like it was written for this unfortunate event,” says the frontman.
Adds Perry, “It’s one of those rare songs [that] can apply to a lot of different things. You can interpret it how you want, which is really the magic of music…It can apply to something very personal and small or…a big event like what happened in Boston.”
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