Aerosmith Inspire Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors to 'Dream On' (Video)

12:54 PM PST 04/11/2014 by Debbie Emery

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Tom Brady stay "Boston Strong" in a new ESPN special remembering the marathon victims to air on the upcoming anniversary of the blast.

In recognition of the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, ESPN has released a new video clip of Aerosmith performing a haunting rendition of "Dream On." 

The classic rock band was joined by the Southern California Children’s Chorus for the dramatic performance in a stone-pillared hall lined with marble, with a white piano onstage.

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The moving rendition is part of a special episode titled E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston's Strongest, hosted by ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff featuring narration by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Airing on April 15 at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN, the memorial follows the stories of five survivors as they come to terms with their debilitating injuries, which include loss of limbs from the two blasts that killed three people and wounded 264 others.

In a special interview with E:60's Chris Connelly, Tyler revealed that what made that song special to Boston was "the losses … all the memories around all the craziness. It just lends itself to that feeling … it's almost like it was written for this unfortunate event." 

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Perry went on to say, "It is one of those songs that you can interpret how you want, which is the magic of music."

Another clip from the episode shows moving images from memorials around the city, proclaiming "Boston Strong," and footage of survivors learning to adapt to life with prosthetic limbs. 

Watch the emotional video below:

"This one is for you, Boston," pledged Tyler in the clip. 

The show will first air on ABC on Saturday, April 12, at 4 p.m. EST followed by an updated version on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. on ESPN. E:60 is nominated for six Sports Emmy awards, with winners to be announced Tuesday, May 6.

See an excerpt from the interview with Connelly:

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