"Blue Bloods" star Donnie Wahlberg is returned to his musical roots with New Kids On The Block to help his city heal from April's Boston Marathon bombing.

The singer and actor was born and raised in Boston, and he says there was a real sense of unity and optimism surrounding Thursday night's Boston Strong fundraiser. Boston-born singer-songwriter James Taylor also took part in the event, and agrees the concert is playing a role in the healing process.

He explains that there's "no way" to make the bombing "not have happened," and the show provided an opportunity for people to "pull together," "show their concern," and "try to feel better about the city again."