BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The benefit concert for the Boston Marathon bombing victims was so popular online that the event’s systems crashed, preventing many people from watching.
Shortly after the concert began, a live streaming feed provided by the event organizers and hosted on several websites, including wggb.com, quickly went down.
In a statement, Live Nation says that the outage happened after “nearly half a million people logged on to view the beginning of the show which lead to bandwidth related issues.”
Those issues were resolved after about an hour into the over five hour show, but not before live stream watchers missed performances by the J. Geils Band, Extreme, and Boston.
Live Nation calls the concert, which also included performances by Jason Aldean, Aerosmith, James Tyalor, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, and Bell Biv DeVoe, “an extreme success.”
Other special guests included football greats Doug Flutie, Joe Andruzzi, and Tedy Bruschi, and comedians Dane Cook, Steve Sweeney, Lenny Clarke, and Steven Wright.
At the end of the night, all the artists came together for a rendition of The Beatles classic “Come Together.”
Right now, there is a replay of the concert is available online, but it’s not clear when it will come down. Watch it while it’s available right here on wggb.com
Proceeds from the concert go to The One Fund Boston, a fund set up by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Mass. Governor Deval Patrick to help victims of the attack.
You can still donate to The One Fund by visiting their website.