Boston founder and guitarist Tom Scholz says he is honored his band was asked to open last month's Boston Strong benefit concert in Boston for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Writing on the band's website he says, "Four weeks ago I was immersed in the final stages of production for a new Boston album when I got word [about] a benefit concert... Since the Marathon bombings my wife and I had been trying to think of something special we could do to help the victims and here was the perfect opportunity... Boston has played the TD Garden many times, but this night had an incredible level of excitement and a deep emotional undercurrent that I hadn't felt before... The pride of being a part of this unity, of this collective brotherhood, of being American, was overwhelming as the band launched into the 'Star Spangled Banner.'"

Boston hopes to have their new album out this year, but then again, this is Boston, who have only released five studio albums in 37 years with their last one, Corporate America, coming out in 2002.