ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Grammy Award winning band Imagine Dragons held a benefit concert for the victims of the Pulse terror attack on Wednesday at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. They were joined by Nate Ruess. Hard Rock Music Director James Buell says the band has a history of helping and wanted to step forward after what happened.
"It's more about paying it forward. It is more about allowing your art to be healing process, and so I think they saw this as a unique opportunity to come to the city of Orlando and let their music kind of be this cathartic experience for, you know, the first responders, victim's families, survivors, and just the Orlando community as a whole."
Buell says Hard Rock Live knew quickly they needed to step up in the wake of the tragedy to try and bring some relief and raise some money. "Early Sunday morning we were on the phone, and we were saying we have to do something big, something impactful."
Ruess, of the indie band Fun, opened the show. Samantha Ronson performed as well. Buell says all of the money generated by the show is going to charity.