By Mark Bialczak
Syracuse The Post-Standard

Back in the mid-'70s, Fran Cosmo used to be a Boston fan.

When songs like "More Than a Feeling" and "Long Time" were making rock fans take notice of the work of singer Brad Delp and guitarist/keyboardist Tom Scholz, Utica native Cosmo dug the new style of rock.

"I did like Boston," Cosmo says the other day from his hotel room in Branson, Mo. "I thought they had a really good, strong, fun, melodic sound. A different sound. Tom did a great job of producing that album."

Cosmo's still a big fan of Scholz and Delp.

The difference:When Boston comes to the New York State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Cosmo will be singing alongside Delp and Scholz.

Anti-corporate message at core of new album 1970s arena rockers at Molson Amphitheatre

By Vit Wagner
Toronto Star

"Don't get me wrong," says the voice at the other end of the line.

"I don't have anything against multi-billionaire CEOs, other than that they make hundreds of millions at our expense, pay no taxes, make us the target of Islamic terrorism, elect whoever they want to pass whatever laws they like, kill us with toxic pollution, destroy what's left of the environment and basically dictate everything we do at work, and when and where we can do it — including, by the way, what songs get played on the radio."

The speaker? Renegade roots rocker and avowed Marxist Steve Earle?

Nope.

By Matthew Miller
NOISE

Guitarist Gary Pihl has been playing with Boston for 16 years, and he hasn't gotten tired of "More Than a Feeling."

"With any song, (you say) how long can you play this song and still want to play it," he said in a recent phone interview, "but every time we play it people respond to it.

"If I had to play the song every day alone in my basement, I'd get tired of it," he went on, "but you see people singing along, holding up the lighters it's touching. They're singing along because it means something. They've got memories. It's like, this is the emotion, and they're reliving it."

And Boston helps them relive it, even though most of the current members weren't there for band's glory days themselves.

By Jon Brown
The Idaho Statesman

Tom Scholz and his band Boston have had a lot of labels hung on them over the years: Ground-breaking, unique, eccentric, slow.

But there is probably one description that no one has ever dreamed of using to describe the rock band that rose in the 1970s on the power of vocal and guitar harmonies.Good-smelling?

"The whole band smells much better because of her," Scholz said, referring to Kimberly Dahme, the third bass player -- and first woman -- the band's lineup has known.

So now the band is as easy on the nose as many fans find it easy on the ears?

By Lara Skinner
Journal Tribune

STANDISH -- Family and friends are missing Jeff Neal this summer. Ever the stalwart history educator for Bonny Eagle High School, Neal is on the road accumulating knowledge about the nation's past by traveling to approximately 48 American cities. He is always on the lookout for interesting information to add to his curriculum, and will keep a journal of his vacation travels.

All of this is available to Jeff because he's touring as the drummer for the 70s rock band Boston.

At least once a day, Ann-Marie Neal, who is married to Jeff, will talk to him on the phone and the conversation stays the same, in one way.

"He always gets a call to me, ‘You're never going to guess who I met,'" Ann-Marie said.

Being a bit star-struck might not seem like a good way to gather history, but Jeff said he planned to do what he could in between sets and flights. How many historical tidbits he will get a chance to collect is hard to say. Boston started the tour on May 11, in Manchester N.H., and will stay on the road until at least August 24, with a final tour date in Canada.

"This is a great opportunity to kind of get some of these (historical items) to use in the classroom," he said.