By Stacy Peterson
Spaceship guitars and Cadillac cars -the boys from Boston are back.
Actually, its now the boys of Boston and newest member Kimberley Dahme, the first female member of Boston since the band formed in 1971.
Boston pulls into Raleigh tonight for a show at the Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek. This summer's 53-city tour is the classic rock band's first in six years and supports the new album "Corporate America," released in March.
The album is the next step for the band that changed classic rock radio with its 1976 self-titled debut release.
"Boston" gave us "More Than A Feeling," "Foreplay/Longtime," "Peace of Mind" and "Smokin," among an entire album's worth of FM radio hits.
By Gary Graff
Special to the Plain Dealer
As he set out to make Boston's latest album, the desire for change was, well, more than a feeling for group majordomo Tom Scholz. Consequently, "Corporate America," the veteran rock outfit's sixth album since 1976, sounds like nothing else in the Boston catalog, from its array of musical styles to the presence of a female singer on many of the tracks.
"I definitely made a premeditated decision that I was not going to constrain myself to what people thought a Boston record was supposed to sound like, which I have done pretty much for the last 15 years," says Scholz, 56, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who recorded the first Boston album in his basement studio while he was still working as a product engineer at Polaroid.
"Boston fans are and have been very supportive. I have always felt a sort of obligation to give them what they want - which is fine, because I love Boston music. But it's been 25 years-plus since I started doing this on a professional level. I think that people will be able to accept some change."
There's no question that the Boston sound, introduced on 1976's 16-times platinum self-titled debut, is one of the most instantly recognizable in rock. Mixing big, Led Zeppelin-influenced power chords with Beatles-steeped melodies, rich harmonies and Teflon smooth production, Scholz crafted a sonic signature that became a template for myriad bands that followed - Foreigner, Journey, Bon Jovi - and still has a discernible impact these days.
By Gina Vivinetto
St. Petersburg Times
With new songs and new blood, these are exciting times for the classic band Boston.
Fans of classic rock band Boston know not to hold their breath between albums. Fronted by studio wizard, MIT graduate and notorious perfectionist Tom Scholz, Boston debuted in 1976 with its self-titled masterpiece featuring the monster hits - and staples of classic rock radio - More Than a Feeling, Peace of Mind and Long Time.
Most tracks on Boston were meticulously recorded by Scholz at home in his basement studio and merely gussied up by the group's record label, Epic, for their national release.
Two years later, Scholz was still working on the tapes of the band's followup, Don't Look Back. The label was fed up with waiting for Scholz to get the sound he wanted - stories abound of Scholz recording drum beats hundreds of times - and forced him to release the album. Fans were thrilled; Don't Look Back sold like hotcakes and produced more hits.
Scholz, on the other hand, was livid and vowed to never again release an album before he was ready.
Boston founder still does it the old-fashioned way
By Mark Voger
Asbury Park Press
Those catchy chords, those perfect harmonies, that soaring guitar. In 1976, you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing "More Than a Feeling" by Boston, newcomers whose self-titled first album became the fastest-selling rock debut up to that time.
It seemed to come from out of nowhere.
"Where it came from was out of my basement," says Boston founder Tom Scholz with a laugh.
"That's why it seemed like it was from nowhere; nobody knew what was going on down there."
By Steve Morse
A woman has finally cracked the boys' club known as the band Boston. The group has been around in various incarnations since the mid-'70s, but not until Kimberley Dahme appeared in the past year has a female been allowed into the musical boardroom.
Dahme, who lives in Nashville, will play bass and sing harmony vocals when Boston headlines tonight at the Tweeter Center. ''I came in late on the last album, then suddenly I was a member,'' says Dahme, who was discovered by Boston leader Tom Scholz when she was playing acoustic guitar at the Sit 'n Bull Pub in Maynard as part of the Tom Hambridge Band.