By Gary Graff
Tom Scholz is ambitious.
It's just that he values quality over quantity. To the extreme.
That's why Boston, the band he founded -- guess where? -- has released just six albums during its history and is prone to lengthy waits. There were eight-year waits between the group's three previous albums, and the new "Life, Love & Hope" surfaced in December after a whopping 11 years, debuting at No. 37 on the Billboard 200.
And, Scholz acknowledges with a laugh, "I probably would have kept going on this one, but it was getting a little long. All of these songs, they're basically done when I don't think I can express myself any better with the music for whatever I was trying to say. That might be because I'm so burnt on it that I don't think I can do any better or because I think it would be really dangerous to try to change it any more -- that I just might make it worse or lose something.
By Christopher Joles
Maine Music News
Do you remember carrying home new vinyl from the record store? Vinyl. All shiny and wrapped in plastic, the art work was not only striking but important. Liner notes were memorized, and often the only photo of the band you were likely to see was the one included in the album cover's design. Remember that new vinyl smell? If this is bringing back memories, you probably had a certain spaceship on at least two album covers in your collection. Not just any spaceship – BOSTON's spaceship.
So which BOSTON riff and lyric that we all know and love just starting circling your brain? Is it "More Than a Feeling," "Don't Look Back," or maybe even "Smokin?" Feels good, doesn't it? Just imagine how good it's going to feel when you see BOSTON live at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine on July 2nd. Got your tickets yet?
When Maine Music News heard that BOSTON was scheduled to perform as part of the summer concert line up we were immediately looking forward to the show.
That may be an understatement, actually. We have to admit however that we haven't been following BOSTON very closely over the last few years. When we checked out their recent list of album releases and appearances, we were thrilled to see that Boston has been very busy indeed. Their latest album, Life, Love & Hope, was released in 2013.
When we had the opportunity to chat with BOSTON drummer, Jeff Neal, a Maine native, we jumped at the chance. Here is what he had to say about playing with one of the greatest American rock and roll bands.
By Michael Hamad
Six albums in nearly 40 years: it's not what you'd call prolific. But just listen to those albums -- the layered guitar lines on "Piece of Mind," the Brad Delp's vocals on "Hitch a Ride," or pick your favorite spot -- and you might agree the countless hours guitarist/engineer/songwriter Tom Scholz spent on these tracks was worth it. For the past four decades, Scholz, an MIT-trained engineer who left a good position at Polaroid when the first Boston album, produced in his homemade, basement studio, started taking off, has been behind it all, tinkering, adjusting levels, mixing, composing, and inventing new gadgets and sounds when he couldn't get what he was after.
It's no surprise, then, that on stage, Scholz is similarly concerned with the way the band sounds. CTNow spoke to the musician from a tour stop in Texas about Boston's current Heaven on Earth Tour, which arrives at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Saturday, June 28. (Boston's only other New England appearance is July 3 in Gilford, New Hampshire.) [This interview has been condensed and edited for space and clarity.]
By Jemille Williams
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Summer Series at Verizon continued Saturday, June 14 with a double bill of groups that put the boom in Boomer Rock.
They cranked it up to arena rock volume and the canopy was vibrating like the skin on the bass drum on stage.
The sharpshooters of .38 Special fired their first volley of "Rockin' into the Night" and kept good on that promise through a 15-song hit catalog.
The "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" frontman Don Barnes opined that there seemed to be some wild-eyed Southern boys in the house tonight, and it looked like there were some pretty wild-eyed girls as well.
Several good whoops confirmed it, and they played their theme song.
By Raymond Britt
The legendary classic rock band Boston lands in Chicago for a concert loaded with unforgettable hits, backed by a literally patented and trademarked sound system. Boston's debut album, released 38 years ago, has sold more than 17 million copies, and remains one of the most popular albums on today's classic rock charts.
Boston doesn't often undertake big tours (only 13 since 1976); this will be only the band's third show in Chicago since 2004. Boston last played live in Chicago in 2008, a terrific concert at the lakefront pavilion by the Adler Planetarium. This year's event will also be performed along the lake, at Montrose Beach.
Tom Scholz, the band's everything -- founder, writer, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and producer, holder of 34 patents used in the design of Boston's Rockman stage guitar effects and amplification, and named one of the 'Top 10 Smartest Musicians' by Time Magazine' -- promises a concert filled with all the hits Boston fans want to hear and more. Those include 'More Than a Feeling', 'Rock and Roll Band', 'Foreplay/Long Time', 'Smokin', 'Don't Look Back', 'Party', and 'Amanda'.