By Mike Wilson
Thursday night, August 16, the Calvert Museum hosted the legendary classic rock band Boston with the local favorite "Sam Grow" the opening at their PNC Waterside Pavilion.
Boston entered the public consciousness with the release of their first album "Boston" on 8 August 1976. The album sold over 17 million copies and ranks as the best-selling debut album in U.S. history with such hits as "More than a feeling, Peace of Mind" and my personal favorite "Foreplay/Long time."
With MIT Masters graduate Tom Scholz, guiding the music and direction of the band and playing lead and rhythm guitar, Boston produced four more albums – "Don't Look Back", "Third Stage", "Walk On" and "Corporate America."
Boston's distinctive music can be attributed to Scholz's use of complex, multi-tracked electric and acoustic guitar harmonies and the extended vocal ranges of the original lead singer Brad Delp.
Today, Tom Scholz is guiding the music of Boston from his basement studio. While the original members of Brad Delp, Sib Hashian, Fran Sheehan and Barry Goudreau are no longer with the band, their sound still resonates with the fans through the current members.
Gary Pihl joined the band in 1985 and provides backing vocals while playing rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals.
Drummer Curly Smith joins Tom Scholz with percussion, harmonica and backing vocals.
Lead vocalist Tommy DeCarlo also joins Scholz with keyboards and percussion.
David Victor plays guitar and provides vocals while Tracy Ferrie plays bass guitar and provides backing vocals.
Thursday was a great walk down memory lane for me where the only thing missing was the palm trees and surf of Hawaii where I grew up.
The Calvert Marine Museum will host rocker "Cheap Trick" and "Blondie" Sunday August 30 at 7:30 p.m. The tickets for this concert went on sale to the public August 7th.