By Darrell Shelley
The Scene

Quebec City Summer Festival Day 5 - Boston and The Doobie Brothers brought the classics back to The Plains Of Abraham but it was a strange brew.

Pairing up The Doobie Brothers with Boston is like pairing a 1993 Chateauneuf Du Pape with a Tuna Salad from the local grocery store, you just don't do it!

I'm not comparing one band to a Tuna Salad and another to a delicious Wine, but together it didn't work.

Boston clearly rocked out and rocks on levels much higher than The Doobie Brothers. While, The Doobie Brothers did a fine job of bringing out the older baby boomer demographic, Boston kept the boomers happy, drew in a new legion of fans and basically did what was done and more.

Both performances were good in their own right. Let's take a look.

By Chad Hobbs

If you were one of the 5,000 or so of us who helped pack the LC Pavilion last night; I'm sure that you'd agree that it was a night that you won't soon forget. Everybody is familiar with how flawless BOSTON sounds on recording. I mean for crying out loud, Tom Scholz takes ten years to perfect each album, refusing to release it until it is absolutely pristine. The thing that makes them so much better, to me, is that they are able to replicate that signature sound flawlessly on stage. If you listen to a piece of their music, you will understand that there is a lot of things going on in there. There are lots of intricate and subtle things happening that contribute to the whole piece and they flat out go onto the stage and execute it perfectly. It amazes me every single time I see them. They seamlessly transitioned through songs from every album but Corporate America, making sure to get the rock anthems, some new stuff, and of course some deeper cuts that actually come to life better in a live environment.

Unfortunately, I missed the opening act; Scotty Bratcher. I'd seen him before as the opener for Cheap Trick, and was looking forward to seeing him again. I'm a huge fan of blues guitar and long time Bratcher mega-fan, Silas Joliff, was able to fill me in on the good stuff that I missed. Any set that includes Jimi Hendrix gets my approval. Since we arrived late, though, we weren't able to get into the pit until right before BOSTON took stage. We made our way to within about ten feet from where Scholz would be standing and simply watched as BOSTON's perfect music was perfectly performed for close to two hours.

By Matt Wardlaw
Cleveland Scene

If you're a Boston fan, you know that band leader Tom Scholz doesn't get out much, something that the veteran guitarist/producer himself acknowledged during a recent interview. As a result, when Scholz takes Boston out on the road, he really puts a lot of effort into making sure that the band delivers a memorable show. They did just that during their performance last night at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in front of a crowd of more than 3,000 people. Dark clouds, which quickly turned into a torrential downpour, would make it a challenging evening for both the band and the road crew, but from the smiles that both Scholz and fellow guitarist Gary Pihl had plastered across their faces throughout the night, you wouldn't have known that it was anything other than a regular summer night out under the stars.

Vocalist Tommy DeCarlo handles most of the vocals for the band these days in the absence of the late Brad Delp and he proved to be worthy of the job. Plucked from his day job at a Home Depot location in North Carolina in early 2008, DeCarlo's vocals were unbelievably reminiscent of Delp's classic voice. He wasn't an incredibly dynamic performer visually, but he was a fan-friendly presence, often making eye contact with those in the crowd and even walking to the edge of the stage to exchange high fives and handshakes with those in the front row. But most importantly, he provided the missing link to make the classic Boston hits sound just like you remember them.

By Bill Brownlee
The Kansas City Star

The 1978 Boston hit "Don't Look Back" is a thunderous declaration about the value of living in the present. More than 7,000 nostalgic fans of classic rock refused to heed the message Thursday as they crowded Starlight Theatre.

The serviceable but flawed performances by Boston and Kansas reflected the challenges faced by aging rock bands and their dedicated audiences. The fans at Starlight witnessed a headlining band that had just one original member, and the opening act was one of the final concerts for its most prominent musician.

The release of Boston's self-titled debut album in 1976 altered the course of rock 'n' roll. In addition to selling more than 20 million copies, the recording introduced the sonic innovations of Tom Scholz. The rock equivalent of the startup chime on an Apple computer, Scholz's influential guitar tone is a technological marvel.

By Bruce Rushton
Illinois Times

Those -- and there were a substantial number in attendance -- who saw Boston at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday will, I suppose, have one of two reactions.

It was really cool! They played all the big songs, except "Hitch A Ride" -- that's my favorite, but, oh well. Still, pretty awesome!

Or something along the lines of what I thought, which can be summed up in a single word: meh. Extrapolated: Boy, 1976 sure was a long time ago, wasn't it?

For those of us who were there and of a mindset, Boston was an undelible part of growing up in the 1970s. Their debut album sold 17 million. They were bigger than Nirvana. And then they weren't. The coattail effect never lasts, and so it was with Boston, which has put out six albums now, each one less successful than the one before. And there is a reason for that.