Boston, Aerosmith And Farrenheit Play For 82,000 At Cotton Bowl

By Steve Morse
Boston Globe

DALLAS -- Bostonians stood tall in the Lone Star State this weekend. The 10th annual Texas Jam -- played in 96-degree heat before a recordsetting 82,000 fans at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday -- was a crowning moment for Boston's rock 'n' roll community.

Three of the six bands at this all-day swelterfest call the Land of the Cod their home. Farrenheit, Aerosmith and the headlining act Boston, gave the Texas Jam an unprecedented Yankee flavor.

"Between us, Boston, Aerosmith and all our crews, it feels like a New England reunion!" beamed Charlie Farren, sitting gratefully in an airconditioned trailer behind the stadium.

Farrenheit had just opened the event with a jolting set of rock that went well beyond their mild pop image. "We got more than 80,000 human beings here. We got to play it LOUD!" Farren yelled to a young audience filled with shirtless men and bikinied women who had fought through traffic snarls of up to five miles to get there.

By Steve Morse
Boston Globe

WORCESTER --To commemorate Boston's historic nine-night run at the Worcester Centrum, Boston Mayor Flynn recently sent a proclamation to the band. It read: "Boston's appeal spans all generations of music lovers --and the band will go down in the city of Boston's history as being as famous as Paul Revere, Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church."

"The mayor didn't give it to us in person but sent a proxy who actually read those words with a straight face," guitarist Tom Scholz laughed after Monday's final show.

Whether the band will stay as famous as Paul Revere remains to be seen, but the group set a variety of records at the Centrum. Their nine shows dwarfed the previous record of four shared by Van Halen and Journey. They drew nearly 120,000 fans during the nine nights --enough to fill Foxborough's Sullivan Stadium twice. And they even set a mark for "the biggest balloon drop in the history of the Centrum," according to administrator Pat Lynch. About 3,000 balloons were freed from the rafters after a tumultuous half-hour of encores on Monday.

"This was the best show I think we've ever played," Scholz said, overcome by emotion in the dressing room. "The crowd and just everything about it was the best. The only trouble is that it will never be this good again!"

Band's leader airs social concerns on long-awaited fifth studio album

By Mark Pratt
The Associated Press

Longtime fans of the rock band Boston will find some of what they are looking for on Corporate America, the band's fifth studio album.

They'll also find a few departures.

"Before, I was constrained by what a Boston listener wanted to hear on a Boston CD," said Tom Scholz, songwriter, musician and driving force behind the band that first rose to prominence in the 1970s. "But my musical tastes are far wider than has ever appeared on a Boston album. I tried to make a new album that was identifiable as Boston, but wasn't '70s rock."

There are some tracks, featuring Mr. Scholz's soaring guitar work and Brad Delp's tenor vocals, that unmistakably have the band's signature heavy mellow sound from the 1970s.

Boston, at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, last night.

By Brett Milano
Boston Herald

So you want to see a band that's right on the cutting edge, in touch with all the latest trends?

Then you were probably nowhere near Boston's concert at the Tweeter Center last night.

For nearly three hours, guitarist Tom Scholz and his crew did the kind of grandiose arena rock that almost nobody plays any more, showing enough heart to make it work.

The live sound was beautifully detailed, with mile-high harmonies and multiple guitar parts - all of it played live with no sequences or backing tapes.

By Steve Morse
Boston Globe

MANSFIELD -- The band Boston will always have a soft spot in local hearts. The group's self-titled debut album in 1976 sold 14 million copies, a record for a first album until Guns N' Roses came along. Boston also used to do three-night stands at Boston Garden and once did a nine-night run at the Worcester Centrum. And what other local band ever made its New York City debut by leap-frogging the clubs and going straight to Madison Square Garden?

Boston isn't prolific (the group has released just five albums in 27 years) and has never been viewed as better in concert than in the studio. But it was impossible to deny the fun of Boston's homecoming show at the Tweeter Center on Friday. Thanks to classic-rock stations, especially the local WZLX-FM (100.7), Boston is still a viable entity in the marketplace. It drew 9,500 fans -- an increase from the 7,300 that caught the last Tweeter Center gig in 1997.