Classic rock band Boston brought their time capsule of hits to the Casino Rama stage for a sold out performance this past Thursday evening. As is customary at Rama, there was no opening band. The only founding member of the touring band now is guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, Tom Scholz. That's one heck of a resume for an artist, but for Scholz, its business as it has always been. Right from the beginning he has had his hand in creating everything that is Boston. One of the biggest problems for Scholz these days is finding a suitable vocalist to fill the unfillable shoes of Brad Delp, who left a canyon in the band after his untimely death in 2007.
By Chad Hobbs
The thousands of fans that packed Columbus' Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fair on Thursday were treated to a two act concert that was sure to be nostalgic for the older fans and exciting for younger fans that maybe had never seen Kansas or Boston live before. Twenty eight songs were played between the two classic rock giants which was well worth the $30 ticket price.
Kansas kicked off the evening and quickly played through their nine song set. I had never seen them before and wasn't real familiar with their non-hit songs. Their live performance, however, was impressive. The crowd reacted well to them, especially during hit songs Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward Son. After their performance on Thursday I would definitely see them again in a headliner role.
By Colleen Jurkiewicz
The concert-goers of Milwaukee and the BMO Harris Pavilion have a new relationship. They're in that awkward place. We've all been there. One moment you think everything's great, you've found the one, they like all the same music that you do! And then the next moment you find out something weird about them, like maybe they're disorganized, and on top of it Daughtry cancels and all of a sudden you don't want to take the BMO Harris Pavilion home to meet your mom anymore because you're angry and confused.
Several people were angry and confused tonight due to various snafus with held tickets and other irritating byproducts of busy concerts. "No wonder this place is failing," one man ahead of me in line said angrily when his tickets were not available immediately.
But I think in the end Milwaukee will decide that the BMO Harris Pavilion is the one, or at least that they can't do any better. The place has cupholders on the back of the seats, for crying out loud. How do you not love that?
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.
By: Steve Morse
As the years go by, it's more clear than ever that Brad Delp was one of rock's greatest pure singers. His death in 2007 created a huge void for the band Boston. Founder/producer Tom Scholz (above) does his best to compensate with multiple replacement singers on this new album (Boston's first in 11 years), but it's the three carryover songs with Delp that provide the most buzz. Two are either remixed or remade from the last disc, "Corporate America," including "Someone" (with Delp soaring into his patented high-tenor realm) and "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love," showcasing some silky R&B stylings. Delp and Kimberley Dahme share lead vocals on the stately polemic "Sail Away," about how the Bush White House botched the Hurricane Katrina cleanup. Most other songs are familiar Boston-style, love-song fare, with Scholz's layered guitars and arena-rock riffs aligned behind different lead singers Tommy DeCarlo, David Victor, Dahme (a tender "If You Were in Love"), and Scholz himself on the erratic "Love Got Away." What has gotten away is the magic that Delp brought, but give Scholz credit for trying to plug the gap, though with up-and-down results. Boston diehards will be intrigued, but the overall album might not translate to the general public. (Out Tuesday)
Essential "Sail Away"