By Michael Mckenna
We were packed like sardines in a sold-out house waiting for Rock n' Roll legends BOSTON to take the stage. The crowd reminded me of a convention of baby-boomers, the only thing missing were the long hairs and certain vapors from days gone by. It had been 40 years since I first heard those hard-driven guitars and 38 years since I last saw the band live at the Harrisburg Farm Show Arena, all this during the heyday of the disco era of the mid-70's.
The music we were about to hear emerged from Tom Sholtz's basement studio and proceeded to sell over 17 million copies and went multi-platinum without hitting number 1. The combination of bluesy infused rock, slamming guitars and pounding percussion took the genre by storm and left its mark that has lasted decades. This marked the beginning of "Corporate Rock" from the majors in the industry. Today, the music is known as Classic Rock and has many new fans of all ages as was proven at this show.
By Stephen Peterson
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- It was the only New England concert for the group Boston on their current tour, so Thursday night's stop at Mohegan Sun Arena was in essence the hometown show.
And the sonic rock band from The Hub didn't disappoint, putting on a dazzling, two-hour performance. Rick Springfield was supposed to open but didn't, so Boston had the stage all to itself.
While the band is down to one original member, Tom Scholz, he is their founder, songwriter and producer, playing lead and rhythm guitar and keyboards, and providing backing vocals. And the rest of the band jelled smoothly with Scholz, showcasing the unique Boston techno sound.
Classic rock band headlines fair's An Evening of Music & Wine event
By Valerie Vaz
It's been a long time since classic rocker band Boston visited San Luis Obispo County, but I had "More Than a Feeling" that I was in for a good show when the band took the stage July 31 at the California Mid-State Fair.
This year's An Evening of Music & Wine concert took place at the Chumash Grandstand Arena, with decorated tables set up near the stage where concertgoers could sit and relax. Outside food was allowed, and wine and other beverages were available for sale.
Around 7 p.m., opening act Zzah started things off with smooth instrumental jams to set the mood. But the roughly 6,000 people milling around at the concert venue, were definitely eager for Boston to come on.
Finally peace of mind came at 8:05 p.m. when Boston walked onstage.
By Eva Dunn
Gold Country Times
Classic rock legends BOSTON with REO Speedwagon brought their "More Than a Feeling" tour to the beautiful Murphy's Ironstone Amphitheater on Saturday night, July 25th. With the awesome, classic sound of their earlier records, Boston’s new music still embodies the creative, the imaginative and harmonious, appealing to ageless generations. Ironstone brought classic rock to gold country in an UNBELIEVABLE show.
The spectacular concert was exhilarating with dramatic light shows, an indescribable melding of harmonious yet seemingly cacophonous music, while a visual presentation played on the huge screen behind the band. Of special note was the wild Hammond organ work, almost never ending, and soaring, endless harmony guitars leaving us in musical bliss. The concert was a festival of sensory overloads, intense!
By Ken Johnson
If you were not in Murphys at the Ironstone Amphiteathre on Saturday, you missed what has to be the rock and roll equivalent to a Bigfoot sighting.
The Boston and REO Speedwagon concert was unbelievably perfect. Having seen Boston in the '80s, I actually was eager to see REO as they, too, were a big part of my blaring-car-radio-fueled youth.
REO was loud and proud and if anyone didn't recognize at least a dozen Top 10 hits from the golden age of arena rock, they just weren't paying attention.
But then the lights came on and crews completely broke down the clean minimalistic stage setup for REO.
A new crew came in to setup Boston's stage rig. When the lights dimmed, the resulting stage looked like what you see when driving west on Highway 4 near the county line at night – dark expanse topped by a thousand shimmering lights.