By Ted Hansen
If the creative genius behind the band Boston, Tom Scholz, ever wants to add to his impressive resume, he can include children's toy maker. Friday night, July 25, 2014 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Scholz and Boston were masters of the jack-in-the-box technique. That's where the pacing of the songs being played allow you sit down one moment, only to pop back up in the next.
Some people never did sit down and had the age of most in the audience been the same as when they first heard songs like "More Than A Feeling" or "Foreplay/Long Time," some thirty eight years ago, it's doubtful anybody would have sat down. With Boston's performance, you really didn't want to miss a second of the 100 minute show they put on.
By Peter Larsen
Orange County Register
By the end of Boston's return to the Forum in Los Angeles on Tuesday you could see the orange flicker of actual cigarette lighters here and there amid the usual cell phones a-glowing.
Forget the drummers – Boston and opening act Cheap Trick each gave their bass players spotlight turns in which to solo during their respective sets.
And you knew Boston still would have that spaceship window deal on the video screens, plus they also brought along a massive gong because, you know, it's cool to bash on that thing a few times every night.
The Forum reopened this year all shiny and new again but the landing of Boston and Cheap Trick turned all the clocks back to the '70s, the decade in which these now-classic acts first headlined the landmark L.A. arena.
By Adrian Gomez
Boston's success goes back to the 1970s and '80s.
It is known for its hit singles "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Smokin'," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda."
The band has sold more than 31 million albums in the United States alone and has amassed fans worldwide.
So it would be crazy to think that joining the band would be intimidating, right? Tommy DeCarlo got a chance to join the band in 2007, after original lead singer Brad Delp committed suicide.
By Nancy Parisi
The Buffalo News
Western New York's jam-packed summer concert calendar has been, at times, meteorologically challenged: thunderstorm with a chance of cancellation has been a trend. But rock 'n' roll forges on.
Fans of the long-running, classic-rocking band Boston may have had collective, sinking hearts on Tuesday afternoon as teeming rain and dark gray skies took over the region hours before gates were to open at Artpark. Tuesdays in the Park shows are rain-or-shine affairs - but what fan, band member or roadie relishes the idea of a concert experience amid a torrent?
But a rock 'n' roll miracle happened: At 4:30 p.m., the sun emerged.
The sold-out show was a sea of several generations of Boston fans, ranging in age from 20s to 60s, singing along to most of the songs and filling in all areas of the amphitheater. Optimistic Boston fans wore their best concert attire; there were few rain ponchos visible.
By Timothy Guy
The Press Enterprise
It only takes a few seconds of the first guitar notes of "More Than a Feeling" for Boston's Gary Pihl to create classic rock magic.
And those few seconds are all it takes to get a crowd on their feet and singing along. Boston, a classic rock radio staple, has a string of Southern California dates on the books: Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula on Sunday, The Forum in Inglewood on Tuesday, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay in San Diego on Wednesday and Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage on Aug. 1.
"I play a 12-string acoustic guitar to start that song," Pihl said in a recent phone interview. "All you need to do is play four notes and the crowd starts clapping and cheering. They know right away. There's 10,000 people, and we're all (on) the same page."
Boston roots trace back to when founder Tom Scholz was attending college in 1969. According to the band's website, "Foreplay" was the first song that Scholz ever wrote. The band went on to massive success with hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Don't Look Back," "Amanda" and "I Need Your Love."