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New talents live up to high standards of 'Boston'
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

By Jeff Miers
BuffaloNews.com

Perhaps the band is the epitome of what we call "classic rock." Or, more likely, Boston was simply a concept birthed in the mind of a visionary artist, one that just happened to catch on in a major way in the latter '70s, and we all accepted the pinning of the "classic rock" tag on a sound that was conceived without such pretensions.

Labels, in music as in the rest of life, often have very little to do with the art they are thrust upon, and more to do with after-the-fact marketing concerns.

On Tuesday, an enthused and sizeable crowd gathered to catch the 2012 incarnation of Boston in the live format. Following the death several years back of original vocalist Brad Delp - who along with mastermind Tom Scholz conceived and recorded the first Boston album, now one of the highest selling debut albums in rock history - Boston had a lot to prove.

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Boston brings hits, familiarity to Bethlehem
Sunday, August 12, 2012

By Dustin Schoof
The Express-Times

Boston is among the many classic rock bands who seem content on touring the festival circuit and playing their hits. The near-capacity crowd who showed up tonight to Musikfest didn't seem to mind -- or care.

The concert had all the trimmings of a Boston best-of collection; dropping the staples such as "Boston," "Rock & Roll Band" and "Smokin" all within the first 20 minutes. There were twin guitar solos, vocal harmonies and the occasional ballad. (the acoustically oriented "Amanda" in particular elicited many "aw's," which could be heard from those within earshot.)

That is not to diminish or take away from the musical talents of the group's members. Founding guitarist Tom Scholz proved he can still work a fretboard with the best of them, as he laid into the audience with several ripping solos throughout the night. Perched behind his kit, drummer Curly Smith steered the rhythm section with locomotive force.

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Boston singer and guitarist David Victor discusses band's legacy ahead of Musikfest stop
Saturday, August 11, 2012

By Dustin Schoof
The Express-Times

Boston lead singer and guitarist David Victor's enthusiasm for the band and their music is palpable, along with the reverence he has for those early years.

"I grew up with Boston's music and my sister Peggy brought home the Boston album, we played it all the time. Every song was or became a hit," says Victor, whose passion for the band ultimately landed him in the lead vocals spot at the age of 48.

"You don't expect your break when you're nearly 50, but that's how it happened for me," Victor says.

Formed in 1976, Boston will touch down Sunday on the Stands Steel Stage during Bethlehem's Musikfest celebration.

Part of a 40-city tour which began in June, the Musikfest stop is the first for Victor. "Every city we go to is a first for me," says Victor, a native of California. The band performed at Musikfest in 2008.

Victor was brought into the Boston fold about two years ago, thanks to posting his work, playing and singing classic Boston songs on YouTube. "Getting that call was pretty unbelievable," Victor says.

Hits the band maintains on its play list include "Don't Look Back," "Amanda," "Smokin'," "Rock and Roll Band," and "Foreplay/Longtime."

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Music review: Boston brings more than a feeling to local fans at Stage AE
Saturday, August 11, 2012

By Scott Mervis
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's been such a long time ...

Yeah, in fact, it was starting to look a lot like Boston didn't like Pittsburgh. Boston the band, not the city.

Despite just about every other arena-rock band from the '70s making frequent stops here, Boston skipped Pittsburgh on both its 2004 and 2008 tours. Those were very different tours, as 2004 was the final run for beloved singer Brad Delp, who took his own life three years later. The 2008 tour introduced Tommy DeCarlo, who was discovered via YouTube while working at Home Depot in Charlotte, N.C.

The Boston faithful got their first look at him four years ago, but it was all new to us Friday night at a packed Stage AE.

On his second run, Mr. DeCarlo certainly looks more the part, with his hair grown out and the hardware-guy mustache expanded into the aging rock-star goatee. Judging from footage of the last tour, he also seems more animated in the frontman role. Between his range and vocal tone -- not to mention his humility and respect for Mr. Delp -- they could not have found a better man to step in for the original.

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Peace, love, Boston
Friday, August 10, 2012

Heavy-on-the hits old fave will wrap up Musikfest

By Brad Patton
The Times Leader

As the 10-day Musikfest winds down Sunday in Bethlehem, one of the biggest bands of the 1970s will take the stage.

Boston, the band that sold 17 million copies of its self-titled debut from 1976 and went on to become a staple of classic-rock radio, will perform at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza at 8 p.m. Sunday as the 29th annual Musikfest comes to a close.

The band's architect (and only remaining original member) Tom Scholz first began writing songs while attending MIT in 1969 and started putting the band together the following year when he met vocalist Brad Delp. After a few years of demos on which Scholz played all the instruments except drums and various band names, Scholz and Delp were signed to a recording contract as Boston in 1976. They recruited three more musicians who could replicate Scholz's studio creations on stage, and soon the band released its first album.

Thanks to songs such as "More Than A Feeling," which hit No. 5 on the singles chart, "Long Time," "Peace of Mind," "Let Me Take You Home Tonight" and "Rock and Roll Band," the album was a huge success, eventually selling 17 million copies and becoming the second biggest-selling debut of all time (trailing only "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses).

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Home Depot associate Tommy DeCarlo is living out a fantasy of singing for Boston
Thursday, August 09, 2012

By Scott Mervis
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It was tough for Tommy DeCarlo to leave his job at the Home Depot in Charlotte, N.C. -- he liked his co-workers and rather enjoyed helping people find hardware -- and he doesn't rule out going back to it at some point.

For the time being, though, he's the lead singer of Boston.

It's the first band he's ever been in.

In what is becoming a semi-familiar story, Mr. DeCarlo got the gig by posting a video on the Internet -- in this case it was Myspace -- that caught the attention of the band due to his vocal resemblance to the late singer Brad Delp.

Like most kids who came of age in the late '70s, Mr. DeCarlo, 47, was struck by Boston in the summer of '76 when the band released that momentous debut album, which perfectly packaged progressive rock with melodic pop.

"Back when I was around 12 or 13, a friend of mine bought the debut and lent it to me, and I never gave it back," Mr. DeCarlo says. "I fell in love with the music and especially Brad Delp's vocals."

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More than a feeling: Boston back in Pittsburgh
Sunday, August 05, 2012

By Scott Tady
Beaver County Times

PITTSBURGH -- Each night he's on stage, Gary Pihl gets to play one of rock's most famous 12-string guitar intros.

Crowds go wild once they realize it's "More Than a Feeling."

"I'll start that riff, and after about five seconds everyone in the audience recognizes it and starts smiling," said Pihl, lead guitarist for classic-rock band Boston. "Pretty soon they'll be singing along with Tommy (DeCarlo), even singing louder than him and the rest of us. I get a lump in my throat when that happens. I love it. There's no better feeling."

That feeling will be experienced Friday when Boston performs outdoors at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.

Led by founding guitarist-keyboardist-lyricist Tom Scholz, the band will perform a greatest hits-filled show heavy on its eponymous self-titled debut, released 36 years ago this week. Spanning the 8-track, cassette tape, CD and now digital eras, that album sold more than 17 million copies and became the soundtrack to infinite basement parties, backyard cookouts and liberating road trips.

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Boston wins over BMO Harris Pavilion
Saturday, August 04, 2012

By Colleen Jurkiewicz
OnMilwaukee.com

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?

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Boston rocks Columbus with special guests Kansas
Friday, August 03, 2012

By Chad Hobbs
examiner.com

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.

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Boston album worth waiting for says singer
Thursday, August 02, 2012

By Martin Kielty
Classic Rock Magazine

Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo says he knows as much as the fans do about when Tom Scholz will release their next album.

But he insists it will be worth the wait.

DeCarlo has been with the band for four years, but took over the mic full-time last year following the departure of Michael Sweet.

He landed the job after writing a tribute song to classic-era frontman Brad Delp, who committed suicide in 2007.

Mainman Scholz has been working on the follow-up release to 2002's Corporate America for several years. In 2011 he said it was "85 percent complete" and rumours suggest it will see the light of day in 2013.

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