Boston fans of all ages rock out as skies clear for Artpark show
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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.

Boston, Cheap Trick to perform at Arts Center Sunday
Saturday, June 28, 2014

By Brian Aberback

WHO: Boston and Cheap Trick.

WHAT: Rock.

IN TOWN: 7 p.m. Sunday, PNC Bank Arts Center, Garden State Parkway, exit 116, Holmdel; 732-203-2500 or $25.50 to $81.50.

ALSO PERFORMING: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y.; 516-221-1000 or $37.50 to $82.50.


Boston vocalist Tommy DeCarlo has sung the band's hits for the past seven years. Now, fans have the chance to hear the energetic singer perform new material. "I love singing the classics, but to sing on something new is very special," DeCarlo said by phone. "It's an amazing experience being part of a Boston record."

Boston's first album with DeCarlo, "Life, Love & Hope," was issued in December. The band performs on Sunday in Holmdel and Tuesday at Jones Beach.

Boston to play Holmdel, Atlantic City
Friday, June 27, 2014

By Ed Condran
Asbury Park Press

It isn't easy for a band to move forward after its vocalist dies. But Boston, which lost singer Brad Delp in 2007, has forged ahead.

After Delp's shocking suicide, guitarist-songwriter Tom Scholz has found the resolve to keep the long-running, but slow-moving, band alive.

Scholz is perhaps the most meticulous tunesmith in rock. The brainy electronics geek pays attention to every detail and works on each nuance while making a song. As a result, Boston released just three albums after 1978's "Don't Look Back" up until Delp took his life.

Boston Is Back: Tom Scholz Talks Tone
Friday, June 27, 2014

By Jude Gold
Guitar Player

If you've been exposed to any amount of rock radio over the years, you've probably heard Boston's "Hitch a Ride" dozens, if not hundreds, of times. But did you ever notice that the Hammond organ on that song does something impossible? The last note of its solo clearly bends up a whole-step--but there is no pitch-bend on a Hammond.

To see how Boston founder Tom Scholz pulled off this bit of sonic subterfuge, let's time travel back a few decades and step into the tiny recording studio he had beneath his Watertown, Massachusetts, apartment in the mid-'70s--the cramped basement where the guitarist, fresh out of MIT and working as an engineer for Polaroid, tracked every part (except for vocals and hand claps) on Boston's multi-platinum eponymous 1976 debut.

Good things come to those Boston fans who wait
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

By Gary Graff
Morning Sun

Tom Scholz is ambitious.

It's just that he values quality over quantity. To the extreme.

That's why Boston, the band he founded -- guess where? -- has released just six albums during its history and is prone to lengthy waits. There were eight-year waits between the group's three previous albums, and the new "Life, Love & Hope" surfaced in December after a whopping 11 years, debuting at No. 37 on the Billboard 200.

And, Scholz acknowledges with a laugh, "I probably would have kept going on this one, but it was getting a little long. All of these songs, they're basically done when I don't think I can express myself any better with the music for whatever I was trying to say. That might be because I'm so burnt on it that I don't think I can do any better or because I think it would be really dangerous to try to change it any more -- that I just might make it worse or lose something.

Boston w/The Doobie Brothers | 06.20.14
Monday, June 23, 2014

Written by Marc Farr

Classic rock doesn't get much better than this lineup. The Doobie Brothers opened the night in great form, fine-tuned and tight. Starting their set with "Jesus Is Just Alright," they played hit after classic hit, including "Rockin' Down the Highway" and "Takin' It to the Streets." The summer soundtrack fell upon the eager ears of the young and the Baby Boomers both. Many a fan were on their feet, hands a-clappin'. Favorites like "Black Water" and "China Grove "came off with precision and nostalgia. Then it was on to their latest material from World Gone Crazy, and the title track thereof. As the Doobie Brothers closed their set with "Listen to the Music," the crowd rose to their feet. You may call them dinosaurs, but these guys won't be making oil anytime soon; they are still too busy "Rockin' Down the Highway."

After a brief intermission, the ever-popular Boston took the stage. What followed was a set featuring the view from inside the Boston Spaceship, which was flying near a nebula, among other places. Touring in support of their latest album, Life, Love and Hope, they rallied through the title track, as well as "The Last Day of School." Founding member Tom Scholz and singer Tommy DeCarlo were in great harmony as they blazed into "Rock and Roll Band." Although the band is known for Schultz's harmony-friendly compositions, this sound can be difficult to pull off live.

After continuing to please the crowd with such favorites as "Smokin," "Don't Look Back," "Amanda," "Peace of Mind," and many more hits, Boston left the crowd fully satisfied by its song selection. Boston are old pros, and their violin-sounding guitars shone through brightly—although it took three live guitarists to deliver. Boston's seven members were riding high Friday night, proficiency ever apparent.

Sometimes, in order to enjoy the future, one must look back, and we did just that on Friday night. What we got in return was a great, nostalgic show, an enjoyable time, indeed.

One on One with Jeff Neal, Drummer for Boston
Thursday, June 19, 2014

By Christopher Joles
Maine Music News

Do you remember carrying home new vinyl from the record store? Vinyl. All shiny and wrapped in plastic, the art work was not only striking but important. Liner notes were memorized, and often the only photo of the band you were likely to see was the one included in the album cover's design. Remember that new vinyl smell? If this is bringing back memories, you probably had a certain spaceship on at least two album covers in your collection. Not just any spaceship – BOSTON's spaceship.

So which BOSTON riff and lyric that we all know and love just starting circling your brain? Is it "More Than a Feeling," "Don't Look Back," or maybe even "Smokin?" Feels good, doesn't it? Just imagine how good it's going to feel when you see BOSTON live at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine on July 2nd. Got your tickets yet?

When Maine Music News heard that BOSTON was scheduled to perform as part of the summer concert line up we were immediately looking forward to the show.

That may be an understatement, actually. We have to admit however that we haven't been following BOSTON very closely over the last few years. When we checked out their recent list of album releases and appearances, we were thrilled to see that Boston has been very busy indeed. Their latest album, Life, Love & Hope, was released in 2013.

When we had the opportunity to chat with BOSTON drummer, Jeff Neal, a Maine native, we jumped at the chance. Here is what he had to say about playing with one of the greatest American rock and roll bands.

Guitarist Tom Scholz Talks MP3s, Power Chords And Symphonic Rock
Thursday, June 19, 2014

By Michael Hamad

Six albums in nearly 40 years: it's not what you'd call prolific. But just listen to those albums -- the layered guitar lines on "Piece of Mind," the Brad Delp's vocals on "Hitch a Ride," or pick your favorite spot -- and you might agree the countless hours guitarist/engineer/songwriter Tom Scholz spent on these tracks was worth it. For the past four decades, Scholz, an MIT-trained engineer who left a good position at Polaroid when the first Boston album, produced in his homemade, basement studio, started taking off, has been behind it all, tinkering, adjusting levels, mixing, composing, and inventing new gadgets and sounds when he couldn't get what he was after.

It's no surprise, then, that on stage, Scholz is similarly concerned with the way the band sounds. CTNow spoke to the musician from a tour stop in Texas about Boston's current Heaven on Earth Tour, which arrives at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Saturday, June 28. (Boston's only other New England appearance is July 3 in Gilford, New Hampshire.) [This interview has been condensed and edited for space and clarity.]

Boston and 38 Special rock Verizon
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

By Jemille Williams

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Summer Series at Verizon continued Saturday, June 14 with a double bill of groups that put the boom in Boomer Rock.

They cranked it up to arena rock volume and the canopy was vibrating like the skin on the bass drum on stage.

The sharpshooters of .38 Special fired their first volley of "Rockin' into the Night" and kept good on that promise through a 15-song hit catalog.

The "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" frontman Don Barnes opined that there seemed to be some wild-eyed Southern boys in the house tonight, and it looked like there were some pretty wild-eyed girls as well.

Several good whoops confirmed it, and they played their theme song.

Boston and Mount Prospect Native Gary Pihl Return to Rock
Friday, June 13, 2014

By Raymond Britt
Chigaco Tribune

The legendary classic rock band Boston lands in Chicago for a concert loaded with unforgettable hits, backed by a literally patented and trademarked sound system. Boston's debut album, released 38 years ago, has sold more than 17 million copies, and remains one of the most popular albums on today's classic rock charts.

Boston doesn't often undertake big tours (only 13 since 1976); this will be only the band's third show in Chicago since 2004. Boston last played live in Chicago in 2008, a terrific concert at the lakefront pavilion by the Adler Planetarium. This year's event will also be performed along the lake, at Montrose Beach.

Tom Scholz, the band's everything -- founder, writer, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and producer, holder of 34 patents used in the design of Boston's Rockman stage guitar effects and amplification, and named one of the 'Top 10 Smartest Musicians' by Time Magazine' -- promises a concert filled with all the hits Boston fans want to hear and more. Those include 'More Than a Feeling', 'Rock and Roll Band', 'Foreplay/Long Time', 'Smokin', 'Don't Look Back', 'Party', and 'Amanda'.

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