Back with a feeling: Boston on tour behind new studio album, its 6th in 38 years
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

By Karen Nazor Hill
Times Free Press

In 2008, Tommy DeCarlo traded in his orange apron for a microphone.

The transformation took DeCarlo from his job as a credit manager at a Home Depot in Charlotte, N.C., to center stage as the lead singer for Boston. And that's where he'll be tonight when Boston takes the Coca-Cola Stage at Riverbend.

It's a Cinderella story for DeCarlo, 49, who says he got hooked on Boston's music when he was 12. A self-taught musician, DeCarlo started singing when he was 6 or 7 years old. "I used to sing along to my parents' eight-track tapes in the family station wagon," he says.

In elementary school, he joined the school choir and often, but unsuccessfully, auditioned for lead roles. It wasn't until he became a Boston fan that he started singing along with the band's original lead singer, the late Brad Delp.

"It wasn't like I was trying to sing like Brad, it was just that I loved to sing along with him," DeCarlo says on the band's website.

Boston brings Heaven on Earth tour to Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 07, 2014

Historic City News

Rock 'n' Roll legends BOSTON brought the highly anticipated "Heaven on Earth" tour live to the St Augustine Amphitheatre tonight, performing to a packed house. BOSTON is always a huge crowd pleaser, and tonight was no exception, according to Historic City News photojournalist Mark Cubbedge.

The crowd tonight got to enjoy music from the band's highly acclaimed 2012 tour with some exciting additions. BOSTON prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the exceptional sound that is faithful to their studio recordings.

"The band has its own high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing," Cubbedge wrote. "This summer's concert follows the successful release of their latest album, Life, Love & Hope."

BOSTON burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling" "Peace of Mind" and "Smokin" — rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today.

Tonight, the St Augustine and St Johns County audience found that there was something for everyone and the band fulfilled the expectations of both its longtime fans and introduced a new generation to one of rock 'n' roll's great acts.

How a Charlotte singer came to join Boston
Thursday, June 05, 2014

By Michael J. Solender
Charlotte Observer

Singer Tommy DeCarlo's largest audience before 2007 was about 40 people at a bowling alley, where his backup music was provided by a karaoke machine.

He'll be met by a much larger crowd when he takes the stage Tuesday evening at the NC Music Factory's Uptown Amphitheatre, where he'll be fronting for the '70s mega-band Boston.

To say that DeCarlo was an unlikely candidate to join and tour with the band is an understatement.

"I grew up as a teen listening to Boston," said DeCarlo, 49, who was working as a credit manager at a local Home Depot when he joined the band in 2008 after its original lead singer, Brad Delp, took his own life.

"After his death, I learned that a benefit concert was planned where Boston would be playing. I covered a few songs and posted them to a Myspace account I had in tribute. A friend had a contact email for the band and encouraged me to send my recordings. I sent a cover of ‘Don't Look Back,' and the next thing I knew I was on the phone with Tom Scholz (Boston founder) and then singing at the benefit."

BOSTON Mastermind Tom Scholz: Loving Life and Remaining Hopeful!
Thursday, February 06, 2014

By Jeb Wright
Classic Rock Revisited

BOSTON is back!  Finally, after another decade of waiting Tom Scholz has emerged from his home studio with a collection of tunes that he is ready to unleash upon the world.  BOSTON fans will be thrilled to know that not only do a few of the songs harkens back to the BOSTON glory days of the 1970s, Scholz even used the same equipment to record them as he did the now classic songs of yesteryear.

In typical Tom fashion, however, "Life, Love & Hope" is much more than a trip down memory lane.  Where the song "Heaven on Earth" would sound at home on "Don't Look Back" there are other songs that will cause the usual BOSTON backlash from people who do not want the talented muse to stretch out, artistically.  "Sail Away" has a neat rap section in it and a helicopter and tackles political issues.  There are five different lead vocalists, including the late Brad Delp and even Tom, himself, on a tune.

Never content to rest on his laurels, Scholz is a man who knows what he wants when it comes to both music and life.  He is not afraid to stick his neck out on the line.  And he has done so again with "Life, Love & Hope."  In the interview that follows, Scholz opens up about his songwriting process, his fading need to create new musical technology and how a child's voice was just perfect for one of his new songs.

Boston Is Back: An In-Depth Conversation with Guitar Legend Tom Scholz
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

By: Russell Hall

Beginning with Boston's mega-selling 1976 self-titled debut, the pioneering guitarist has always insisted on creative autonomy, hunkering down in his basement studio, often for years, to craft the songs, sounds and arrangements that meet his exacting standards. Seemingly interminable gaps between albums have been common, but the musical riches on each Boston release have always been worth the wait.

Life, Love & Hope, Boston's first album in 11 years, offers perfect proof of that fact. Rife with Scholz's majestic guitar work-distinguished by one of the most recognizable tones in rock--the album hews close to the classic style that first put Boston on the map all those years ago. Roiled by the tragic death of lead singer Brad Delp in 2007, Scholz settled on a vocalist-by-committee approach for the disc, even stepping up to the microphone to sing one song himself. And, as always, he turned exclusively to his legendary '68 Les Pauls to produce those glorious guitar sounds.

Boston's Tom Scholz Gives 'Peace of Mind' on the Band and New Album 'Life, Love and Hope' (Interview)
Monday, January 06, 2014

By: Ken Sharp
Rock Cellar Magazine

In 1976, the music of Boston was inescapable. You'd have to be living on a another planet if you wanted to avoid the melodically-powered aural juggernauts More Than a Feeling, Foreplay/Long Time and Peace of Mind, anthems culled from the group's extraordinary debut, which has tallied over 17 million sales to date.

Over the course of numerous lineup changes and through the tragic death of lead singer Brad Delp, the Boston machine keeps humming with mastermind/chief songwriter/producer/guitarist Tom Scholz faithfully overseeing all their musical adventures.  Now Scholz and company are back with Life, Love & Hope, the group's first new album in over ten years.

Tom Scholz - Boston
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

By A.J. Wachtel
The Noise

Tremendously talented artists like Tom Scholz seldom appear in music markets today. But when they show up and make their voices heard we all stop and listen. BOSTON is back with a new full-length release, Life, Love & Hope, and is better than ever. This occurrence couldn't have happened at a better time. Listen to what Tom Scholz has to say:

Noise: It's been 11 years since Corporate America came out. What have you seen change in the music industry during those years?

Tom Scholtz: Two things:  1) Music buyers have embraced the worst sounding method of music reproduction since Edison's original wax phonograph cylinders, the MP3 file, which has actually forced a small segment of listeners to revert to 1960's technology vinyl records just to hear decent audio. 2) According to some industry observers, nine out of ten songs downloaded are stolen files.

My theory is that these two facts are the principle cause of the precipitous decline of the music biz, and with it, the end of world class rock music recording.  It seems that most of the good studios that were available in the Northeast are now gone.

Tom Scholz answers your questions!
Monday, December 16, 2013

By: Joe Bosso

When we spoke with Tom Scholz last month, we tried to leave no stone unturned, peppering the iconic guitarist and architect of the famous Boston sound with questions about his idiosyncratic recording techniques, his gear, the recently issued Tom Scholz Gibson Collector's Choice #10 Tom Scholz 1968 Les Paul, and Boston's brand-new album Life, Love & Hope.

And yet, we didn't even scratch the surface, evidenced by the amount of questions for Scholz that we received from MusicRadar readers. While prepping for a New England-style blast of snow, the famed music maker and inventor sat down to answer your queries.

A Conversation with Boston's Tom Scholz
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

By: Mike Ragogna
Huffington Post

Mike Ragogna: Hi, how are you Tom?

Tom Scholz: Fine Michael, how are you?

MR: I'm pretty good. I was looking very forward to this interview because I've been such a ridiculous Boston fan for a very long time.

TS: Well, thank you.

MR: [laughs] Okay, let's jump into Life, Love, And Hope. This album has taken a long time to put together. As you were creating it, was there a theme?

Boston's Tom Scholz: The Return of Rockman
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

By: Adam Perlmutter
Premier Guitar

Prior to the late 1970s, guitar practice gear tended to produce small and inferior sounds. But then, the MIT graduate and Polaroid engineer Tom Scholz pioneered the Rockman--a pocket-sized headphone amp producing such robust analog effects as compression, distortion, cabinet simulation, chorus, and reverb. This development of course helped pave the way for digital plug-in-and-play hardware, software, and even free apps that today make it possible for a guitarist to instantly harness any sound imaginable--technology that, ironically, Scholz isn't particularly that fond of. "Don't get me started on the many shortcomings of digital sound," he says.

Scholz is perhaps best known as the pioneering member of the arena rock band Boston. The group's roots date back to the mid-'70s, when Scholz spent a fortune assembling a recording studio in the basement of his Watertown, Massachusetts, apartment, holing up there when he wasn't working at Polaroid. With the assistance of vocalist Brad Delp, Scholz painstakingly assembled the demos that in 1975 would land him a contract with Epic. These tapes would form the basis of the band's eponymous 1976 album, featuring Delp and Scholz along with guitarist Barry Goudreau, bassist Fran Sheehan, and drummer John "Sib" Hashian. It was one of the best-selling debuts in history, selling more than 17 million copies.

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