It seems that Boston's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner has caused quite a stir. It seems that there are some people who are outraged by the rendition of the national anthem, calling it a "disgrace" and an "outrage". After the anthem, there was an outpour of anger on the Fiesta Bowl message board (the posts have since been removed, however, new posts have emerged).

According to officials for the Fiesta Bowl, phones have been ringing off the hook with an outpour of complaints, but they stand by their decision to have Boston perform the anthem stating they have "done things just a little bit different than other bowl games"
(source: Phoenix360.com)

**Note: Check the post from Jan. 04 regarding an editorial on the controverial performance.

The world watched today as Boston performed the Star Spangled Banner live at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Fiesta bowl aired live at 4:30pm EST on ABC (and also TSN in Canada).

If you missed the performance, don't worry. You can see the performance 24/7 in the Screening Room. You can also see some screen shots in the Pics section.

If you saw the performance @ The Fiesta Bowl, you may have noticed that there were 7 people performing on stage. One of them (playing guitar) was Antonio Cosmo (Fran's son).

There's also a new drummer (I don't know what happened to Curly), and there was a female bass player. By the looks of things, the bass player was Kimberley Dahme. I don't know if she's in the band permamently or just filled in for the one show, but I'll post more information as it becomes available to me.

It looks like the band is getting ready for the Fiesta Bowl. Even though they're performing the instrumental version of Star Spangled Banner, the entire band is involved with it (which means Brad Delp and Fran Cosmo are participating despite the fact that they won't be singing).

The whole band has spent the last few days rehearsing, and will continue to do so until the event (they'll even be having a dress rehearsal, from what I hear).

It looks like the pre-game ceremonies are set for 2:20pm MST (with the kickoff @ 2:50pm).

What'cha doin' New Years Day (besides recovering from New Year's Eve!)? You better make yourself prepared to catch the Fiesta Bowl. Why? Because Boston will be playing the Star Spangled Banner LIVE! This'll be Boston's first live television appearance (that I know of). As for the time, I've seen 3 different times (8pm MST; 3pm MST; 2:30pm MST). I'll keep looking for more details, and when I find them, you can be sure to find them right here!

The official Fiesta Bowl website is available at:
http://www.tostitosfiestabowl.com

Thursday, November 29th marks the birthday of former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau. Happy birthday Barry!

Have any plans for January 12, 2002? You may want to keep your calendar open for this...

BeatleJuice brings their amazing re-creation of all of your favorite Beatles songs to The Music Hall for one special evening. A rare seacoast appearance by these amazing musicians benefits the Sexual Assault Support Service's Children's Education and Prevention Programs.

Led by multi-platinum award winning singer Brad Delp of the band BOSTON, this all star lineup is sure to get your heads bobbing and feet tapping in this special all ages show. It's all Beatles music, all night. Close your eyes and you'll swear that it's The Fab Four on stage!

Tickets are now on sale, but this show's expected to sell out quickly. It all happens Saturday, January 12, 2002 @ 8:00pm.

To order tickets online:
http://www.themusichall.org/schedule/detail.cfm?EventID=974
or Call The Music Hall Box Office at: (603) 436-2400

Wednesday, November 21st marks the birthday of Boston guitarist Gary Pihl. Happy birthday Gary!

(from MelodicRock.com)

Escape Music is currently working on the Boston Tribute Album. Featuring a host of vocal talents including: Terry Brock (Sign, Strangeways) Tony O' Hara (Praying Mantis), Peter Sundell (Grand Illusion), Chris Ousey (Heartland, The Distance, Virginia Wolf), Darcy Deutsch (Prism, Pokerface) & Steve Overland (FM).

Also with Steve Morris (Heartland) on guitar, Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Mike Walsh guitar and Hammond Organ (Departure) Don Airey on keyboard and Kenny Kaos on guitar, Frank Baker on drums and Dave Hopia on bass. Including many other guest musicians. The album will be ready early next year.