Boston: It's been such a long time

We we’re just another band out of

The legendary rock band BOSTON is on tour RIGHT NOW playing venues all across the northern hemisphere. For more than three decades, this rock band has been a perennial fan and rock radio favorite. Tunes like More Than A Feeling, A Man I’ll Never Be, Smokin, Feeling Satisfied, Don’t Look Back, and Peace of Mind are mega-classic hits. Introduced to the nation in the middle of the disco era, BOSTON helped bring grassroots rock and roll back to the forefront of the American music scene. BOSTON’s self-titled first album has sold over 17 million copies holding a record for best selling debut album. http://bandboston.com/”  Last year, the album was ranked 43 in a list of 200 definitive rock albums by the National Association of Record Manufacturers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Fans young and not-so-young are revving their engines in anticipation for this year’s long awaited classic rock party. Music lovers unindoctrinated to the sound that is BOSTON are in for an unbelievable journey fueled by such standards as Foreplay/longtime, Amanda, and Cool the Engines. Elaborate stage production is a hallmark of Boston, and this year’s tour is no different. Fans will hitch a ride with the band on a spaceship in a journey through time and music.

The current cast of BOSTON is: Michael SweetTommy DeCarlo, Jeff Neal, Kimberley Dahme, Gary Pihl and the main man himself Tom Scholz.

Despite fans’ overwhelming sorrow in the death of Boston long-time lead singer, the incredible Brad Delp in March 2007, Sweek and DeCarlo are filling the bill. While Sweet (Stryper frontman), is a rock veteran, DeCarlo is not only new to Boston, but has never performed in a band before. According to PE.com, Scholtz invited DeCarlo to play in a tribute concert to Delp after hearing DeCarlo’s YouTube  post on his MySpace site.

What Scholtz had to say in an interview with Alan Sculley for The Press-Enterprise: was music to fans ears:

Some bands don’t like playing their old, or their original songs,” Scholz said in a recent phone interview. “I mean, some of these songs I wrote over 30 years ago. But I guess there’s something wrong with me because I still like them.”

Fans and soon-to-be fans are encouraged to take a trip to the official BOSTON website at http://bandboston.com, Take a spin on the super-cool flying guitar to visit Boston’s news, music, history, and more.  Enjoy the journey accompanined by stunning graphics and awesome sound effects.

Check out this 1976 video of BOSTON playing More than a Feeling followed by a fanvid of BOSTON from June 2008.

 

Date                          City                            Venue   Confirmed*

June 6 2008          Thunder Bay, Ont             Marina Park photos

June 7 2008          Winnipeg, Man                  MTS Center *

June 13 2008        Hinckley, MN                   Grand Casino *

June 14 2008        Sault Sainte Marie, MI      Kewadin Casino *

June 15 2008        Detroit, MI                       DTE Amphitheater *

June 19 2008        Baton Rouge, LA              River Place *

June 20 2008        Kinder, LA                       Grand Casino Coushatta *

June 21 2008        San Antonio, TX               Verizon Amphitheater *

June 22 2008        Houston, TX                     Woodlands *

June 24 2008        Grand Prairie, TX             Nokia Live Theater *

June 25 2008        Oklahoma City, OK         Zoo Amphitheatre *

June 27 2008        Phoenix, AZ                     Dodge Theater *

June 28 2008        Las Vegas, NV               Thomas and Mack *

June 29 2008        Tucson, AZ                    Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater *

July 1 2008           Los Angeles, CA            Gibson Amphitheater *

July 3 2008           Del Mar, CA                  San Diego County Fair/ Grandstand *

July 4 2008          Reno, NV                        Peppermill Hotel Casino-Tuscany Ballroom *

July 5 2008          Kelseyville, CA                Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa – Field *

July 7 2008          Saratoga, CA                   The Mountain Winery sold out

July 8 2008          Saratoga, CA                   The Mountain Winery *

July 10 2008        Seattle, WA                       Marymoor Amphitheatre *

July 11 2008        Boise, ID                           Idaho Center Amphitheatre *

July 12 2008        Wendover, NV                Peppermill Casino *

July 13 2008        Denver, CO                     Red Rocks Amphitheater *

July 16 2008        Mahnomen, MN              Shooting Star Casino *

July 17 2008       Cadott, WI                        Rock Fest *

July 18 2008        Monticello, IA                   Great Jones Fair *

July 19 2008        Kansas City, MO              Ameristar Casino *

July 20 2008        Bloomington, IL                 US Cellular Colliseum *

July 22 2008        Kettering, OH                   Fraze Pavilion *

July 23 2008        Chicago, IL                      Charter One Pavilion *

July 25 2008        St. Louis, MO                  The Family Arena *

July 26 2008        West Bend, WI                Washington County Fair Park (Main Stage) *

July 27 2008        Elizabeth, IN                    Caesar’s Indiana *

July 30 2008        Rama, ON                       Casino Rama Entertainment Center *

Aug 1 2008         Big Flats, NY                    Summer Stage *

Aug 2 2008         Gilford, NH                       US Cellular Pavillion *

Aug 3 2008         Mansfield, MA                   Tweeter Center *

Aug 4 2008         Bethlehem, PA                   Musikfest *

Aug 6 2008         Uncasville, CT                    Mohegan Sun Arena *

Aug 8 2008          Glen Allen, VA                  Innsbrook Pavilion *

Aug 9 2008         Salamanca, NY                  Events Center @ Seneca Allegany *

Aug 10 2008        Holmdel, NJ                      PNC Bank Center *

Aug 12 2008       Wantagh, NY                     Nikon Jones Beach *

Aug 13 2008        Baltimore, MD                   The Pier *

Aug 15 2008        Atlantic City, NJ                Tropicana Casino and Resort *

Aug 16 2008        Roanoke Rapids, NC          Carolina Crossroads Amphitheater *

Aug 17 2008        Atlanta, GA                         Verizon Amphitheater *

Aug 19 2008        Greenville, SC                     Bi-Lo Center *

Aug 21 2008        Hollywood, FL                    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *

Aug 22 2008        St. Augustine, FL                 St. Augustine Amphitheatre *

Aug 23 2008        Clearwater, FL                    TBA *

Aug 26 2008         Syracuse, NY                     New York State Fair *

Aug 31 2008         San Juan, PR                      Miguel Agrelot-Colicco de Puerto Rico *

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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3 Responses to Boston: It's been such a long time

  1. Lulubelle B says:

    Rob –

    Great choice! I like Boston, too. Funny how a band’s appeal varies by region. In Texas, Boston barely showed up on the Classic Rock playlists. Now, here in Maryland, they get tons of airplay, even if you consider the hyped-up rotation to promote the tour. Bob Seger is another who was almost inaudible in the Lone Star state. I hear him regularly here in the Baltimore-Washington DC area.

    – Lulu

  2. Mike says:

    Boston is a great rock band. I love the video for “More Than a Feeling”.

  3. Gary says:

    Hey Rob,

    Saw Boston/Styx in OKC……..great evening of music. I was trying to find some pics or video of that evening to download just to have. Anyone have any?

    Thanks,
    Gary

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