BOSTON
Corporate America
Artemis Records

Boston first came to prominence with their fast-selling debut in 1976. In reality studio wizard, Tom Scholz had been working on much of the record as early as 1973 and for most of the record was the only musician in the band. After graduating from MIT in 1971 with a master’s degree, he took a job for Polaroid were he hooked up with guitarist Barry Goudreau and joined his after hours band. First playing keyboards, Scholz quickly moved to guitar and eventually took over as band leader.

An electronics guru, Scholz built a 12-track basement studio and started experimenting with layering soundscapes and guitar tones while building rock anthems. Recruiting friend Brad Delp as project vocalist and bassist Fran Sheehan with drummer John “Sib” Hashian. The original demos won Scholz and company a multi-record contract with Epic Records. The demos were of such quality that very little need to be altered before releasing the platter to the general public. Rising quickly to the top of the charts, Boston spawned three hit singles (“More Than a Feeling,” “Long Time” and “Peace of Mind”) becoming the fastest-selling pop debut in history until Whitney Houston's 1986 first release.

Under pressure from Epic to deliver another hit saw the release of “Don’t Look Back” in 1978, however the perfectionist in Scholz was unhappy with the record’s sound even though is was another quick seller eventually going multiplatinum. Scholz vowed to take his own sweet time delivering the next Boston installment that did not see record shelves till 1986 in the form of “Third Stage.” Only Scholz and Delp remained from the original line-up.

Then the lawsuits started to fly with both Goudreau and Epic suing Scholz. Another eight years would go by before fourth album “Walk On” would see the light of day. Radio did not warm to the release and without Delp on vocals (Delp and Goudreau formed RTZ in 1992) the project sank. 2002 saw a different approach by Scholz. It had been another eight years, Delp had rejoined the band and the icon that is Boston heralded the release of “Corporate America” reaffirming his open distain for the corporations that have plagued his career.

Though the record in yet another production masterpiece and has sold well, it still lacks the numbers delivered by a hit single. So it is off to the summer concert stages to fed the masses what only Boston can. The current line up consists of Scholz (guitars), Delp (vocals), Fran Cosmo (guitars, vocals), Gary Pihl (guitars, vocals), Kimberley Dahme (bass, vocals), Anthomy Cosmo (guitars, vocals) and Jeff Neil (drums). “Belive it or not, we sound very much like the records when we play live, says bassist Kimberley Dahme. “We rehearsed very hard to create a live sound that matches Tom vision of a live band.”

Dahme was hired not only for her musical abilities but also for her amazing vocal contributions. She is credited for writing “With You” of which she also sings and is responsible for much of “Corporate America’s” lush harmonies. At times the gloss of the record is similar to Fleetwood Mac with resonating guitars over a layered sheen. “I still am amazed at how fortunate I’ve been to sing and perform with this band,” says Dahme. “Every night is like a lesson in being a musician and Tom and Brad are probably the best teachers anyone could ask for. They are amazing performers as well as wonderful people.”

From the band’s web page (Boston.com), Boston have announced they will donate $1.00 from every ticket sold to benefit the Sierra Club, America's oldest, largest and most influential environmental organization. The donations will be used by the Sierra Club in its efforts to protect America's communities by fighting for clean air and water, fighting to clean up toxic waste sites, and safeguarding America's majestic landscapes.


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SHOW REVIEW---7/26/03
Portland, OR, Rose Garden

Boston brought 25 years of memories, hits and unbelievable musicianship to the Rose Garden in a three-hour rock fest. Shultz and company, which includes original vocalist Brad Delp took complete control of the “Theater In The Clouds” and delivered one classic after another with astonishing precision. The show began with a mysterious roadie roaming the stage with the house lights still up. As the time approached for the show to start, said roadie bends down and begins tuning Shultz’s trademark guitar. After fumbling for the right chord and tune, he picks out the national anthem as the curtain drop exposing the whole band. It suddenly becomes obvious that the roadie is none other that 6’4” Tom Shultz himself and the band goes straight into “More Than A Feeling”.

This current Boston line up of Scholz (guitars), Delp (vocals), Fran Cosmo (guitars, vocals), Gary Pihl (guitars, vocals), Kimberley Dahme (bass, vocals), Anthomy Cosmo (guitars, vocals) and Jeff Neil (drums) have obviously spent long hours perfecting their live sound. Delp’s voice was spot on, but helping out was the outstanding vocal prowess of Fran Cosmo who has been with the band since the “Walk On” tour in 1994. Cosmo’s dexterity hit the upper rafters a number of times during the night performance and when he and Delp joined forces the impact was chilling. Dahme, with her radiant smile and stunning good looks proved she was no show ornament. She came to rock and rock she did not only taking full control of the bass duties but also stepped up to the mic to sing and play flute on “With You,” her contribution to their new opus “Corporate America.” She also joins Shultz in a powerful duet “You Gave Up On Love”.

With several backdrop changes and the cast of players engaging one another the show ran smooth showcasing the band’s ability to rise to superstar status again and again even with lengthy periods between tours. The show highlight took on a grandiose flair when the classic Boston pipe organ rose from the stage filling the entire backdrop. Shultz, dressed in a wizard cape, funneled a selection of orchestrated gems (with the occasional Boston signature thrown in). That dynamic impact was match by the lighting truss taking on the shape of a spaceship hovering about the band as they lit into “Cool The Engines”. With three encores, the band proved they were a major play in today’s competitive concert circuit. A through back to over-the-top ‘70s arena rock could not be done better.