The indomitable Dublin quartet U2 has been a force on the live music stage for so long that I have witnessed it go from playing on cafeteria tables in a little club in Memphis to the world’s largest stadiums. But at some point during every show in more than four decades of witnessing them, U2 and their audience transcend the rock concert sturm und drang and it more closely resembles a big tent revival, as it did that night in Boston June 2001 during this medley of “Bad” into “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
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“Third Stage” Boston comeback album released in September 1986 put up spectacular numbers in popularity, with three Top 20 hits on Billboard including “Cant’cha Say”,”We’re Ready”, and the #1 “Amanda”, all helping to blast the album to #1 sales. Boston bandleader Tom Scholz, my guest, also brought free-agency to the music business.
It had been such a “long time”, almost seven years, since the band Boston had released a new album and toured that when Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, and Company returned to the concert stage headlining the 1987 Texxas Jam in front of 70,000 in the Dallas Cotton Bowl, it was international news. It also was […]
In the Summer of 1975, a year before releasing what quickly became the biggest selling debut album in music history, the band Boston did not even exist . A year later Tom Scholz’s seven year basement tapes would emerge out of nowhere to re-write the record books on popularity and profits …(more) Tom Scholz is my guest for Boston’s 45th anniversary.
Here is an amazing 1987 performance of “Something About You” by Boston with incredible twin harmony guitars from Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl, and Doug Huffman providing superb vocal harmony for the late Brad Delp.
This time in 1987 the home team was holed up in the Worcester suburbs of Boston midway through a ten-night stand when they performed the entire “Third Stage” album front to back, capping that impressive song cycle with this stunning live “Holly Ann”.
Todd Rundgren live “Road to Utopia/Caravan” Boston 11/79
Here is a rare early performance by The Police of “Walking on the Moon” in a Boston club 1979 just after the release of their second album, Regatta de Blanc . –Redbeard
“Hard+Heavy” box set of classic hard rock interviews In the Studio with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Tom Schulz of Boston, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillian and Roger Glover, Heart throbs Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, Rob Hanford from Judas Priest, Kiss mainstays Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale.
The band Boston had by August 1978 sold seven million copies on its way to becoming the top-selling debut ever (now over 17 million ), and the follow-up “Don’t Look Back” was being rush released to North American rock radio stations. Boston, led by my guest here in this classic rock interview, guitarist/composer Tom Scholz