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Heaven on Tour: Designing For Boston

The summer shed season brings out a wide variety of acts, which this year includes Boston’s Heaven on Earth Tour. “Over the years, Boston’s designs have included a lot of the latest technology that was available at the time,” notes Mark Fetto, chief operating officer of Morpheus Lights, the tour’s lighting vendor.

This year, Boston is mixing its old hits with new material, a balance that is reflected in the lighting rig. “The rig is half old-school—that’s why I kept the PAR cans—and half new, with the hip moving light stuff,” explains the band’s longtime lighting designer, Gregg Maltby.

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It's a Wonderful Life

By Tom Scholz January 2015

We hope everyone has survived the holidays and is looking forward to this year as much as we are. 2014 was a good year for BOSTON and we are already getting excited about plans for 2015. We want to thank all our fans for the amazing response to our tour last summer; we had an awesome time thanks to the incredible support you all gave to us. And even more important, we raised a lot of money for worthy charities that protect lives both human and non human, including the Sea Shepherds, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and numerous other animal protection and hunger relief programs.

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THAT WAS AWESOME!

By Tom Scholz - October 2014

Just got home from our amazing 68-show 2014 BOSTON summer tour. The trip opened with a sold out performance at the beautiful Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, and ended four months later with two sold out shows at Tokyo's iconic Budokan in Japan.

This was simply the most amazing BOSTON tour I have ever experienced - the best live performances by the band in our history, the best sound, amazing lights from our LD Gregg Maltby, exciting venues, wide screen panoramic videos, and of course most important of all, the best and most enthusiastic fans ever!

Behind the scenes the musicians and crew members worked very hard to pull off the performances and fine-tune the sound every night, but once on stage, we had as much fun at the shows as the audience did. The players and technicians with BOSTON made the show look effortless, but trust me, it's a lot harder than they made it look! As I took the stage for the last show in Tokyo with Gary, Tommy, Tracy, Kimberley and Jeff, I realized how lucky I was to be surrounded by people who are both friends and such excellent players, performing with all this equipment so expertly assembled and operated night after night. As icing on the cake, near the end of the night Siobhan Magnus [American Idol season 9 finalist] took the stage and nailed the lead vocal for "Walk On." Even after a difficult day traveling and scrambling to get ready for a show, stepping onto the stage with these exceptional performers to play for the best fans in the world was an incredible rush - the day's problems were instantly erased and life was very good!

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

By Gary Pihl

concerts in the USA, Canada and Japan with sun, rain, wind, friends, relatives, a bunch of terrific bands and memories we'll never forget! Like the show in Bangor where Tom had his guitar done up with a checkerboard motif as an homage to Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick. Or the thunderstorm in Cleveland when the power went out for a couple of seconds but the band played on. Or the show where there were so many bugs in the air that I may have swallowed one while singing and thereby lost my vegetarian status for the day.

I think we all had former high school bandmates come to one show or another and make us laugh and remember the crazy gigs we did in the past. We got to see aunts and uncles and cousins we hadn't seen in years. And some that weren't even born the last time we came through town.

What a terrific crew we've had working with us! 24 guys and 5 women that became our immediate family for five months. They put in long days, every day, to get the audio, lights and video set up and working perfectly whether it was in the L.A. Forum or the infield at the South Dakota State Fair.

We were very fortunate to have been able to share our stage with some terrific bands this year. Cheap Trick, The Doobie Brothers, Blue Oyster Cult, Night Ranger, Mickey Thomas' Starship, Kory and the Fireflies, .38 Special, Kansas, Reb Beach Project, Don Felder, Sweet, April Wine, Joshua Scott Thomas, Scott Bratcher, Random Manor. One sad note was when we heard about Jimi Jameson passing away just a few weeks after we shared the stage with his band, Survivor.

Our four final shows in Japan were a wonderfully unique experience. The audiences were so attentive and supportive. But whether in Japan, Canada, or the US, what we'll remember most are the fans who sang along so loudly, we could barely hear our guitars! Thanks for making our summer so special for just another band out of Boston.

10 Things We Learned From Profiling Boston Rocker Tom Scholz

10 Things We Learned From Profiling Boston Rocker Tom Scholz
By Seandor Szeles on Tue, 10 Jun 2014

Earlier this year, rocker Tom Scholz  the legendary musician behind  More Than A Feeling  granted us a rare, behind-the-scenes look at his self-engineered music studio. While we were at it, he let us into his world, revealing his surprising backstory, his musical insecurities, and his engineering know-how. Then, he topped the whole thing off with an intimate, surprise performance.

Here s what we took away from the eye-opening experience.

1. When Tom Scholz made it big, he was still working as an engineer.

The first time Scholz heard  More Than A Feeling on the radio, he was working as a product engineer at Polaroid. He only caught the end fade out.

2. He knows how to dress for a performance.

Represent your alma mater? Yes. Sleeves? No.

3. Scholz went back to Polaroid after recording Boston s groundbreaking debut album.

In fact, when he set out on Boston s first tour, he refused to quit his job due to his musical insecurities. Instead, he took a leave of absence.  I had no expectations of success whatsoever, he told us.  I actually expected total failure.

4. Scholz s Polaroid manager also had his doubts.

One of Scholz s old managers at Polaroid told him that his shot of making it big in music was  one in a million. Three years later, Scholz parroted the phrase back to his boss as he packed his things and left as a bonafide rock star.

5. Before discovering The Kinks, Scholz s main influences were classical musicians.

He didn t pick up a guitar until his junior year at MIT, and was only drawn to pop music after bands like the Kinks and The Who reminded him of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

6. Scholz learned sound engineering at Polaroid.

One of his projects at Polaroid was to build a sound system for analog instant movies. There, he learned how tape recording works. Scholz then spent the money from his work as an engineer to construct a recording studio in his basement.  I had to build devices to create certain sounds that I was looking for, he told us. From that basement, Scholz created one of the bestselling debut albums of all time.

7. At MIT, Scholz played with local cover bands.

Including one named  Mother s Milk.

8. Scholz engineers devices for other popular musicians.

He has more than 34 patents to his name. Two of his inventions, the Power Soak and the Rockman headphone amp, are widely used by other musicians.  The biggest thrill was when I got two warranty cards from Jeff Beck for a Rockman headphone amp, Scholz told us.

9. He s not a rockstar.

 I treat the rockstar thing as a fantasy world I get to step into from time to time, he told us.  And then step back out.

10. He is as into his music as he s ever been.

Just watch his face during the first 30 seconds of this video.