BOSTON- Hyperspace Tour Las Vegas 2017- The Park Theatre.
There were a lot of events happening in Las Vegas Saturday, June 17. I had the privilege to see my very first favorite rock band ever, BOSTON. More than a feeling and Peace of Mind were the songs of my life when I first got an IPod. BOSTON’s sound is very unique and the quality is out of this world. The mastermind behind BOSTON, Tom Scholz, is a genius in my opinion. He changed the music world with his own playing as well as his Rockman technology that many people, including me, will be forever grateful for. Enough of the history, you can check out more out at https://bandboston.com
We traveled 185 miles to the show and we were anxious the whole drive. I have been to many concerts and I never know what to expect. I like to go in fresh and not hear others opinions until I have my own. With my long history and research into BOSTON, I had some questions, but most importantly, how does Tommy DeCarlo sound live? Tommy had some big shoes to fill following Brad Delp; the legendary singer of BOSTON who left this earth 10 years ago.
The opening band was Night Ranger and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I was hugely surprised at the road crews’ quick work. I don’t think we waited 15 minutes before BOSTON went on. The usual wait is almost 25-30 minutes.
Tom Scholz came out with his Les Paul and started strumming some chords and licks. I was blown away from the first chord at the perfect sounding guitar. How did Tom create such a device? There is nothing more clear or high quality in comparison to the Rockman. I have no doubt that Def Leppard’s success was somewhat based upon using Rockman processors. The rest of the band filed out and starting playing Rock N Roll Band. The lyrics “We were just another band out of Boston,” need to be changed to “We were just THE band out of Boston.” BOSTON completely blew me away.
BOSTON proceeded to play some of their classic hits. To name a few: Feeling Satisfied, Smokin, Longtime, Amanda, Peace of Mind and More Than A feeling. They also played their newest single Heaven On Earth. As far as song choices, it was a smash. The only thing I would maybe suggest is taking out some of the “jams” and adding a song from Corporate America album. I love that album.
All the musicians were on fire. It seemed like every one of them could sing, and play multiple instruments perfectly. Tom Scholz was spectacular with guitar and organ. Tom will always be BOSTON. Gary Pihl was an amazing guitar player. He is the real deal. He has played with BOSTON since the 80’s and done very well. Jeff Neal on drums was super solid and smiling all over. I would be too when my other job is a history teacher. How cool is that? I also kept hearing these real high vocals and couldn’t pick out who was singing and realized it was the man behind the drums.
Tracy Ferrie had a tall order. I started playing bass and trying to learn the Boston tunes, after many years I still do not have the amazing licks down. Tracy brings his A game and a great entertainer. Beth Cohen had some amazing vocals as well. She had an opportunity to sing lead on Whole Lotta Love and Walk On. She has a great voice. She also took control of the keyboards and third guitar from time to time.
Last but very not least, Tommy DeCarlo. First off I love his story. If you do not know, take the chance to read on BOSTONS website to find out more about where he came from. Also, Youtube has some great interviews with him. I remember when the original Brad Delp passed away in 2007. I was a Junior in High School and I heard it on the radio while driving home from school. Tommy DeCarlo is spot on magnificent as a singer. The guy was so humble and you could tell he was so grateful to be there. I really respect his character and all the musicians and staff at BOSTON. They are a wonderful group of people. Tom Scholz can be proud of his organization from top to bottom.
The Park venue was amazing as well, very clean and a polite helpful staff. All in all it was an amazing night with BOSTON. I would highly encourage those who have not seen them or haven’t been recently, to go see their show. They are a class act and sound as good as ever. I could not say a bad thing about anything or anyone related to BOSTON.