- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Anybody remember Boston? Not the city famous for its tea party, but the late 1970s rock band?

For those who need an instant reminder of the group’s stadium-styled sound, Boston the band will be appearing Saturday at Nissan Pavilion, providing a chance once again to sing along to “More Than a Feelin’,” “Amanda” or “Rock and Roll Band.”

True to the band’s history, this concert tour of more than 50 stops in support of its new album, “Corporate America,” continues its philanthropic bent by donating to the Sierra Club $1 from every ticket sold.

“‘Corporate America’ has taken a long time to complete, but it is the best album we could do,” says Thom Scholz, the group’s founder, from his home studio in (of course) Boston. “The end result is that Boston is now a real band again, and for me that is exciting.”

Boston’s original lineup, including vocalist Brad Delp, parted ways with Mr. Scholz when CBS Inc., the band’s label, filed suit against the band for breach of contract. Mr. Scholz’s relentless pursuit of musical perfection did not meet CBS’ demands for another blockbuster album.

Mr. Scholz eventually won the suit and put to good use the time spent waiting for its resolution. During that time, he penned his only No. 1 single, “Amanda,” from Boston’s third album, “Third Stage” (1986), for the MCA label.

In that album, the recognizable, resonant voice of Mr. Delp (lead vocals and guitar) was replaced briefly by Fran Cosmo (vocals and guitar). Since then, Mr. Delp has returned to work with Mr. Scholz and Mr. Cosmo, and Boston has grown a bit more solid with the addition of new, permanent band mates Kimberley Dahme (bass and vocals) and Anthony Cosmo (guitar and backing vocals).

“Anthony is Fran’s son, and he is an amazing guitar player and creative mind, and he has written many great tunes, three of which are on the new CD,” Mr. Scholz says.

“We found Kimberley, and not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but she is an excellent musician, incredibly nice, and the addition of both Kimberley and Anthony have created limitless possibilities for harmonies and creativity.”

Boston gained what seemed to be instant notoriety with the release of its debut album, “Boston,” in 1976. That eponymous effort skyrocketed to sell more than 16 million copies, making it the best-selling debut album for a rock band ever — a record the band holds to this day, almost 25 years later.

Since the beginning, Boston has never churned out albums, instead releasing just three original albums — “Don’t Look Back” (1978), “Third Stage” (1986) and “Walk on” (1994) — and one “Greatest Hits” collection (1997) between its first album and “Corporate America.”

Since Boston’s inception as a band, founders Mr. Scholz and Mr. Delp have made no secret of their abhorrence of all things corporate. Mr. Scholz penned this album’s single, “Corporate America,” which declaims, “Corporate America, you’re in disgrace. Globalize; cigarettes, business jets …” which is different from his lovelorn, soul-seeking, journey-to-the-stars compositions of the past.

Boston has always enjoyed fans’ instant recognition because of Mr. Delp’s strong vocals and Mr. Scholz’s multitalented guitar playing and song writing. Together they have created numerous anthemic songs filled with melodic acoustic guitar and piercing electronic guitar riffs, a sound captured for albums using Mr. Scholz’s home recording studio filled with ‘70s-era equipment — all devoid of microprocessors.

During this concert tour, as Boston has done before, everything is live, every sound is created by the musicians, with nothing prerecorded, “not even during the opening when the curtains first part.”

To the Nissan Pavilion, Boston is bringing plenty of what Mr. Scholz describes as the “biggest, best and first.” In that group he includes the world’s largest working guitar, one more than 8 feet long and played by Mr. Scholz and Miss Dahme; the world’s largest traveling pipe organ, on which Mr. Scholz plays the theme from “The Phantom of the Opera,” and the world’s “most amazing” Hammond organ, one of Mr. Scholz’s design, with a keyboard that is an octave longer than a standard keyboard.

“We use the Hammond organ within a theatrical scene supporting the ‘Corporate America’ set that is filled with horrifying industrial tanks, smokestacks and garbage that our world is being overrun by,” Mr. Scholz says. “And it all comes tumbling, taken down by the music.”

Coming back to Wolftrap is Riverdance appearing nightly from Tuesday though Sunday . Riverdance began as a 7-minute dance performed at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. That 7-minutes led to the groups November 1994 debut at the Point Theatre Dublin in February 1995 where they enjoyed a five-week long sell out performance.

Those early performances have led to almost a decade of Irish history celebration and remembrance as the 93 members, aged 19 to 32 years, of the Lagan Riverdance company travel the US and Canada.

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