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BOSTON

Thursday, May 14, The Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, 336.373.7474

When it comes to classic, American rock ‘n’ roll, it’s safe to say that Boston is near the top of the ladder. With one of the highest grossing debut albums of all time ,and plenty of charted singles, the word iconic even comes to mind. Hits like “More Than Feeling,” “Peace Of Mind,” and “Amanda” are sure to bring a sense of nostalgia for anyone who grew up rocking during that era.

Formed in 1976 by mastermind Tom Scholz, along with Barry Goudreau, Jim Masdea, and Brad Delp, the group had been working on tracks for years before performing under different names. Tom Scholz actually recorded every part other than drums and vocals in the studio. (I found it interesting to learn that he used custom pedals he had made to create his unique guitar tones.) Needless to say, the namesake album was an instant classic after the addition of Brad Delp’s vocals, which were also mixed in a way never heard before.

After signing with Epic Records, Scholz and Delp kept Goudreau in the lineup. They soon added Fran Sheehan on bass and Sib Hashian on drums. This became the roster Boston fans grew to love. Six studio albums, one compilation album, and 13 singles later, Boston solidified their place among the Rock and Roll greats. On March 9th, 2007 the world was shocked to hear the reports of lead singer Brad Delp’s untimely death. His vocals were a key ingredient to Boston’s success. The new vocalist, Tommy DeCarlo, was discovered on MySpace following Delp’s death in 2007. DeCarlo submitted a video, which garnered admiration from the band, and was asked to perform at The Brad Delp Tribute Concert. He was soon hired to be a permanent fixture. Even though the original line up isn’t performing these days, with founder Tom Scholz at the helm, they are still considered to perform like one of the titans of rock that they always have been.

Boston has maintained they are “just another band out of Boston,” but considering they have had a #1 hit and have been performing live for almost 40 years, I’m starting to think their motto is a little bit of an understatement. Seriously folks, the members of Boston have been rocking longer than I’ve been alive! Thursday, May 14, at The Greensboro Coliseum. The show starts at 7:30pm and ticket prices range from $59 to $266 depending on seating. For more information on Boston check out their official website bandboston.com. I have “more than a feeling” you won’t want to miss this show. – Andrew Lazare

A LIGHT DIVIDED (ALBUM RELEASE)

Saturday, May 16, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

The Blind Tiger hosts these massive parties for all sorts of music, which could realistically result in the venue turning into a bazaar much more so than a music venue. For A Light Divided’s album release party, more than seven acts are listed on the bill, including Convicted Fate, SkinKage, After the Movies, and a handful of others. The show is free to the public – $3 for under 21 – and starts before the sun goes down (doors open at 5 p.m. with music scheduled to start right before 6 p.m.) A Light Divided’s album, Mirrors, will most definitely be available for purchase (it’s a release party, duh) as will hordes of other merchandise from the bands. If you aren’t familiar with the punk-pop-metal outfit, it’s a riffing mixture of three genres that have been so deeply inbred through MTV pop acts that it seems to have lost some of its hardcore… that is, until the screeching vocals come over the power ballads and you’re getting thrust into a mosh pit of swinging elbows and head bangers. This show is going to be loud and intense. Bring your energy and exert it all. !

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