Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sib Hashian who unexpectedly passed away. Sib’s high energy drumming on the early BOSTON albums and tours leaves a legacy that will be remembered by millions.
BOSTON WELCOMES JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS ABOARD THE 2017 HYPER SPACE TOUR
NEW CONCERT DATES ANNOUNCED
Tickets On Sale Starting March 10
LOS ANGELES (Mar. 6, 2017) — Music legends BOSTON continue their Hyper Space Tour this summer with the iconic JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, for an additional 21 cities, presented by Live Nation. Performances with Joan Jett will begin on Wednesday, June 14 in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre, and continue eastward across North America. More information can be found at livenation.com. Itinerary for the Live Nation portion of BOSTON’s Hyper Space Tour with Joan Jett below.
Presale for BOSTON and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts fan club members begins Tuesday, March 7th at 10am local, through Thursday, March 9th at 10pm local time. General on-sale begins Friday, March 10th at LiveNation.com and on the Live Nation app.
Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, other-worldly sound, and exceptional musicianship, BOSTON prides itself on performing a totally live show, delivering an extraordinary experience that is faithful to their studio recordings.
Unlike most bands at the time, all of BOSTON’s albums were conceived in a basement, written, produced and recorded by Tom Scholz, an MIT graduate who designed specialized equipment to capture the songs that he heard in his head.
Scholz created his music with the intention of playing it live, in real time with real musicians, making it one of the few bands in history to reproduce seemingly-impossible-to-perform productions on stage, without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements.
The timeless songs appeal to young and old alike, so it’s not surprising to see concert audiences that span generations. Fans can expect to hear the classic songs they have grown to love, and will be treated to wild Hammond organ work, soaring guitars, and exceptional vocal harmonies, and be treated to BOSTON’s unique visual stage presentation, from mind-blowing lightning bolts and spectacular lights to an interstellar “journey” from the cockpit of the BOSTON spaceship, along with plenty of extra-terrestrial sounds heard nowhere else on earth.
It’s been over 40 years since BOSTON’s self-titled debut album first hit the airwaves and turned the world on to a new kind of sonic experience. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” “Foreplay/Long Time,” and “Smokin’,” rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second album, Don’t Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.” Walk On, Corporate America, and Life, Love & Hope complete the band’s discography. With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON has stood the test of time.
Scholz says, “I am thrilled to have Joan and her band on tour with us this summer. Not only is she an amazing rock and roll performing artist, but even more exciting to me is that she is a fellow vegetarian and shares compassion for animal welfare.” Both Scholz and 30-year BOSTON veteran Gary Pihl have been longtime vegetarians. Scholz has worked to promote that lifestyle as well as the prevention of cruelty and suffering to all living creatures.
Continuing their effort to promote humane treatment for animals, one dollar from each ticket purchased this summer will be donated to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who are committed to ending the slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans, as well as Mercy for Animals, who utilize a broad range of strategic approaches that seek to expose cruelty, prosecute abusers, and inspire consumers to make compassionate food choices.
About Joan Jett & The Blackhearts:
Joan Jett is a true originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order. As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI.
Since co-founding The Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project: She served as an executive producer. Jett & the Blackhearts released their last studio album, Unvarnished in 2013 and continue touring the globe to throngs of adoring fans.
Be sure to check for the latest confirmed BOSTON tour dates on the band’s official website: www.bandboston.com
To receive updated tour information and interact with BOSTON fans, please join their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/BandBOSTON
BOSTON with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts dates:
Sat Jun 10 Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheater
Wed Jun 14 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri Jun 16 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Sun Jun 18 Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Wed Jun 28 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland
Fri Jun 30 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
Sun Jul 02 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Wed Jul 05 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – STL
Fri Jul 07 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – CHI
Sat Jul 08 Dayton, OH Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sun Jul 09 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue Jul 11 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Thu Jul 13 Boston, MA TD Garden
Wed Jul 19 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre
Thu Jul 20 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Sat Jul 22 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Sun Jul 23 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Tue Jul 25 Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Thu Jul 27 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Fri Jul 28 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Sat Jul 29 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Sun Jul 30 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Hi everyone, check this out!
SOUNDBREAKING: STORIES FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC
Charting a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation in the creation of music, SOUNDBREAKING offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. As Sir George Martin’s final project, the series combines unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated music artists, producers and innovators with rare archival studio footage and an extensive musical soundtrack, to deliver one of the most wide-ranging series on the art of music recording literally ever.
BOSTON’s 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR – A WILD SUCCESS!
I want to thank everyone for making our 40th Anniversary Tour the best BOSTON tour ever! Our enthusiastic fans who filled so many sold-out venues to cheer us on, the band members for their dedicated efforts to perform at their peak for every show, and our amazing crew who worked tirelessly every day to bring our production to such a wide variety of venues, often under extreme conditions. In 40 years of playing BOSTON music for our fans, this was the most amazing live experience I’ve ever had with the BOSTON family and our fans.
I know I speak for everyone in the band and crew when I say there is nothing more exciting and elevating than hearing the crowd come to life when we open the show with those first songs – and nothing so fulfilling as the respect and appreciation from our audience at the end of the night. I’ve said it many times and will say it again; BOSTON audiences are the best rock audiences ever.
The two hour show represented the culmination of enormous effort and sacrifice on so many people’s part. It was the end result of 6 months of exhausting work, seemingly impossible obstacles, and unforeseeable challenges – and that was all before we stepped on to a stage for the first time this spring! But it was worth it for so many reasons. Not only did hundreds of thousands of people have a great time escaping everyday life for an evening with BOSTON, we collectively have helped to make the world a little bit better place. In addition to everyone having a great time, the proceeds enable the continuation of yearly charitable contributions, plus we have raised $164,655.00 to be donated to our specific charitable organization beneficiary for this tour, The Humane League.
In past tours we have raised funds for specific charities as diverse as The National Hospice Organization, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Shriners Hospital for Children – all organizations working to reduce suffering. This year’s organization, The Humane League, was chosen because of the immense importance of their message, not only because they are committed to ending extraordinary needless suffering, but also because the fate of the world as we know it quite probably hangs in the balance. If global warming, water pollution, food born disease, world hunger, your own health, or most importantly the horrifying treatment of animals that goes on behind closed doors is of any importance to you, then I urge you to visit humaneleague.com or one of the many other organizations we support (listed on bandboston.com). We can all do so much simply by the things we decide NOT to do!
I am already getting excited about next year’s shows, but for now I have to clean up the workroom where the lightning bolts were born (it used to be my garage), do some serious weed maintenance around my house, and find my skates in the rubble that was once my workshop. Hope to see you all again in 2017!
August 15, 2016
Tonight is the final show of our 2016 40th Anniversary Tour back in Boston where it all started. All of us in the band feel these live performances have been our best yet and this final show is the culmination of a fantastic tour we should be celebrating wildly. Except for one extremely sad fact; one our closest associates for over 30 years, and a dear friend of mine, will not be there to see it. Five days ago William F. Clack, an integral part of BOSTON’s technical team, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Bill was one of the few people I considered a true friend in all senses of the word, and someone I admired greatly. He was much more than just an indispensible engineer that made it possible to take the idea for the wall of electronics behind BOSTON from rough sketches to realitiy, he was an exemplary human being.
He chose principle over personal gain. He had empathy for all living things and put other’s happiness above his own. He was a dedicated father and husband. He enjoyed all that life had to offer and seldom had a negative word to say about anyone. He had an insatiable scientific curiosity and inspiring determination to learn and understand how and why all things happened. And while I am left searching for an answer to why such a good man was taken at such an unitimely moment in his life, I take some comfort in the thought that he lived his life better than anyone I have ever known. We will all miss you Bill.
Tom Scholz for BOSTON
The 40th Anniversary Tour has officially begun!
We’ll be doing about 50 shows in 100 days, so we’ll be moving fast and furious. (sorry, it’s such a good line I had to use it)
As a musician, when you get the chance to make an album, you’re just hoping it will be liked enough to get “15 minutes of fame”. The fact that so many people still want to hear us play those songs 40 years later really proves what a great job Tom did writing, playing, engineering and producing that first record. All of us in the band are proud to be able to play the songs that mean so much to so many fans, young and old. Looking out into the audience and seeing everyone smiling and singing along is the best feeling (more than a feeling, really) that any musician can have! Rock on!
~ Gary Pihl
BOSTON 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
SECOND SHOW ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND
“I’m very excited to bring BOSTON back to Boston,” said founder, chief songwriter and producer Tom Scholz. “Music broadcast from Boston got me interested in rock when I was in high school living in Toledo, Ohio. Later, studying and working in this city taught me everything I needed to know to create BOSTON’s sound in my studio. Our home town fans have always been great, and I could think of no better way to end our 40th Anniversary Tour than back here in Boston where it all started.”
First Place: Taylor Rhodes
Runners up: Robert Sanders, John Rivoli