Tom Scholz Announces Hometown Boston Show, Reminisces About Recording “More Than A Feeling”

By Tim Staskiewicz, WZLX.com

Boston’s 40th Anniversary tour wouldn’t be much of a celebration without playing their namesake city at least once.

Back at the beginning of the month when Boston announced their 2016 tour, the closest the band was coming to Boston was Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

But founding member Tom Scholz announced today that the band is returning home for a date this summer, exclusively on 100.7 WZLX.

“It is very exciting returning to Boston, and very existing to be back at the Wang Center for a night with Boston,” Scholz told WZLX’s Chuck Nowlin in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “We have plenty of special stuff we’re bringing in that will be, let me just say, electrifying!”

Boston will play the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Sunday, August 14th, 2016. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday, April 2nd at the box office and through Ticketmaster.

It’s been almost three years since Scholz and Boston have played in town, the last time as part of the Boston Strong concert fundraiser for the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

“The crowd was awesome that night, it was fun to be back at the Boston Garden – I still call it the Boston Garden – and we’re very excited to come back to our original headline venue, back then it was called the Music Hall, and now it’s the Wang Center,” said Scholz. “That was actually the site of our first headline performance.”

Just a few days after their scheduled stop at the Wang Theatre, Boston’s debut album will turn 40 years old on August 25th of this year.

“I was amazed that anybody cared about it at all when it was released,” Scholz told Chuck Nowlin. “The fact that they care about it forty years later is kind of mind-blowing.”

The work on Boston’s debut album took over half a decade, but as Tom Scholz tells WZLX, it was well worth it.

“It was six years of experimenting and recording and spending all the money I could make and working nights. It wasn’t until the very end, in fact I thought it wasn’t going to happen, and I decided to finish one last demo that I was going to do exactly the way I envisioned it,” Scholz recalled.

“I completed it really just to finish it, because I didn’t think anything was going to happen. The very last song that I submitted to a couple of interested record companies was More Than A Feeling. Two weeks later, Brad [Delp] and I had a contract in our hands that we signed.”

While Tom Scholz was reminiscing about finishing More Than A Feeling nearly forty years ago, the song’s intro came up, namely why does it fade in?

“That was one of the many things that I did that everybody says you should never do, especially for the first song on the album,” said Scholz.

“It was the way I heard it. I thought, ‘Well, everything else I’ve done so far is the wrong way to do it.’ I did the demos without a band. I made the master in the basement of an apartment house in Watertown, without a real producer or a real engineer. So I thought, ‘Well, I should keep on doing things the wrong way, and maybe it will work out.'”

Forty years later, it’s safe to say that it did.

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