Boston at the Freedom Hall June 30
With final rehearsals underway, everyone is especially eager to hit the road soon to bring BOSTON’s high-energy stage show and out-of-this-world sound to another 54 venues across North America. The exuberant audiences from last year’s tour made the band want to get right back out to entertain the best fans in the world, who can expect some exciting new additions to the set list, based on their input. Sounding better than ever, the band will make certain that the multi-generational crowds are in for an audio and visual intergalactic treat.
Joining the lineup this summer on keyboards, guitar and vocals, is Beth Cohen, who lent background vocals on “You Gave Up on Love,” which appeared on BOSTON’s latest release, Life, Love & Hope in 2012, as well as on the earlier version which was released on Corporate America in 2002. A musician since childhood, Beth earned a music degree from the University of Miami on a full scholarship. She’s a top vocal coach in Miami, sings in both Spanish and English, and has toured the world with many well-known musicians. Filling in for Jeff Neal while he wraps up his school year teaching high school history is veteran drummer Nick D’Virgilio. Nick first picked up the sticks at age three, and has honed his skills since then to become a very accomplished drummer, with his own band, as a seasoned session artist, as well as on prominent world-wide tours with renowned acts.
In addition to rehearsing, ensuring that the multitude of gear is in working order, getting all the techno-bugs sorted out with the new modifications and innovations in the systems, as well as general tour prep, Tom has been painstakingly constructing his third-in-existence hyperspace pedal. It is an exquisitely tricky piece of equipment to keep operating properly, so two backups are much better than one. There were a couple of occasions on last year’s tour when the primary pedal malfunctioned, as did the back up concurrently. Tom was even tweaking one of the pedals an hour prior to the last show in Tokyo in October. Here is the beginning of that show, hyperspace pedal “go for launch.”
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