Boston brings Hyper Space Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall

Boston brings Hyper Space Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Ruth Eckerd Hall welcomes Boston on April 18.

CLEARWATER – Boston is taking to the road for four dozen shows as part of its Hyper Space Tour. The tour will make a stop in the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.

Always a huge crowd-pleaser with their high-energy stage show, other-worldly sound and exceptional musicianship, the members of Boston pride themselves on performing a totally live show, delivering an extraordinary experience that is faithful to their studio recordings.

Tickets start at $58.75. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.r­uthec­kerdh­all.c­om.

The band’s roots go back to 1969 when Tom Scholz first started writing music. While attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Scholz joined the band Freehold, meeting guitarist Barry Goudreau and drummer Jim Masdea who would become members of Boston.

Unlike most bands at the time, all of Boston’s albums were conceived in a basement, written, produced and recorded by 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 band’s 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, as well as 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. In 1986, Boston released “Third Stage,” which hit No. 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.

Boston band members currently include Scholz, lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals; Tracy Ferrie, bass guitar and backing vocals; Jeff Neal, drums, percussion and backing vocals; Tommy DeCarlo, lead vocals, keyboards and percussion; Beth Cohen, keyboards, vocals and rhythm guitar; Gary Pihl, rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals; and Curly Smith, drums and backing vocals.

For a complete list of Boston tour dates, visit www.b­andbo­ston.­com.

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