As Boston prepares to kick off a lengthy 2014 tour in June, Tom Scholz is sharing early praise for the current lineup, despite the passing of Brad Delp in 2007. In fact, he says this edition may be the best one yet.
Scholz has been busy reassembling Boston since Delp’s tragic suicide, adding singer Tommy DeCarlo the following year and then David Victor in 2012. That same year also saw the addition of bassist and vocalist Tracy Ferrie, who replaced Kimberley Dahme as Boston mounted its first Delp-less shows. The band is rounded out these days by long-time second guitarist Gary Pihl (with Boston since 1985) and drummer Curly Smith (who originally joined in 1994).
They recently completed Life Love and Hope, Boston’s first studio effort since 2002’s Corporate America. The North American tour in support of that project continues through September, then Boston will head to the Far East.
“I feel like this is actually the best embodiment of Boston that we’ve ever put on the road,” Scholz tells Scott Kaye. “2012 was really an excellent tour for us, and we have all of the personnel — plus we’re bringing Kimberley Dahme for harmony vocals and backup guitar. Based on what I’ve heard in our first rehearsal, I think this is going to be the best Boston performance ever.”