Published Thursday, August 19, 2004
by Skip Sheffield
They claim to be just another band out of Boston, but don t believe it. Classic rock group Boston is one of Beantown s biggest pop phenomenons ever, and they ll be playing their hits live at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton.
The newest incarnation of Boston is anchored by co-founders Tom Scholz on guitar, vocals and keyboards and Brad Delp on vocals and guitar. Kimberley Dahme, the group s first female member, plays bass, sings and contributes to songwriting efforts. Guitarist Anthony Cosmo also sings and writes songs. Anthony s father, Fran Cosmo, contributes vocals and guitar. Gary Pihl adds additional guitar, keyboards and vocal harmonies and Jeff Neal completes the lineup on drums and vocals. It takes a lot of people to create Boston s dense, melodic sound.
Boston was created, quite literally, in the basement home studio of M.I.T. engineering genius Tom Scholz, who played everything but drums on his earliest recordings made in his 12-track studio, with singer Brad Delp multi-tracked to provide sky-high harmonies.
When Scholz signed with Epic Records, he recruited Barry Goudreau on guitars, Fran Sheehan on bass and Sib Hasbian on drums so the group could tour to promote its self-titled debut album in 1976. The single More Than a Feeling became a worldwide hit, and Boston has sold 18 million copies to date.
The towering, 6-foot, 5-inch Scholz, who has 35 patents to his name, also developed a line of Rockman amplifiers and effects boxes.
Scholz was never content to just be an inventor or a businessman, and although he had had epic tangles with record companies and quit performing, he revived Boston in the mid-1990s and recruited new members. The statuesque and beautiful 6-foot tall Kimberley Dahme was discovered by Scholz three years ago and invited to join the band. She played on and contributed to Boson s 2003 CD, Corporate America.
I was playing electric steel guitar with the Tom Hambridge Band in Boston, recounts Dahme. Afterward we were signing autographs, when up came Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl, who was Sammy Hagar s guitarist. Tom started to introduce himself and I said, `I know who you are. I ve been a fan for a long time. Tom asked if I could learn bass and I said sure. I went back to Nashville and thrashed out the parts for a year before we went on tour.
It wasn t the first time Dahme thrashed out a repertoire for a new gig. Several years ago when she was part of Sabrina & The Blue Jeans, a band in central California, she was offered a solo gig at three times the money and worked up a 75-song repertoire in one week.
Dahme is now a signature artist for Fender guitars, which supplies her with four and five-string basses.
Dahme grew up in San Pablo, California in the Mohave Desert, where there are few distractions. She began her music studies on flute in the third grade, picked up guitar in the sixth grade, and studied music at California State Stanlislaus.
I ve studied it all, she stays. Renaissance music, opera, madrigals, country, show tunes. I ve learned I have to do music or I couldn t breathe.
Dahme married and had two children, then divorced before she began her career with Boston. I leave the kids with my mom in Nashville when I go on tour, she says. Tours are usually 10 days to three weeks, then I get time at home, so it s ideal for a mom with children. Being in Boston is such a blast. Tom is amazing a genius but he can be very normal. I feel ebony porn like a puppy dog following him around. I am very honored to be the first female in the group, to represent part of history.
Tickets for Boston are $33, $39.50 and $49.50. Call 962-4106.