CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (August 28, 2014) — The latest incarnations of classic rock legends Boston and Starship performed downtown Thursday night at the U.S. Cellular center.
Boston’s founding member Tom Scholz was the clear draw to the show. This guy continues to be a machine. Of course as a photographer, I may be a little biased. Did you know that prior to the beginning of his musical career, Scholz (with MIT masters degree in hand) went to work for Polaroid as a senior product design engineer? Later he went on to design amplifiers, pedals and such… On this night he killed it on the guitar, then went on to blow my brain on the keys. All on equipment I’m sure he modified himself. The guy’s brain is just so huge!
Tom continues to contribute to the greater good by participating and even founding several charities to promote animal protection, vegetarian resources, world hunger, homelessness, children’s rights and on and on! The guy is a saint.
The headlining Boston set started with a dark stage, then all spotlights on Tom and his guitar. The rest of the band with Gary Pihl (vocalist since 1985) at the lead piled on hit song after hit song until the crowd could take no more. It was pretty cool to see, and something that will be hard for me to forget.
Starship opened the night with Mickey Thomas at lead vocals, the only carry over from Jefferson Starship – previously known as Jefferson Airplane (although with a completely different lineup). Regardless of the piddly details like names and current musicians (just jokes, folks), they did play hard through all their hits from throughout the last few decades including “White Rabbit” and sounded pretty damn good.
It looked like this . . .