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Boston marathons its way through hits in Biloxi

Boston lands the rock’n’ roll spaceship at the Beau Rivage on Friday, August 5, 2016.
Boston lands the rock’n’ roll spaceship at the Beau Rivage on Friday, August 5, 2016. jclark@sunherald.com

The rock band Boston made a triumphant return to Biloxi on Friday with a sold-out show at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. This is the show people are going to be talking and texting about at work Monday.

Led by the musical genius Tom Scholz, the band (longtime guitarist Gary Pihl, vocalist Tommy DeCarlo, keyboardist and vocalist Beth Cohen, bassist Tracy Ferrie and drummer Jeff Neal) were firing on all cylinders. And cylinders are important to the band’s aesthetic, which includes imagery of rockets, outer space, planets and space ships.

It was if the band landed the rock ’n’ roll version of George Clinton’s legendary “mother ship” on the Beau’s stage as a jumbo video screen showed space travel–themed images throughout the show.

I was curious to see how well singer Tommy DeCarlo filled the shoes of the late, great Brad Delp, who had one of the best tenor voices in rock ’n’ roll, and he delivered the show flawlessly. Of course, he had some help from Cohen, who would at times double DeCarlo’s vocals in their highest range.

Boston, along with Chicago, Fleetwood Mac and Wings, was a music staple of my childhood home, so I do get somewhat nostalgic when I hear “More Than a Feeling” and “Foreplay/Long Time” and I got those feelings once again at the Biloxi show.

The band played all of the hits people have loved throughout the years, including the aforementioned songs and rockers like “Don’t Look Back” and “Peace of Mind.”

They also went deep with cuts such as “Higher Power” and “To Be a Man.”

The songs were performed expertly. The band has been doing its thing for a long time and and it shows.

If you’ve never seen Boston live, see them any chance you get. They provide one of the tightest classic rock shows you will ever see.

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