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Boston's Tom Scholz Hasn't Listened to New Music Since 1974

Boston's Tom Scholz Hasn't Listened to New Music Since 1974

Boston plans to release a new album in December.  But, their guitarist and bandleader Tom Scholz says its been almost 40 years since he has listened to new music outside of his own work.

In an interview with Music Radar, Scholz was asked about his unique sound.  The interviwer compared Scholz to U2 guitarist The Edge and The Police guitarist Andy Summers.

Scholz replied, "I have to confess: I don’t know who they are. I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but I don’t listen to any other music – not since about 1974."

He says that the most recent songs he would recognize would be early Led Zeppelin or Jeff Beck.

However, Tom Scholz admits to knowing about one particular popular rock song.

Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was one of the most popular songs of the 1990s.  The song's riff is a take on Boston's More Than a Feeling.  Scholz admits, "I’ve heard the well-known Nirvana song. I know who they are."

He continues, “It’s been debated whether it was homage or thumbing their nose. [Laughs] Regardless, Nirvana was, from what I’ve heard, a great band. I was really impressed by the couple of things I heard. Regardless of what the context was, it’s an honor to be heard in the same airspace as Nirvana.”

Watch Nirvana begin to cover More Than A Feeling before going into Smells Like Teen Spirit at the 1992 Reading Festival.

 

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