’70s rockers Boston to play Chateau Ste. Michelle

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014 4:44pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Tom Scholz has served as the guiding force for Boston for nearly 30 years now.

At 7 Friday night, the multitalented guitarist and songwriter will bring his long-running classic rock group to the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville for a sold-out show.

Boston made it big in the late 1970s, hitting the ground running in 1976 with a single that remains its calling card to this day, “More Than a Feeling.”

The hits continued throughout the 1980s, with the band’s run of success only ending after the grunge explosion made Boston’s slick rock feel dated — slightly ironic, considering that Nirvana aped the guitar riff on “More Than a Feeling” for its own game-changing single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Since then, the group has released music sporadically. Its most recent album, “Life Love and Hope,” came out in 2013 and featured vocals from the band’s famed singer, Brad Delp, who committed suicide in 2007.

Expect to hear the hits during the group’s stop in Woodinville.

Tickets are sold-out but may be found at a mark-up through stubhub.com.

Coheed and Cambria also will return to the area, playing the Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The group, led by singer Claudio Sanchez, has become one of the many ways Sanchez tells his epic tales. His songs serve as high-concept prog rock focused on an interstellar war. Along with regular new albums, however, Sanchez also has penned comic books focused on the story. A movie is even in the works.

The group’s cult following repeatedly drives the hard-rock hooks of its albums into the top 10. The group is touring now behind its latest release, 2013’s “The Afterman: Descension,” which hit No. 9 on the charts.

Tickets are $25.75 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Meanwhile, indie folk act Passenger, led by singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, will play the Showbox SoDo at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Passenger has seen its star rise in recent years thanks in large part to the crossover smash “Let Her Go,” a sentimental song that became a surprise hit — its video has been viewed more than 350 million times on YouTube.

The success of that track helped drive anticipation for Passenger’s new album, “Whispers,” which hit stores this May, debuting at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and featured more of the group’s pop-folk.

Tickets are $27 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.

Famed indie rock band the Breeders will play the Showbox at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Led by bassist Kim Deal, a founding member of the Pixies, the group scored a hit in the mid-1990s with “Cannonball.” The Breeders’ legend grew beyond that single, and it won a loyal following. The group is riding high again after last year’s deluxe reissue of “Last Splash,” which celebrated that album’s 20th anniversary. On its current tour, the band is debuting new material, a rare event for a group that has released a mere four albums in the past 24 years.

Tickets are $25 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.

Finally, electronica act Feed Me With Teeth will play the Paramount Theatre in Seattle at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The work of frontman Jon Gooch, Feed Me has built a reputation around theatrical shows — for tours, his act becomes not just Feed Me, but Feed Me With Teeth.

Its current tour is billed as Feed Me’s Psychedelic Journey, and is expected to feature another innovative light show synchronized to new music and past selections, including music from the artist’s 2013 album, “Calamari Tuesday.”

Tickets are $28.75 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

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