Hard to believe, but true. In an extensive interview with MusicRadar, Boston main man Tom Scholz admits he hasn't listened to "any other music" since 1974 because he doesn't want to be influenced by it!
When Scholz was asked his opinions of other guitarists that have signature sounds, like The Edge from U2, or Andy Summers of The Police, he responded: “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. The only times when I’ll hear other music will be at the ice skating rink or the gym – you know, if I go out and somebody’s playing something. I don’t listen to the radio in the car, and I do that because I don’t want to be influenced. I do hear a little bit here and there – I know what modern rock and current pop sounds like because I’m exposed to it a little bit. The closest
I can come to answering that question is, I can probably tell you when it’s an old Jeff Beck song or early Led Zeppelin – I can recognize Jimmy Page." One band he is aware of, is Nirvana. Here's an excerpt from the interview: You might have answered this in a way, but when Nirvana – “I’ve heard the well-known Nirvana song. I know who they are.”
So are you aware that they paid homage to Boston when they played the opening of More Than A Feeling before Smells Like Teen Spirit? “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.” Read the full interview here: http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/tom-scholz-talks-recording-his-signature-gibson-les-p