My sister, Michelle, introduced me to Mass, a band from Revere, Mass., back in the mid- to late-1980s. I immediately like their melodic rock sound.
At the time, I was living in Daytona Beach, Fla. I believe at the time, I owned the vinyl record of the band’s “New Birth” album. I gave it to a friend in Daytona, who was also from Massachusetts. I never saw the album again.
I ended up finding a cassette version of “New Birth.” While home in Revere one year, I was able to pick up the EP “Take You Home” and the full-length CD, “Voices in the Night.” Then, after that, I did not hear much from the band.
On one of my trips home, I caught the band in concert at a small club in Rowley, Mass. The lead singer, Louis St. August, seemed almost apologetic the band was not playing larger venues.
Still, I did not care. I got to hear one of my favorite bands in a small, intimate setting, an environment I much prefer.
I don’t know exactly when the concert was, but it had to be sometime before the summer of 1993, when I moved to Cincinnati.
That was the last time I saw the band perform live until this trip. Every time I came to Massachusetts, I always wanted to know if Mass was playing somewhere. Usually, I would get into town a couple of weeks after they performed or a few weeks beforehand.
But, that changed. In January, I requested my vacation for the week of May 31-June 6, not knowing Mass would be performing on May 30, 2015. My wife, Wendi and I flew into Boston on Saturday morning, and Saturday night we were listening to Mass. Not bad.
I hope it is not another 20 years before I see Mass again.
Here is the setlist from the concert (Mass played two covers, Kashmir and Baba O’Riley, the original songs by the original artists are included in the set list):