Whatever Happened To The Band Boston? (2022)

Whatever Happened To The Band Boston?

Today on Rock N’ Roll True Stories, they take a look at the band Boston and whatever happened to them. Check it out below!

(Video) Boston The Tragic History Of the Band, Death of Brad Delp & Tom Scholz Perfectionism

What’s going on my fellow rock n’ rollers. Don’t forget to hit the bell notification icon to be notified every time i put out a new video on my channel. If i had to name one of my favourite records of all time, I’d probably have to go with Boston’s self titled debut record. Released in 1976, the album was a massive success selling over 17 million copies. And it set the path for what should have been a massive career, but it didn’t. 4 years later, the band only released one more album and they quickly crashed and burned. So what happened? Stay tuned to find out!

Tom Scholz was the mastermind behind Boston. An MIT alumni and following graduation he would end up getting a job with Polaroid working as a product design engineer. Apart from tinkering with electronics, he also was into music, having played in a series of bands in the city of Boston with names like Middle Earth, Freehold and Mother’s Milk. While he spent a lot of time on the live music circuit, he quickly realized he wasnt going to get a record deal that way. It was then he turned his attention to recording demos in some local studios which never caught the interest of record labels. He soon built a twelve track recording studio in his basement and again record labels showed no interest in what he was creating.
It wasn’t until he enlisted the help of several musicians he had played on the local boston circuit that he finally got the attention of the labels. Guitarist Barry Goudreau, who Scholz played with in boston on the live music circuit would introduce him to singer Brad Delp. They worked on and created the songs that formed the first Boston album, albeit some of them with different names. San Francisco Day which was later to named Hitch A Ride, It Isn’t Easy which was re-titled Something About You, Foreplay, originally composed in 1969, Peace Of Mind, Rock ’N’ Roll Band, and the final track they recorded was called, Ninety Days which was later renamed More Than A Feeling. The hand claps on the song were even from Scholz first wife.

And you would think these songs would’ve created a bidding war with the record labels, but it didn’t. In fact most record labels passed on the demos. But in 1975, Tom, Scholz was contacted a representative from ABC Records named Charlie McKenzie. It had turned out by some strange twist of fate McKenzie had heard the demo while he was visiting a friend who worked at RCA records. That friends name was Paul Ahern. McKenzie and Ahern convinced Scholz to let them shop around the demo claiming they could get him a record deal. They would end up taking the demo to CBS owned Epic Records who showed interest, but prior to signing a deal they wanted to see the band perform live for executives.
Epic staff producer Tom Werman recalled to Classic Rock Magazine hearing the demos for the first time revealing “After More Than A Feeling, which sounded quite like the final product, and halfway through the second song, I stopped the tape. I couldn’t believe that this music was actually available to us, and told Ahern that if Lennie and I could see the band reproduce this live, we’d guarantee to sign them. ”

(Video) Boston - More Than a Feeling (Official Video)

As Scholz turned to his live showcase for the record executives he knew he didn’t really have a band. Scholz would work with Delp as well as a bunch of local musicians they already knew from the Boston music scene for the live showcase, which took place at a warehouse space, which ended up belonging to Aerosmith. The band passed with flying colours and ended up signing an astounding 10 album deal that would last 6 years. While it may seem crazy, that was the standard contract that was given to bands back then.
However, things started to turn sour for Scholz when Epic Records told him that they wanted to re-record the demos in a studio setting with an experienced producer. The label suggested John Boylan who met with Scholz where the pair hatched a pretty impressive scheme. Instead of going to LA to re-record the demos, which Scholz thought was pointless, He would stay home in Boston and work in his basement sprucing up the demos to give the record label something that seemed more polished. Meanwhile, the rest of the band would go to Los Angeles to work on new material that would turn into the song Let Me Take You Home Tonight, Scholz stayed home, fastidiously gussying up the demos to give Epic something that sounded like a more polished version and he would end up striking a deal with Boylan where he got a producer credit as well. The plan worked and the label was none the wiser.
With an album in the can, the band still didn’t have a name. It would be the album’s producer and his engineer who suggested Boston and the name stuck. Released in the summer of 1976 the album was a massive hit becoming the fastest selling record of the 70’s helped in large part by the opening track and single More Than a Feeling
“More Than a Feeling” was a top 5 hit and it was enough for Scholz to quit his job at Polaroid.

Now the band had to turn it’s attention to touring, which saw them open for some pretty big names including, opening for Foghat, Black Sabbath, and Blue Öyster Cult. While the tour was enjoyable for the group, the record label was hungry for another album. Scholz felt the pressure, but being the perfectionist he was, he felt like it was too soon to record a follow up. Soon enough Scholz started to work on Boston’s sophomore record 1978’s Don’t Look Back. And while the record hit number 1 on the album charts, and sold over 7 million copies, Scholz felt like it was rushed despite the fact it was delivered a year later than the label wanted. Scholz wanted the freedom to work on the album for as long as he needed without the pressure of a label, but unfortunately, the business doesn’t work that way.
The tour to support the album was grueling lasting over 2 years. And during an interview with thirdstage Scholz revealed: “We had gone on a horrible tour in 1978-79. We played BOSTON songs and I loved playing on stage but it was horrible. It was long and when I got off the road I wasn’t sure that I wanted to ever go on tour again. Brad told me that he didn’t ever want to go on tour. I was going to hang it up and just record. I took a little time off after Don’t Look Back. I was drained. I was more than drained, I was demoralized. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be in the music business. I didn’t like what I had seen. Brad and I had made a lot of money for a lot of people and I didn’t like what they were doing. I began to feel guilty about enabling people to do things that I didn’t approve of. I considered leaving music altogether and going back to being an engineer” he’d say.
Scholz ended up staying in the music industry and began work on Boston’s third album, but he was going to take his time until he was ready to release something new. It was around this time the guitarist realized that his manager Paul Ahern had owned a percentage of all the songs he had written when they first signed their contract during the mid 70’s. The manager would be sacked by Scholz and he turned around and sue.

Burned out by what was going on around him, Scholz convened his band and told them he was no longer interested in working on music and they were free to pursue other career ventures. So guitarist Barry Goudreau managed to sign a deal with Epic Records and released a solo album which featured future boston vocalist Fran Cosmo. The guitarist’s solo record was enjoyed by critics, but commercially it didn’t do much. Things took a turn or the worst for Scholz noticed a billboard Epic ran advertising Goudreau’s album with the claim “12 million people know the sound of this guitar. We’d like to introduce you to the owner.” Tom allegedly complained to the label and it was claimed he wanted Epic Records to pull support for the album, a charge he now denies. Goudreau left Boston in 1981 with Scholz claiming they ended their relationship on good terms during an interview with Third Stage.

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The next fight Scholz had to face was with Epic Records and their parent company CBS who were eager for a third record. With years having passed since Don’t Look Back was released the label devised a plan to withhold royalty payments to scholz to force his hand to release an album sooner rather than later. The plan failed and with no other options Epic’s parent company CBS would file a lawsuit against Schulz citing a breach of contract in 1984 claiming the guitarist was and i quote “uncooperative.” In turn Scholz retaliated with his own lawsuit over unpaid royalty payments. Scholz would win both cases despite the fact the litigation lasted for over half a decade and slowed the progress on a third record. It was during this time Scholz sought out a new record label eventually signing with MCA, but CBS records was pretty vengeful and ended up suing MCA issuing a cease and desist order, and they wanted a huge advance claiming that for every album Scholz sold on any future boston releases CBS should get 25 cents. His old label would end up losing their case in 1985 and Scholz was now a free man.
During the litigation Scholz also founded a music research and development company in 1982 called Scholz research and development, which made amplifiers and other musical electronic equipment.

With record label lawsuits behind him Scholz was able to finish the work he started on Boston’s third album. Scholz would bring back vocalist Brad Delp, as well as drummer Jim Masdea who helped him on the original boston demo and also joining them in 1985 was former Sammy Hagar guitarist Gary Pihl who also helped out Scholz with his research and development company by acting as an executive. The resulting album would be 1986’s Third Stage, which was a quasi concept that explored the several stages of life from infancy to adulthood. Compared to the band’s first two records, it represented a more subdued sound, while still featuring a few songs that harkened back to late 70’s. Despite the long gaps between records the album still went platinum, selling over 4 million units. The Third Stage. Following it’s release the band hit the road for 2 years supporting the album and they would play the third stage from start to finish during live shows.

As the 90’s rolled in, Boston turned their attention to their new album, but much like the rest of the career, things never went easy. Tom Scholz was surprised when singer Brad Delp left the band soon joined former guitarist Brad Goudreau’s new band at the time, RTZ. And ust like that the recognizable voice of Boston was gone leaving Scholz as the only original member remaining. Prior to his departure Delp did help co-write a song With Delp’s departure, Scholz was then the last remaining original member. Prior to his departure Brad Delp did help co-wrote a song that would be titled”Walk On”, which became the title track of Boston’s next album.

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Needing a new singer, Scholz looked closer to home than getting a complete outsider when he enlisted former Iron The Hunter singer Fran Cosmo who had played on Barry Goudreau’s solo record. The next Boston album titled Walk on would be released in 1994 and there would be elements of the band’s three previous records sprinkled throughout the album. The album failed to be a top 5 hit peaking at number 7, but it still went platinum and produced the single i need your love. As the band got ready to hit the road to support the record, vocalist Brad Delp rejoined the group. With two singers in the band, Delp shared vocal duties with new singer Fran Cosmo. Looking back at Boston’s career 8 appears to be the magic number in Boston time as the band would take another 8 years to release their follow up album, 2002’s corporate america.The marketing strategy behind corporate america was a bit different from their previous records as Boston was no longer on a big label and Scholz would upload the album to mp3.com under the monicker Downer’s Revenge instead of Boston. Waiting 8 years between releases meant there was seismic shift in rock n’ roll as trends came and went and Scholz was worried that if the album had the Boston name on it, some people wouldn’t have bothered to have given the record a chance. Corporate America was released on a now defunct indie label Artimis, which was headed by nirvana’s longtime manager Danny Goldberg. The record featured the largest lineup of Boston to date with Cosmo and Delp both singing on the album. But Corporate America would fall on deaf ears and didn’t even chart in the top 40, but that didn’t stop the band from touring for several years on the album. And Scholz’s business relationship with Artimis records would be shortlived as he turn around and sued the labe for $4 million records for as he claimed inadequately promoting the album, despite repeated promises from the label that the record would be the company’s highest priority.

Fast forward to March of 2007 fans were shocked to learn that the voice of the band Brad Delp had taken his life at his home in new Hampshire. Rather than coming together the aftermath had a lot of people pointing fingers more specifically at Tom Scholz. Scholz was accused of running his band with an iron fist, with little regards for how his bandmates felt, with some claiming it made Delp feel marginilized. Scholz defended himself claiming Delp was free to come and go in the band and that he did.

Things got especially ugly when his widow Delp’s widow gave an interviews to the Boston Herald where she incinuatedthat Scholz was responsible for her husband’s death. This resulted in Scholz suing the widow as well as the newspaper for running a defamatory story and causing emotional distress.

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Following his death the members of Boston held a tribute concert to Delp titled ‘Come Together: A Tribute To Brad Delp’,
In 2013 Boston released their sixth album, Life, Love & Hope, which featured lead vocals from Brad Delp among many other singers. The album’s sessions dated back to 2002. In the subsequent years Scholz has continued to tour under the Boston name and it was reported in 2018 that some of the band’s master recordings were destroyed in the universal music fire.
During an interview with thirdstage webside, Tom Scholz was asked
Last one: Has anyone ever told you that you are too damn smart for your own good?

To which he would respond I used to be very smart but I am not that smart anymore. I am just right now he’s say. So that does it for today’s video.thanks for watching. Be sure to hit the like button and subscribe. If you guys have suggestions for future topics let me know in the comments section below. Take care.

FAQs

Does the band Boston still exist? ›

Although Boston is still active playing and recording today, many listeners associate Boston with the music from their debut album. Ferreting out the origin of those songs, and that sound, explains how the “band” got it's first recording contract in 1976.

What happened to the original lead singer of Boston? ›

It was 13 years ago today (March 9th, 2007) that Boston lead singer Brad Delp committed suicide at his home in Atkinson, New Hampshire, at the age of 55.

What happened to the original members of Boston? ›

The original members were Tom Scholz (b. March 10, 1947, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.), Brad Delp (b. June 12, 1951, Boston, Massachusetts—found dead March 9, 2007, Atkinson, New Hampshire), Fran Sheehan (b.

What is the net worth of the band Boston? ›

The band's self-titled debut studio album was released in 1976. Boston's second album Don't Look Back was released in 1978 and reached #1 in the US where it certified 7x Platinum and #1 in Canada.
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Tom Scholz Net Worth.
Net Worth:$100 Million
Date of Birth:Mar 10, 1947 (75 years old)
Gender:Male
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Is the group Boston touring in 2022? ›

Unfortunately there are no concert dates for Boston scheduled in 2022.

How many original members are still with Boston? ›

Scholz and Delp are the only original members of Boston who are still with the band until March 2007. Delp passes at the age of 55. Furthermore, Brad Delp, along with Tom Scholz, are the only ones signed to Epic Records as “Boston”. The band resumes touring in 2008 with new vocalists Michael Sweet and Tommy DeCarlo.

Who played the guitar in Led Zeppelin? ›

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham.

Is Boston in the rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Not in Hall of Fame - 42. Boston.

Will Boston ever tour again? ›

Rock Out with Boston in 2022!

Boston — the legendary rock band behinds bestselling hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Foreplay/Long Time," and "Amanda" — are going back on tour in in 2022, and even better, there's still time to score great tickets for any concert on their schedule!

How much is Mick Jagger worth right now? ›

$500 Million

How much is Tom Schultz of the band Boston worth? ›

Tom Scholz's Net Worth Is $100 Million

Besides his music career, Tom Scholz also continues his engineering career. He has a company named Scholz Design, which is active and highly successful.

Is Bruno Mars coming to Boston in 2022? ›

Live in Boston - September 2022!

The Bruno Mars Boston concert will debut the new music venue with three shows in early September.

Will there be a new Boston album? ›

Boston have announced they will release a new studio album, Life, Love & Hope, December 3 via Frontiers Records.

Who replaced the lead singer of Boston? ›

Delp worked again with Mr. Goudreau in a band called RTZ, for Return to Zero. He was replaced in Boston by Mr. Cosmo, the lead singer on Boston's 1994 album “Walk On.” But Mr.

Who was lead singer of Bad Company? ›

Bad Company

Who invented prog rock? ›

According to AllMusic: "Prog-rock began to emerge out of the British psychedelic scene in 1967, specifically a strain of classical/symphonic rock led by the Nice, Procol Harum, and the Moody Blues (Days of Future Passed)."

Why is the band Boston called Boston? ›

First, they got their start -- and their name -- from none other than Boston, Massachusetts. The original members of Boston the band included Tom Scholz on guitar, Brad Delp as the vocalist, Barry Goudreau on guitar, and Jim Masdea on drums.

What is Boston famous for? ›

Boston is best known for its famous baked beans, Fenway Park, The Boston Marathon, and of course for the bar from Cheers, but dig a little deeper below the surface and you'll find a surprising wealth of things that make Boston one of the best cities in America—and the world.

Who is Jimmy Page's favorite guitarist? ›

As with many early guitarists, Jimi Hendrix is Jimmy Page's favorite guitarist of all time.

Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? ›

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The first Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul guitar from Gibson Guitar Corp.'s Custom, Art & Historic Division has been sold for a reported $55,000 to an anonymous buyer. The figure, more than double its suggested list price, is a record for a new, first-run Gibson guitar.

What kind of guitars did Boston use? ›

The sound of the guitar parts in the music of Boston (that's all Tom Scholz) is all done on a Gibson Les Paul.

Why does Tom Scholz wear a knee brace? ›

While there's no denying Scholz's remarkable musical capabilities as he hobbled from keyboard to pipe organ to guitarist stance, his left knee tightly strapped in a massive brace from a ligament injury, even his techno-craftiness quickly grew wearisome.

How many people are in the band Boston? ›

Boston (band)
Boston
LabelsEpic MCA Artemis Frontiers
MembersTom Scholz Gary Pihl Curly Smith Jeff Neal Tommy DeCarlo Tracy Ferrie Beth Cohen
Past membersBrad Delp Jim Masdea Fran Sheehan Sib Hashian Barry Goudreau David Sikes Doug Huffman Fran Cosmo Anton Cosmo Anthony Citrinite Michael Sweet David Victor Kimberley Dahme
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What happened to the original drummer of Boston? ›

Boston's original drummer Sib Hashian dies while playing classic rock on a cruise ship. Drummer John “Sib” Hashian who set the beat on Boston's first two albums — the eponymous 1976 rock landmark and 1978 chart-topping sequel “Don't Look Back” — died this week with drumsticks in hand.

What year was Boston More Than a Feeling? ›

"More Than a Feeling" is a song by the American rock band Boston, released as the lead single from the band's 1976 debut album by Epic Records in September 1976, with "Smokin'" as the B-side. Tom Scholz wrote the whole song. The single peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

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Is Ozzy Osbourne in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? ›

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Black Sabbath and into the UK Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of the band.

What bands should be in the Hall of Fame? ›

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  • Grand Funk Railroad.
  • Jethro Tull.
  • Foghat.
  • Foreigner.
  • Boston.
  • Emerson Lake & Palmer.
  • Pat Benatar.
  • Three Dog Night.

When was Boston's last tour? ›

When was the last Boston concert? The last Boston concert was on April 16, 2022 in Disney World Epcot.

Will Boston band tour again? ›

Rock Out with Boston in 2022!

Boston — the legendary rock band behinds bestselling hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Foreplay/Long Time," and "Amanda" — are going back on tour in in 2022, and even better, there's still time to score great tickets for any concert on their schedule!

Is Boston in the rock and Roll Hall of Fame? ›

Not in Hall of Fame - 42. Boston.

Is there a band named Boston? ›

Members of Boston the Band

First, they got their start -- and their name -- from none other than Boston, Massachusetts. The original members of Boston the band included Tom Scholz on guitar, Brad Delp as the vocalist, Barry Goudreau on guitar, and Jim Masdea on drums.

Is Fleetwood Mac doing a tour in 2022? ›

Fleetwood Mac isn't touring in 2022 but fans of the group can see both Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks live this year.

Will there be a new Boston album? ›

Boston have announced they will release a new studio album, Life, Love & Hope, December 3 via Frontiers Records.

Did Brad Delp play guitar? ›

Though probably best known for the soaring vocals and range of his "golden" voice and for singing all harmony parts on every song, Delp was also a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, harmonica and keyboards. He wrote or co-wrote songs for Boston, RTZ, Orion the Hunter, Lisa Guyer, and other artists.

How many original members are still with Boston? ›

Scholz and Delp are the only original members of Boston who are still with the band until March 2007. Delp passes at the age of 55. Furthermore, Brad Delp, along with Tom Scholz, are the only ones signed to Epic Records as “Boston”. The band resumes touring in 2008 with new vocalists Michael Sweet and Tommy DeCarlo.

Who played the guitar in Led Zeppelin? ›

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham.

What rock bands are not in the Hall of Fame? ›

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Is Ozzy Osbourne in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? ›

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Black Sabbath and into the UK Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of the band.

What bands should be in the Hall of Fame? ›

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  • Grand Funk Railroad.
  • Jethro Tull.
  • Foghat.
  • Foreigner.
  • Boston.
  • Emerson Lake & Palmer.
  • Pat Benatar.
  • Three Dog Night.

Who is the founder of the band Boston? ›

Donald Thomas Scholz (born March 10, 1947) is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is the founder, main songwriter, primary guitarist and only remaining original member of the rock band Boston. He has appeared on every Boston album.

How many albums did the band Boston sell? ›

A compilation album titled Greatest Hits was released in 1997 and went platinum twice. Boston's fifth studio album, Corporate America, was released in 2002 by Artemis Records. Overall, the band have sold over 31 million albums in the US.

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