BOSTON's Tom Scholz Shares Rock’n’Roll Cinderella Story 40 Years Ago


Dallas, TX - August 30, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  explores the biggest selling debut album in history, Boston’s self-titled debut, with multi-talented Tom Scholz on its fortieth anniversary.

A year before releasing what quickly became the biggest selling debut album in music history (a record Boston held for decades until only recently when nosed out by Guns’n’Roses’ Appetite for Destruction), the band Boston did not even exist. In 1976 Tom Scholz’s seven year basement tapes project would emerge out of nowhere to re-write the record books on popularity and profits. The Cinderella story of Scholz and Boston’s debut would produce astronomical numbers (over 17 million sold to date), driven by three Top 40 singles “Peace of Mind”, “Long Time” and the Top 5 smash “More Than A Feeling”

Tom Scholz shares with In The Studio host Redbeard how the monumental success of Boston’s debut album insured his future in the music business.

“That album doing as well as it did is the only thing that made it possible to do a second and a third one, because there was no way I was going to be able to write the songs for additional albums in the time frame that some bands do, pumping one out a year or even shorter ... It was only because it sold so well that it was possible to take the time to do it, and do it again... If it had been a 900,000 seller instead of a 9 million seller, I think there probably wouldn’t be a Boston in existence today”.  - Tom Scholz

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BOSTON to Celebrate 40 Years With 2016 Tour

BOSTON celebrates 4 decades with 2016 North American Tour
Forty years ago today, February 1st 1976, the amazing story of the iconic band BOSTON officially began when Tom Scholz and Brad Delp signed their recording contract with Epic Records. Their first album, Boston, would quickly become the best selling debut album in history, and its founder Tom Scholz would become recognized for his charitable work, promotion of higher education, and technical innovation.
BOSTON recordings are known for their sonic purity and massive "cathedral of sound" (Cameron Crowe, Rolling Stone), thanks to Scholz' novel arranging, production, and instrumental performances, and Delp's artfully layered vocals.
Back in 1976 no one could have guessed that two unknown writer/performers were about to create albums that would eventually sell over 30 million copies. The phenomenon surprised Scholz as well as the staff of Epic Records, at a time when the industry was caught up in the 70s disco bubble. However, the popular description of the debut album as an overnight success, a "Cinderella story," could not have been farther from the truth.
For six long years Scholz worked as a design engineer for Polaroid during the daytime and then went to work at night in his home studio, writing, recording, engineering, performing - even inventing novel musical equipment - that would eventually bring the "BOSTON" sound to life. But BOSTON almost never saw the light of day. By the end of 1975, after so many years of exhausting work and spent savings, Scholz had decided it was time to accept defeat, dismantle his studio, and sell his equipment. He then completed his planned final demo, almost as a formality, and suddenly everything changed. That demo was "More than a Feeling."
Scholz' inspired compositions, musical instinct as a multi-instrumentalist, and technical wizardry, complimented by Delp's stratospheric vocals, created a new sound that many other groups and their record labels tried to imitate. Following BOSTON's success, Scholz felt a new obligation as a role model, and has used BOSTON's popularity to promote education, empathy, and a healthy lifestyle. He has donated millions of dollars to organizations that fight animal cruelty, feed the homeless, and help children. Both Delp and guitarist Gary Pihl, a 30 year veteran of the band, also made substantial donations to these causes. Under his direction, the band's tours have raised money and awareness for numerous causes including National Hospice, Sierra Club, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Sea Shepherds, and AIDS relief.
Today BOSTON is recognized for the technical excellence of its live productions, the outstanding performance of its talented band members on stage, and their uncanny ability to reproduce all the unique sounds of their studio albums without the use of prerecorded material. For their 2016 "Four Decades Tour" BOSTON will delight their audiences with a high energy set of their well- known hits plus extended live arrangements, accompanied as always by their own unique visual stage presentation. The tour finale will feature a return to their first ever headline venue in the city of Boston at the Boston Music Hall, now known as the Wang Center.
Dates to be announced, check or for show dates as they are confirmed.

BOSTON Brings Roar Of Approval In Sold Out Concert In Los Angeles


By Gerry Gittelson Los Angeles correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Boston was not treated especially well here at in terms of reviewing the band's new CD 'Life, Love & Hope' ' and rightfully so because the album is a far cry from what the legendary band once was all about ' but thank god for a back catalog overflowing with incredible songs, mostly from Boston's pre-1990 era.

Led by guitarist Tom Scholz, Boston is touring again, and the group absolutely tore it up on Tuesday, July 29 in a soldout performance before more than 17,000 spectators at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Boston stuck mostly to all the classic hits, mixing in only a small handful of new songs, and the crowd ate it up. My gosh, we have not witnessed a band that sounded this good with such incredible dynamics in a long time.

Opening with a roaring version of 'Rock & Roll Band,' Boston proved ultra-tight and utterly clean, partially thanks to the building's revamped, high-tech PA system, and the place was going wild. Then came 'Smokin'' and 'Feelin' Satisfied,' and at that point Boston had total control of the room.

The last time we had seen Boston live in Los Angeles, new vocalist Tommy DeCarlo was just starting out, having been discovered on youtube, and back then he was overweight and without the charisma to be a frontman for such a majestic band ' and co-lead singer Michael Sweet (now gone) also sucked that night ' but wow what a difference a few years has made. This time, DeCarlo was a different man, well-fit and confident, and my goodness he sang well as a replacement for the late Brad Delp, who was about as irreplaceable as a lead singer could be.

The songs were tuned down a step or so ' as is the case with most classic-rock bands this side of Journey ' but except for failing to hit the very highest notes like on 'Peace of Mind' and a few others, DeCarlo was right in the groove.

On 'Don't Look Back,' Scholz was his usual dominant self, the lanky guitarist tearing his way through the classic radio hit -- including that unforgettable mid-song guitar riff -- and he was Eddie Van Halen-like when he broke into a guitar solo about an hour into the spectacle.

Co-guitarist Gary Pihl proved impressive, too, and with a total of seven players up there making music, Boston put on a show that was richly dramatic and geared toward optimum audience enjoyment.

Everything was going splendidly until former American idol finalist Siobhan Magnus jumped on stage towards the end for 'Walk On' and almost ruined the whole thing with her screaming ' guess Scholz is just too nice to say no ' but the momentum was back in Boston's hands with 'Foreplay/Longtime,' then an encore of 'Party' to finish the evening with an exclamation point.

Overall, a five-star performance. This is about as good as it gets in the classic-rock circuit.


Openers Cheap Trick proved great, too. Robin Zander has never sounded better, and oh what a treat it was to hear well-executed versions of 'Ain't That a Shame,' 'California Man,' 'Surrender, 'Dream Police' and of course 'I Want You to Want Me.'

Zany guitarist Rick Nielsen appeared to be having the time of his life, jumping around the stage, switching guitars and throwing out an endless stream of guitar picks.

Photos by: Jon Viscott



Boston are trying to breathe life back into Life Love & Hope with this: special tour edition, out in Japan July 23...
1. Heaven On Earth
2. Didn't Mean To Fall In Love
3. Last Day Of School
4. Sail Away
5. Life, Love & Hope
6. If You Were In Love
7. Someday
8. Love Got Away
9. Someone (2.0)
10. You Gave Up On Love (2.0)
11. The Way You Look Tonight
12. Someday - Tom Scholz Vocal Version (Bonus Track)
13. Te Quiero Mia (Bonus Track)
14. Oh Canada (Bonus Track)
15. God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen (Bonus Track)
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