Saturday, March 25, 2017

Boston (Tom Scholz and Brad Delp)




Donald Thomas Scholz was born in 1947 in Toledo, Ohio. He studied classical piano as a child and completed his academic studies before he turned his talents to the music industry. He started song writing in 1969 while still a student and joined his first band Freehold, where he met guitarist Barry Goudreau and drummer Jim Masdea, who would later become members of Boston. Vocalist Brad Delp was added to the collective in 1970. One his first compositions was an instrumental titled ‘Foreplay.’



He used the money he made working at for Polaroid, to build a recording studio in his basement. He formed Mother's Milk, a studio band with Delp (vocals), Goudreau (guitar), Masdea (drums), and Scholz on guitar, bass and keyboards and they made several demo recordings which were all rejected. The group disbanded in 1974, but Scholz subsequently worked with Masdea and Delp to produce six new demos between 1974 and 1975. The recordings included "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", "Rock and Roll Band", "Something About You" (then entitled "Life Isn't Easy"), "Hitch a Ride" (then entitled "San Francisco Day"), and "Don't Be Afraid". Tom played all the instruments on the demos, except for the drums, which were played by Masdea. These demos attracted the interest of Epic Records who signed Scholz and singer Brad Delp to a recording contract but before the deal could be finalized, the band had to do a live audition for the record company executives. The duo recruited Goudreau on guitar, bassist Fran Sheehan and drummer Sib Hashian. The showcase was a success and the group released their debut album in 1976, which contained much of the original home based material. The band were now called Boston. The album sold extremely well, with bith "More Than a Feeling" and "Long Time", becoming AM and FM hits.







After the band completed a short six-week promotional club tour in the Midwest to promoite theor album, they followed this up with a 10 months national tour opening for bigger bands like Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult. By 1977. They were headlining.











The follow up album. Don’t Look Back came two years later (1978). Scholtz was not entirely satisfied with the finished product and although it sold well, it was not as commercially successful as Boston. The single Don’t look back, became a top-5 hit. Additionally, two other singles, "A Man I'll Never Be" and "Feelin' Satisfied", went top 40 and top 50, respectively.











Scholz was determined to complete Boston's third album, at his own pace and up to his demanding standard. CBS filed a $60 million lawsuit against Scholz, alleging breach of contract for failing to deliver a new Boston album on time. The album took another six years to complete. The Third Stage, did not appear until 1986. That album was certified 4x platinum, and "Amanda" reached the top of the singles chart. Both, "We're Ready" and "Can'tcha Say (You believe in me)" were also top 10 and top 30, singles respectively. Scholz and Brad Delp were the only members of the original group to appear on the album. In 1987/88, the band completed a tour to promote Third Stage. Jim Masdea (the original drummer) was brought back to play "Rock and Roll Band"; and Doug Huffman and David Sikes, joined the stage line up and remained with the band until the mid-1990s. During this same period, Scholz founded his high-tech company Scholz Research & Development (SR&D), which made amplifiers and other musical electronic equipment. Its most famous product, the Rockman amplifier, was introduced in 1982.















Meantime Barry Goudreau record a solo album which featured Boston members Delp and Hashian. The album was released in 1980, was titled Barry Goudreau and featured the minor hit single "Dreams". Goudreau left the band in 1981 and formed Orion the Hunter.







The legal wrangles with CBS took another seven years to run its course, but in 1990 Scholz won. He had meantime had moved Boston to MCA Records. Walk On was another labour of love and took eight years to complete. During the making of the album, Brad Delph left the group and was replaced with Fran Cosmo. Walk on was released in 1994 and reached No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. "I Need Your Love" scored a singles hit. Delp reunited with Boston at the end of 1994 and Boston completed the "Livin' For You" tour in 1995.



Boston: Greatest Hits. Was relesed in 1997 and included three new recording, two songs and an instrumental. Tom Scholz, the founder, was now the only remaining orignal member of the band.



Boston’s fifth album, was Corporate America whoch was released on 2002 on the independent label Artemis Records. The album featured both Delp and Cosmo on guitar and lead vocals, Scholz on lead guitar and organ, and Gary Pihl on guitar, along with new members Anthony Cosmo on rhythm guitar, Jeff Neal on drums and Kimberley Dahme on bass and vocals. The group embarked on a national tour in support of the album in 2003/2004. Brad Delp's last concert with Boston was performed at Boston Symphony Hall on November 13, 2006, at a concert honoring Doug Flutie. He died in March 2007. Ongoing conflicts among the surviving band members saw a new Boston line up.



Life, Love & Hope (2013), was their sixth album, released on Frontiers Records. Work on the album started in 2002 and featured vocals by Brad Delp. The band continue to tour the world with various line ops.







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