Rock band
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Boston
  2. The Unexpected Rise of Boston
  3. Continued Success and Challenges
  4. Individual Pursuits and Revival
  5. Challenges and New Lineup

Biography of Boston

Tom Scholz, born on March 10, 1947, in Toledo, USA, was the driving force behind the rock band Boston. In the past, Scholz worked as a designer for "Polaroid" before finding himself involved in a legal battle against "CBS Records" and their manager, Paul Ahern, due to contract delays. During this time, Scholz invented a mini-amplifier called the "Rockman".


The Unexpected Rise of Boston

Under Scholz's guidance, the semi-professional group recorded several demos and presented them to the recording company "Epic Records". Surprisingly, the tapes impressed "Epic Records" and Scholz teamed up with his friends Fran Sheehan (born on March 26, 1949, in Boston, USA; bass), Brad Delp (born on June 12, 1951, in Boston, USA; guitar, vocals), Barry Goudreau (born on November 29, 1951, in Boston, USA; guitar), and Sib Hashian (born on August 17, 1949, in Boston, USA; drums) to form the band. Without much hesitation, they named their group "Boston", and their first self-titled release reached the 3rd position in the US charts, eventually selling 16 million copies in the States alone and staying in the charts for two years. Their unforgettable composition "More Than A Feeling" instantly became an international hit. The melodic hard rock won the hearts of listeners, and it seemed that the band had a bright future ahead.


Continued Success and Challenges

Two years later, they almost replicated their success with the album "Don't Look Back", which also topped the US charts, and its title track became immensely popular among a vast audience. Meanwhile, Scholz found himself involved in a legal battle against "CBS Records" and their manager, Paul Ahern, due to contract delays. At the same time, the restless Scholz, who was previously a product designer for "Polaroid", invented a mini-amplifier called the "Rockman".

Individual Pursuits and Revival

Goudreau grew weary of the band's long creative hiatus and released a solo album, eventually leaving the band to form "Orion The Hunter" with Fran Cosmo. Hashian and Sheehan followed suit in the mid-80s, temporarily using the name "Boston" with Scholz's permission (they would later be pursued legally by all three former band members). In 1986, the band, now consisting of Scholz and Delp, returned to the stage with the album "Third Stage", which was accompanied by two hit singles, "Amanda" (which reached No. 1 in the charts) and "We're Ready". Fans had long awaited new material, and even though the third album did not offer anything new, they had no choice but to purchase it. This situation allowed Boston to become the first rock band in US history whose debut album sold the best, with total album sales exceeding 50 million copies.

Challenges and New Lineup

Scholz embarked on a tour dedicated to "Third Stage" with a new lineup that included Delp, guitarist Gary Pihl, bassist David Sikes, and drummers Doug Huffman and Jim Masdea. In 1990, Scholz finally won his lengthy legal battle against CBS. Before Scholz started working on a new album, he recruited his partner, Goudreau Cosmo, as the vocalist, but Delp left and joined Goudreau's project "Return to Zero". As a result, on "Walk On", Scholz remained the only original member. While fans were slightly disappointed, the album still reached the Top 5 in the US. Meanwhile, Scholz lost his protracted legal battle against Ahern and was ordered to pay over half a million dollars. He had to shut down his company "Research & Development" and leave "MCA Records". Despite this setback, Boston returned with a slightly revamped lineup in the summer of 2002, releasing a new album.