By Kirk Baird
The Blade

Tom Scholz was just another teen out of Toledo when he enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. And now everybody knows his name -- or at least his band, Boston.

But while growing up in Toledo, Scholz was mostly known as Don Scholz's son. The elder Scholz was a successful Toledo builder and developer who, as founder of Scholz Homes, took part in the prefabricated housing boom of the 1950s.

"My dad was a brilliant home designer and driven," Scholz said in a recent phone interview with The Blade. "He was a paraplegic who became a mogul in the house engineer industry and built I don't know how many tens of thousands of homes and had a huge plant in Toledo. So when I grew up in Toledo, when I would go places and they would hear the name, they would say, 'Oh, you're Don Scholz's son.'

"I didn't know what that meant, to quite understand that as a kid because he was very down to earth and just another guy doing his job."

It's an ethos the younger Scholz inherited from his father, who died in 1999 at age 80. He also inhereited a brilliant engineering mind; Scholz is an inventor who holds numerous patents.

By Jeff Clark
Sun Herald

It's been almost 10 years since Tommy DeCarlo was asked to participate in a tribute concert held for the late Boston singer, Brad Delp. DeCarlo's tale has become legendary -- he was working at a hardware box store when he was discovered by Boston leader Tom Scholz.

But to place DeCarlo in this one spot in Boston's history is to undermine his ability as a singer and his dedication as a performer. As Scholz said in an interview with the Sun Herald, "Tommy DeCarlo is absolutely the best live vocalist. He does for Boston live what Brad did for it in the studio. We're just very very lucky to have stumbled on him."

The importance of DeCarlo's place in Boston's history goes far beyond his humble beginnings. That was, after all, a decade ago. Since 2008, DeCarlo has been Boston's lead singer both on stage and on 2013's "Life, Love and Hope." And it's because DeCarlo is dedicated to his craft as a singer, so much so that he gets up at 6 a.m. on show days and goes through a rigorous routine that includes exercise, getting plenty of fluids and periods of silence.

Scholz, DeCarlo and the rest of Boston -- guitarist Gary Pihl, multi-instrumentalist Beth Cohen, bassist Tracy Ferrie and drummer Jeff Neal -- will bring the Hyper Space Tour to the Saenger Theater in New Orleans at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets start at $69 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Boston performs Wednesday, July 5, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

By Alan Sculley
The Call

Tom Scholz celebrated the 40th anniversary of the blockbuster debut album by his band, Boston, last year.

This year, he's marked another milestone -- his 70th birthday.

But this is one 70-year-old rocker who doesn't look or act that age. Still tall and slender with a full head of brown hair that he doesn't need to color, Scholz said turning 70 was a non-event for him.

"I don't notice that 70 is any different than 60. For that matter, I didn't feel that 60 was any different than 50," Scholz said. "So I'm not feeling it."

That might be an understatement. Scholz was calling during a brief five-day break in the headlining part of Boston's "Hyper Space" tour, and as someone who has no free time once the group is on the road, he chose to spend part of his free time doing the kinds of physical activities that he'd typically do when he's not on tour.

"I have been to the (ice) rink twice because I had been off of the ice for over six weeks. So I had to go through my repertoire of ice skating jumps," said Scholz, an avid skater. "I did that and I went to the gym twice and I raced my dog up the hill yesterday."

The musician sounds off on fan tattoos, doing the "God voice" and the state of rock 'n' roll today.

By Jonathan Soroff
The Improper Bostonian

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Tom Scholz, 70, founder of the rock band Boston, spent his childhood playing classical piano and tinkering with anything motorized. He came east to attend MIT, where he graduated with a bachelor's and a master's degree in mechanical engineering. He began working as an engineer at Polaroid and taught himself to play guitar, bass and organ. In a basement studio he built himself, he worked with drummer Jim Masdea and singer Brad Delp to create a demo tape that launched Boston. Released in 1976, their self-titled debut album (with hits like "More Than a Feeling") went on to sell more than 17 million copies. A Grammy nomination, a world tour and five more albums followed. Scholz is also an inventor with nearly three dozen patents to his name, and the DTS Charitable Foundation he established in 1987 to protect animals, combat world hunger and aid the homeless has donated several million dollars to those causes. He lives in a suburb of Boston with his wife, Kim.

Jonathan Soroff: Favorite Boston song of all time?

Tom Scholz: I really love "Higher Power." I get to do the God voice. And by the way, I can only sing that part in the morning. When I do it on stage, I have to fake a couple of the low notes.

Best sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll story from back in the day? Y'know, I hate to burst that bubble, but I missed that whole phase. I've sort of made it my mission to reverse that perception, with minimal success. I certainly enjoyed being on tour in the early days [laughs]. I remember flying on a 727 to the first show where I was going to be a paid musician, thinking, "Holy crap! I can have a drink on the way to work!"

Strangest place where you were going about your own business and suddenly a Boston song came on? My house. At the end of the day, I have to find a half an hour to sit down in front of the TV and vegetize so I can sleep. I was surfing through a bunch of crap on TV, and there was nothing that I even remotely wanted to see. Then I went past South Park, which I hadn't seen in two or three years, and I stopped. And I got the opening chords of a song, and I go, "Holy crap! This band is good. Wait. That's me!"

By Mark Shanahan
Boston Globe

Barry Goudreau, onetime guitarist for Boston, did not infringe on the band's trademark by billing himself as a former member of Boston after leaving the group. That's the verdict in a lawsuit brought against Goudreau by Tom Scholz, leader and principal songwriter of Boston in US District Court. Though it didn't rule in favor of Scholz, the jury likewise rejected Goudreau's counterclaim of breach of contract.

"Despite the jury's verdict on our trademark violation claim, today's outcome was satisfactory because it reinforces a clear message for musicians and artists across the nation," Scholz said in a statement. "Trademark law exists not just to protect the rights of those who create, but to preserve the legacy and value of their art."

Scholz's lawsuit, filed in filed in US District Court in Boston in 2013, claimed Goudreau's "persistent, unauthorized, and willful misuse" of Boston-related trademarks exaggerated his role in the band and "deprives Scholz of his ability to control fully the nature and quality of all (Boston) products and services ... and harms the valuable reputation and goodwill" of the band. Boston's self-titled debut VP, released in 1976, sold more than 17 million copies.

The suit alleged that Goudreau had agreed to refer to himself as "formerly of Boston" after leaving the group, but was called "Barry Goudreau From Boston" and "Barry Goudreau of the Multi-Platinum Group Boston" in some of the promotional materials for other bands he played with, including car dealer Ernie Boch Jr.'s outfit, Ernie & the Automatics.

Still, the jury was not persuaded that Goudreau's work with other bands would cause confusion about the status or lineup of Boston in the mind of the public.

In an e-mail, David Given, one of the attorneys for Goudreau, said he's pleased with the outcome and plans to proceed with claims against Scholz.

"Barry Goudreau achieved 100% victory on the utterly baseless claims for trademark infringement brought against him by his former bandmate and friend, Tom Scholz," Given wrote. "We expect to continue to vigorously prosecute Barry's own claim for unfair and deceptive trade practices against Scholz in the coming weeks."

Tracy Ferrie credits his Elkhart music teacher.

By Kayleen Reusser
The News-Sentinel

Tracy Ferrie, bass guitarist and vocalist for the rock group Boston, credits his music teacher/band director Donald Litherland, now retired from Elkhart Memorial High School, for his success in a musical career.

“Mr. Litherland inspired me to play music,” Ferrie said during a recent phone interview. “Under his direction I took music seriously and became interested in performing. He taught me the steps it takes to get in the limelight. I had to work hard and understand music properly. I was not the greatest student in school, but he pushed me in the right direction and it paid off.”

Ferrie has gone far in his musical career, including attending college in Boston and living in Hollywood, Calif., and New York City. Now he will be back in Indiana, albeit temporarily, performing with the band Boston on Tuesday at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre.

Ferrie was born in Kokomo but moved to the Elkhart area with his family while in elementary school in the early 1970s. “When I first joined the school band, I chose to play the tuba, which was generally considered the most obnoxious instrument,” he said. “From there Mr. Litherland suggested I play an upright bass for the orchestral band. As the years went on, he kept suggesting I learn to play other musical instruments like the tympani and electric bass.”

By Chuck Yarborough
cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Listen, kids: You might want to stay off Boston founder Tom Scholz's lawn, at least if you're a fan of digital music.

"I am not a fan of digital music recording or digital music playback systems,'' said Scholz, whose bona fides include a master's degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"I credit the explosion of digital --?? both recording and consumer systems --?? as one of the principal causes of the destruction of the music business,'' Scholz said in a call from his home in Boston.

"How can people listen to an MP3 file and enjoy it?'' said the lead guitarist who will bring his band to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica to open the summer concert season on the west bank of the Flats on Wednesday, May 18.

"I just want to take the eardrums out of my ears,'' said Scholz, who never has never been one to mince words. "It's successful because it's cheap, it's fancy and has lots of features and is portable.

"Cheap is at the top of the list,'' said Scholz. "From the beginning, there were real technical problems with digital, but [I give] credit to the people who introduced the CD and bamboozled consumers into thinking they're getting better sound.''

Scholz, who launched his band after leaving behind a potentially lucrative (and boring) career at Polaroid, puts his money where his mouth is.

"I'm nothing but analog when I'm working on music,'' he said. "The rest of the world has embraced digital mixing consoles, but I still drag this monster analog monitor system around.''

By Howard Cohen
Miami Herald

Boston mastermind, guitarist, inventor Tom Scholz is about to blow up his studio in the city he named his classic rock group for when he remembers he has an an interview to do.

"I'm taking a break from working on a new stage effect. I was just about to blow something up before I stopped to call you," Scholz says. "It's a planned ignition so it won't blow up on stage. I'm finding out how far I can push it."

Scholz, 69, has been pushing it, believe it or not, for 40 years. His band's debut album, Boston, arrived in August 1976. The recording remains one of the best-selling debuts in history and one Boston plans to celebrate Friday with the opening of its 40th anniversary tour at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

Boston, with its hit singles More Than a Feeling, Peace of Mind and Long Time, became so ingrained in popular culture it wouldn't be a stretch to say if you went to junior or senior high school in late 1976, you were issued a copy of Boston along with your textbooks and hall passes. Boston's following five albums through Life, Love and Hope in 2013, sold well. But at 17 million and counting domestically, Boston has sold more than double the combined total of all the subsequent releases.

By Dr. Nancy Berk
Parade

Rock stars are notorious for shocking their fans, but Tom Scholz, the musician and mastermind behind the band Boston, wins the prize for cool surprises. That's because his back story is about as far away from a rock star as you can get. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Scholz for my podcast Whine At 9, where we discussed his unusual and fascinating journey from MIT-trained engineer to stadium rocker and force behind the legendary band.

Tom Scholz and Boston will mark the band's 40th anniversary with a North American tour (kicking off April 29) that will celebrate the music that has made the band a multigenerational favorite. Few are as surprised as Scholz when it comes to the longevity and growing fan base of the band that made "More Than A Feeling" a '70s rock anthem. In fact, Scholz wasn't expecting much when he began working on music at night after his "real" job as a product design engineer for Polaroid.

"Actually, I was expecting nothing. What I was hoping for was that, at some point, I might record a song that would get played on local radio stations," he says. "And then I could go out on local stages, and I could play in a band and play a piece of music that people knew--That was mine. And that was sort of my goal. It was very modest."

The six-plus-year process included enough negative feedback to make the best of musicians reconsider their dreams. Scholz recalls those days as being filled with "absolute, total rejection.

By Wendy Rhodes
Broward Palm Beach Times

Rock 'n' Roll is dead.

At least, that is what the mastermind behind what would become the biggest-selling debut album of all time was told in 1975.

And if Tom Scholz had listened to top music executives' assertions that disco had upended rock, we would live in a world without the band Boston -- without "More Than a Feeling," "Foreplay/Long Time," "Rock & Roll Band," "Don't Look Back," "Peace of Mind," "Smokin'" and "Amanda."

But Scholz persevered. The MIT grad painstakingly played 90 percent of the instruments on the hit album Boston, laying track upon track in his small basement studio while friend Brad Delp soulfully belted out lyrics.

Seven albums, 12 tours and 829 shows later, Boston is set to kick off its 40th Anniversary Tour at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood on April 29.

"When I started this, I didn't really expect people to remember Boston 40 days later, let alone 40 years later," Scholz says with a chuckle.

He has since engineered every song in one of three basement studios in his suburban Boston neighborhood. Despite the arduous process of composing, mixing, and producing, the joy of playing live makes it all worthwhile for Scholz.

"We have some fantastic new theatrical visuals ... new things that I'm working on which I will just describe as electrifying."