by Jeb Wright
Classic Rock Revisited

BOSTON’S future never looked more bleak that it was on March 9, 2007 – the day vocalist Brad Delp took his own life. Now, a little over a year later events have come to pass that bring a renewed energy and spirit to the band. Tom Scholz has once again assembled a band that can carry out and carry on his musical vision. A genius musician, songwriter and engineer, Scholz has recruited new vocalist, Tommy DeCarlo, who was discovered under the most unlikely of circumstances and new guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet. The unknown DeCarlo, employed at Home Depot, contacted the band with a link to a website showing him singing BOSTON songs. Michael Sweet, a huge BOSTON fan, is also the front man for the band Stryper. The events that brought both men to the band seem to have been scripted by someone up above – that someone being Brad Delp.

In this interview, Scholz discusses the new line up, the death of Brad Delp, the making of the first album, the CBS court case and the albums Don’t Look Back and Third Stage in detail. Scholz is an intelligent man who tells it like it is. He has championed many charitable causes without much publicity. He prefers to make music, support his causes and live his life on his own terms as he figures he knows what is best. This interview proves he does indeed know what is best for both himself and his band. Read on to discover more about the man who created the band BOSTON.

Ted Drozdowski

Tom with guitarTom Scholz’s metamorphosis from rock and roll dreamer to living the rock and roll dream is legendary.

Toiling long and hard in his basement on funky used recording gear he’d stitched and bolted together, Scholz, primarily with the help of his friend and singer Brad Delp, crafted the Boston album during nights and weekends off from his engineering job at the Polaroid Corporation.

The lanky six-foot-six MIT grad had nearly gone broke after years of making tapes and having them rejected by record labels.

“I had enough money for one last demo and sent it off to 24 companies, then figured I’d sit back and wait for the rejection letters,” Scholz says today. “Lo and behold, three major labels were interested. I couldn’t believe it. Nobody knew who we were, so I wouldn’t even say we were struggling. It was groveling.”

Scholz signed with CBS Records, and when radio stations began playing “More Than A Feeling” and Boston was released on August 8, 1976, the album--which its breathtaking sonic architecture and hopelessly romantic lyrics--became the feel-good cure for a nation suffering the hangover of Vietnam and Watergate.

“Suddenly,” the Les Paul wielding frontman says, “we were ’70s superstars.”