Boston guitarist-songwriter Tom Scholz recalls the creation of his band's enduring debut single
By Clark Collis
Forty years ago, the band Boston released its debut single, "More Than a Feeling." The song was a big hit, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard chart -- but that was just the start of the story. "More Than a Feeling" became an enduring radio staple, one which established Boston among the biggest rock acts in the country and which helped turn the band's eponymous debut album into a huge seller. This bittersweet tale about the power of music also helped define an entire genre of immaculately-produced, and performed, pop-rock.
Over the years, "More Than a Feeling" has been covered by an absurdly diverse collection of acts, from *NSYNC to Nirvana, whose own classic track "Smells Like Teen Spirit" bore a striking, and much-noted, similarity to the Boston tune. The song has also appeared on a host of films and TV shows, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Sopranos, and, most recently The Walking Dead.
If the idea of an unknown -- and deliberately anonymous -- band having such an impact with its first ever release is incredible, then the way the song was crafted is no less so. In a rare interview, Boston founder, guitarist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz recalls the crazy creation of "More Than a Feeling" in his own words below.
Three months after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision throwing out a lawsuit filed against the Boston Herald by rocker Tom Scholz and affirming a lower court's award of over $130,000 in costs in favor of the newspaper, Scholz has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.
In November 2015, the state's top court ruled, in a unanimous decision, that the paper's coverage of the suicide of former Boston lead singer Brad Delp was opinion protected under the First Amendment.
Scholz -- the leader of the band Boston -- sued the Herald in 2010 claiming that articles published by the Herald's Inside Track columnists in March 2007 implied that he was responsible for Delp's decision to take his life. The court ruled otherwise.
The U.S. Supreme Court denies the vast majority of petitions and leaves the decisions of the lower courts to stand. Each year, the court receives some 10,000 petitions, but only takes roughly 80 to 150 cases each term, creating a grant rate that typically hovers at around 1 percent.
By Jason Sylvestre
When opportunity knocked, Fran Cosmo answered.
In the early 1990s, Cosmo was approached by the rock band Boston to take over lead vocal duties from Brad Delp, who decided to focus on a solo project. Although filling Delp's shoes was a major challenge -- Boston sold 28 million albums with Delp as its frontman -- Cosmo decided to jump at the chance.
In 1994, Cosmo was featured as the sole lead vocalist on Boston's album Walk On. The disc, which was certified platinum for sales of one million copies, reached No. 7 on the Billboard charts and had one Top 10 single -- I Need Your Love, which peaked at No. 4.
Upon Delp's return to Boston for the tour to support Walk On -- he never missed a Boston tour until his death in 2007 -- the two men shared the lead vocal duties.
By Greg Ryan
Boston Business Journal
The Boston Herald won a court victory on Wednesday over Tom Scholz, the founder of the homegrown 1970s rock band Boston, who accused the newspaper of defaming him by implying he was the cause of lead singer Brad Delp's 2007 suicide.
Delp's ex-wife Micki, whose interview with the outlet formed a substantial chunk of Scholz's libel allegations, also beat Scholz's claims against her. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's ruling upheld victories in a lower court for both the Herald and Micki Delp.
Herald gossip columnists Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa wrote three articles after Delp's death that allegedly claimed Delp was driven to suicide by stress over the band and the long-standing rift between Scholz and the former members of Boston, known for hits such as "More Than A Feeling" and "Amanda." The columnists relied on Micki Delp and "unnamed insiders" in the pieces. One article was titled "Pal's snub made Delp do it: Boston rocker's ex-wife speaks," referring to Scholz's alleged decision to disinvite bandmate Fran Cosmo from a summer tour.
Scholz's lawsuit fails because reasonable readers would see the articles as opinions, not facts, the high court ruled.
The columnists' use of terms such as "may have" and "reportedly" signaled that they were speculating on the cause of Delp's death, according to the court. "The most extreme language appeared in the headline, which a reasonable reader would not expect to include nuanced phrasing," it said.
The very fact that the articles appeared in the "Inside Track" gossip column also points to the assertions being mere speculation, the court found.
An attorney who represented the Herald, Jeffrey Robbins of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, said the ruling marked a major First Amendment victory for media companies. "The Herald and its publishers, its editors and its journalists have been completely vindicated and, moreover, have a lot to be proud of today for their willingness to stand up not only for themselves, but for journalists across Massachusetts and the country," Robbins said.
By Ryan Christner
The Hutchinson News
Take it from Gary Pihl: "There's really something special about going to a concert."
For 30 years a guitarist for the ultra-successful rock 'n' roll band Boston, Pihl (pronounced "peel") knows a thing or two about the experience of attending a live musical performance.
Whether it's hearing the iconic songs of a group you love, the atmosphere of sharing the excitement with thousands of equally enthusiastic strangers, or the memories made while road tripping with friends or family to get to the show, concerts have a unique ability to stay with a person long after the music ends.
"I'm looking forward to that in Dodge City," Pihl said about his band's date at United Wireless Arena on Saturday when reached by phone last week at his hotel in the Bahamas, where Boston gave a series of performances for Carnival Cruise Lines. The Dodge City concert comes three weeks after the band appeared at Wichita's INTRUST Bank Arena and is the next-to-last show in Boston's 2015 tour.