By Geoff Edgers
Tom Scholz, mastermind of the rock band Boston, has lost his defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and its longtime Inside Track writers Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa. The lawsuit centered on the question of what caused Brad Delp, Boston's lead singer, to commit suicide in 2007. On Wednesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frances A. McIntyre ruled that it is ultimately impossible to know what caused Delp to kill himself.
Her decision ends three years of testimony that laid bare not only the complicated final months of the singer of such hits as "More Than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," but also the bitter band member squabbles that had lingered decades after the dissolution of the most successful version of the group. Scholz continues to record as Boston with various other musicians.
"Mr. Scholz respectfully disagrees with the trial court's decision and analysis," said his attorney Nicholas Carter. "He has just received the decision and will decide shortly about an appeal."
Herald attorney Jeffrey Robbins, in praising the ruling, said, "This is a very good day for the Boston Herald, but it's also a very good day for journalists and for the public whose vital interests are served by journalists."
After Delp's death, the Herald published a series of articles by Fee and Raposa quoting Delp's former wife, Micki Delp, along with unnamed sources. One Herald headline read: "Pal's snub made Delp do it: Boston rocker's ex-wife speaks." Fee and Raposa reported that Micki Delp said the singer was "upset over the lingering bad feelings from the ugly breakup of the band Boston over 20 years ago" and "driven to despair" by recent changes in the band.
By: Herald Staff
A Superior Court judge earlier today threw out Boston rocker Tom Scholz's defamation lawsuit against the Herald and two of its long-time columnists, Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa.
Scholz 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 Boston lead singer Brad Delp's decision to take his life.
Scholz alleged that the Herald had "fabricated" the statements that it attributed to Brad Delp's former wife Micki about Delp's suicide. However, Micki Delp confirmed under oath that the Herald had quoted her accurately, and that it had also accurately summarized her opinions both when Delp took his life and now. The Judge rejected Scholz's claim that the Herald fabricated statements made by Micki, holding that Scholz "has no reasonable expectation of … proving that Micki Delp did not make the statements that she says she made, and stands by."
By Eriq Gardner
The Hollywood Reporter
Rocker Tom Scholz attempts to reclaim rights to hits songs like "More than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," prompting a lawsuit from the band's former manager and publisher.
Over the years, insiders in the music industry have expressed more than a feeling that this would be the year where there would be court battles that might forever shape the business. That's because changes to copyright law that went into effect in 1978 dictated that authors of work could terminate copyright grants 35 years after publication. Many song artists have done the math and filed termination notices to reclaim their works.
Now comes the lawsuits.
The latest one involves the popular late-70s band, Boston, which exploded onto the rock scene in 1976 with an eponymous debut album that charted songs, "More than a Feeling," "Long Time" and "Peace of Mind." The band followed it up in 1978 with an album called Don't Look Back, whose title track became another big hit. But the band famously had incredible internal tension and fights with the record label and slowly faded from the limelight after selling more than 30 million albums.
By Don Jeffrey
A publisher of hit songs by the 1970s rock band Boston, including "More Than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," sued the group's leader and songwriter, Tom Scholz, to prevent the termination of his copyrights.
Paul Ahern, the plaintiff, said that Scholz assigned copyrights to the songs he wrote in a 1975 agreement. He claimed that in January Scholz said he planned to terminate those rights, according to a filing today in federal court in New York.
The threat to end the copyrights "casts a pall on the assets of the compositions, diminishes their value and complicates the ability of plaintiffs Next Decade and Ahern to commercially exploit them," his lawyers said in the complaint.
Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that BOSTON will receive the Legend Award at this year's fifth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremony that will take place at the Rock Junction in Coventry, R.I., on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Founded in 1976 by guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer and engineer Tom Scholz and the late Brad Delp, BOSTON is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Their best known songs include "More Than A Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Foreplay/Long Time," "Rock and Roll Band," "Smokin'," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda," among others.
BOSTON has released five studio albums and one compilation album, selling over 31 million copies in the United States. Their self-titled debut album has sold over 17 million copies and is one of the biggest selling albums of all time. The band toured the United States last summer and is expected to release a new studio album in the near future.