By: Russell Hall
Gibson.com

Boston's Tom Scholz has always followed a simple premise: if something works, don't change it. Since releasing Boston's classic debut album in 1976, the veteran guitarist has sometimes frustrated fans with his legendary perfectionism, but the long stretches between albums have always been worth the wait. Boston's latest LP--Life, Hope and Love--is no exception. Roiled in 2007 by the tragic death of vocalist Brad Delp, Scholz elected not to replace the singer, but instead took a "vocalist by committee" approach for the new disc. Just as important, Scholz's trademark guitar sound--rife with beautiful tone and soaring sustain--remains a thing of wonder.

"I have only two [electric guitars] and they're both old Les Paul gold tops," Scholz said, in 2002. "Somebody told me that these two guitars were made for only six months--during half of 1968--so there are very few in existence. The amazing thing is that I bought two of them, without knowing that the second one was also from 1968, from that six-month period. I just needed a second guitar before we went on the road, so I snatched it up."

By: Matt Wardlaw
Ultimate Classic Rock

It's been 11 years since Boston released their last album, 'Corporate America.' If you were starting to think that there wouldn't be another Boston album in your lifetime, you weren't alone. As Tom Scholz shared with us during an exclusive interview, there were times when he too wondered if he would be able be able to finish the album he had been working on over the past decade.

"There's always the question of whether I'm going to finish it," Scholz says. "I certainly had that concern this time. It's hard to think at all or let yourself think about the end result when you know you've got so far to go."

Scholz was able to find the finish line in the long run, and 'Life, Love & Hope,' the resulting album, will be in stores on Dec. 3 -- just in time for him to enjoy a break for the holidays. It's a pause in the action that he says is long overdue. "These recording projects are so intense that most of my life gets put on hold while they're going on," he says. "There's loads of things I'd love to be doing! Right now, I think I'd just like to have a vacation."

By: Matt Wardlaw
Ultimate Classic Rock

Ever since Boston announced the upcoming release of 'Life, Love & Hope' - their first new album since the tragic 2007 death of longtime lead singer Brad Delp -- it had been assumed the record would contain the last of his vocal contributions to the group. However, in an exclusive interview, band mastermind Tom Scholz says we may hear Delp's voice yet again in the future.

However, Scholz is quick to explain these recordings may not be traditional studio cuts. "There are other recordings… I'm not planning on releasing anything else that I have that I think he would be happy with as far as songs that I've written that he's on. [But] there are certainly live recordings that have things that we did onstage that aren't on any album and that is certainly a possibility for the future."

By Gary Graff
billboard.com

Tom Scholz talks to Billboard about the band's sixth studio album, which incorporates seven vocalists including Boston's late frontman Brad Delp

Tom Scholz says he didn't necessarily plan the 11-year gap between Boston albums, but anyone who knows anything about the group and Scholz's perfectionist ways since Boston's mega-selling 1976 debut should know that's the way he rolls.

"I probably would have kept going," Scholz -- who releases Boston's sixth album, "Life, Love & Hope," on Dec. 3 -- tells Billboard with a laugh. "But it was getting a little long. It was very, very hard work. All of these songs, they're basically done when I don't think I can express myself any better with the music for whatever I was trying to say. That might be because I'm so burnt on it that I don't think I can do any better or because I think it would be really dangerous to try to change it any more -- that I just might make it worse or lose something. So I stop when I don't think I can do any better, and it was the same with this album. I stopped when I thought it was as good as it's going to get."

By Caroline Roberts
bostonist

When much-loved Boston frontman Brad Delp committed suicide, he left behind an estate mess that his first wife, his ex-girlfriend, his fiancée, and adult children are trying to sort out.

In his will, Delp left his home in Atkinson, New Hampshire, to another ex-girlfriend, Patricia Komor. According to everyone who knows Delp, he hadn't seen Komor in 11 years.