Boston guitarist-songwriter Tom Scholz recalls the creation of his band's enduring debut single

By Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly

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.

Boston Herald

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
Regina Leader-Post

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.

By Linda Tuccio-Koonz
Connecticut Post

When Tommy DeCarlo was a teen, he was into sports and music. He especially enjoyed the band Boston, and always sang along when its songs came on the radio.

His vocal abilities and love for the band eventually helped lead him from working at a Home Depot to singing lead vocals for Boston -- a role he's filled since 2008.

DeCarlo, who also plays keyboard and percussion, will perform with the band at Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, Aug. 13. He said he doesn't think of himself as a rock star at all, but feels he is "among rock stars" and considers himself "very fortunate."

By Tom Lounges
nwitimes.com

Summer is here, which means Hammond is ready for the 12th annual Festival of the Lakes. More than 50,000 people participated in the activities highlighting Hammond's three lakes in 2014 according to Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott's office.

"This year promises to surpass last year, providing our great community another five days of summer fun," said Mayor McDermott in a press statement.

Music will fill the night air over the waters of Wolf Lake, as McDermott and The Hammond Parks & Recreation Department gift local music fans with five days of top name talent all free of charge at The Pavilion Stage of Wolf Lake Memorial Park.

Tommy DeCarlo launches rock and roll career from the tool corral

By Patrick Henderson
San Diego Reader

Tommy DeCarlo is not a believer in transferable skills.

At least, he doesn't think the skills he learned working at a Home Depot in Charlotte, North Carolina, have carried over to his current gig -- lead singer of Boston.

"Honestly, I don't think anything at Home Depot helped prepare me for this," DeCarlo, 50, tells the Reader.

Boston will be playing at Humphreys Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28. This is the eighth year in the group for DeCarlo, who first performed with Boston in 2007, after the band's lead singer, Bradley Delp, committed suicide.

By Kathy Cichon
Elgin Courier-News

As a teenager in a California high school band during the 1960s, Gary Pihl took the advice of a fellow student and guitar player. The friend had heard about an older guy who was giving guitar lessons in the next town over.

"He said he was so good, we should all take lessons from this guy," Pihl said.

At age 15, he was too young to drive, so his mother drove him to the lessons.

"He was really good, and he taught us some stuff. And he was in a band called The Warlocks at the time," Pihl said. "In fact, we went to see them play -- they played in a pizza parlor -- they were excellent.

By Marijke Rowland
The Modesto Bee

Even after almost 40 years, the way to get ready for a big national tour is still the same for the members of Boston.

"Like the old cliché goes: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You practice," longtime Boston guitarist and backing vocalist Gary Pihl said in a recent phone interview. "We've got six people on the road this year. And we practice to get ready."

Pihl will be on the road with Boston founding members Tom Scholz and the rest of the group as they play more than 50 shows in North America this summer. The band stops at the Ironstone Amphitheatre on July 25 for a double-bill with fellow classic rockers REO Speedwagon.

Founded in 1976, Boston broke out big with hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind" and "Don't Look Back." The band charted through the 1970s and '80s and has kept an active arena touring schedule over the decades. Their sound has become as legendary as their spaceship logo which is emblazoned on albums and other imagery.