By Gina Vivinetto
St. Petersburg Times

With new songs and new blood, these are exciting times for the classic band Boston.

Fans of classic rock band Boston know not to hold their breath between albums. Fronted by studio wizard, MIT graduate and notorious perfectionist Tom Scholz, Boston debuted in 1976 with its self-titled masterpiece featuring the monster hits - and staples of classic rock radio - More Than a Feeling, Peace of Mind and Long Time.

Most tracks on Boston were meticulously recorded by Scholz at home in his basement studio and merely gussied up by the group's record label, Epic, for their national release.

Two years later, Scholz was still working on the tapes of the band's followup, Don't Look Back. The label was fed up with waiting for Scholz to get the sound he wanted - stories abound of Scholz recording drum beats hundreds of times - and forced him to release the album. Fans were thrilled; Don't Look Back sold like hotcakes and produced more hits.

Scholz, on the other hand, was livid and vowed to never again release an album before he was ready.

Boston founder still does it the old-fashioned way

By Mark Voger
Asbury Park Press

Those catchy chords, those perfect harmonies, that soaring guitar. In 1976, you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing "More Than a Feeling" by Boston, newcomers whose self-titled first album became the fastest-selling rock debut up to that time.

It seemed to come from out of nowhere.

"Where it came from was out of my basement," says Boston founder Tom Scholz with a laugh.

"That's why it seemed like it was from nowhere; nobody knew what was going on down there."

By Gary Graff
Philadelphia Inquirer

"Let's face it; there are always changes in rock and roll since the last Boston album," Tom Scholz says. "I mean, there's been a new president for every album."

Scholz isn't kidding. In 19 years, his band has put out just four albums; Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton were the White House occupants. Madonna has put out more than twice as many albums in half that time.

Climates - musical and political - may have changed, but Boston hasn't. The sound on Walk On, which came out last June and was Boston's first album in seven years, is of a stylistic piece with the album's three predecessors. The production is dynamic and Teflon-clean. The guitar assault comes courtesy of Led Zeppelin, the melodic sensibility from the Beatles.

And there's a stadium-size drama - Boston plays the Waterfront Entertainment Centre on Friday - and bombast drawn from the music Scholz learned as a child.

In other words, the world of alternative and modern rock has made no impact whatsoever in the self-constructed home studio where Scholz crafts Boston hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time" and "Don't Look Back."

By Steve Morse
Boston Globe


BOSTON
At: the House of Blues, Monday night


Usually when the band Boston performs, it's a high-pressure gig in a packed-to-the-gills arena. Remember, this was the band that made its New York debut by playing three nights at Madison Square Garden in the late '70s. No other band has done that before or since. And Boston still holds the record for most Worcester Centrum shows in one engagement -- a whopping nine nights back in the late '80s.

So it was a treat to see the reconstituted Boston -- still with eternally boyish, sonic-guitar whiz Tom Scholz -- scaling down to the play the House of Blues last night. They had never played a club in town before (their local debut was Boston Garden), but they delivered the goods musically and played for a good cause. Before the two-hour benefit show was done, Scholz handed checks of $5,000 to Globe Santa and another $5,000 to Operation Christmas in Fall River.

The famously lush, vocal-heavy Boston sound was administered with note- perfect flair, almost as if you were listening to the records. Scholz is a notorious perfectionist (to the point of asking the House of Blues to rewire its sound for the occasion), but his fussiness paid dividends. The sound quality was downright spectacular -- and not too decibel-heavy, either, unlike the recent, ear-blasting Black Crowes show at the Paradise.

Band Founder Tom Scholz Puts Troubles Behind Him

By Steve Morse
Boston Globe

Boston is trying to salvage a lost year. Not the city, but the band. The band experienced a year from hell, fighting with its record label, fighting a former manager in court, scrapping a summer tour and watching in horror as a new album sold only 1 million copies. That's a dream figure for most bands, but was only 25 percent of what any of Boston's three previous discs had sold.

"One million sales is not a total embarrassment," says Boston producer/ guitarist Tom Scholz. "And it got extremely good reactions from the people who actually managed to find out there was an album released. It was a very well-kept secret."

Scholz has reason to fume -- he lost his battles with MCA Records, which did little to promote the album; and lost his court case with former manager Paul Ahern, who won a half-million dollars for alleged breach of contract. But Scholz is determined to be optimistic, so he's booked two shows at the House of Blues on Monday (a Globe Santa benefit) and Tuesday. They're Boston's first local shows since selling out the Worcester Centrum for a record nine nights in 1988.

By Steve Morse
Boston Globe

When it comes to rock 'n' roll philanthropy, there may be no greater believer than Tom Scholz of the band Boston. His group headlines an AIDS benefit tonight at Boston Garden -- the second part of the "AID & Comfort" series which began last night with a performance by Joan Rivers. Scholz has already given $1.5 million to help various social programs in the last two years, from supporting hospices to fighting for animal rights.

"I had a manager whose father died of AIDS," Scholz said recently from his home in Boston's western suburbs. "Right now, AIDS is the most obvious tragedy that needs our attention."

Scholz is upset that most other rock bands have avoided the AIDS issue. ''There are a lot of people who don't have the guts to get involved with it," he said. "It will probably stir up some adverse reaction in some circles of the public, but I can only guess why. Whatever it is, it's a poor excuse."

By Tenley Woodman
Boston Herald

Three years after the death of Brad Delp, lead singer of the band Boston, his daughter Jenna is racing to Mongolia in his memory.

The 29-year-old, with friends Nick Supple and Nick Dale, will drive a car fueled by waste vegetable oil more than 8,000 miles from London to Mongolia in a charity event, the annual Mongol Rally, which kicks off July 24.

The rally requires participants to raise $1,700 for Mercy Corps Mongolia, which aids rural residents of the remote Central Asian country. Delp’s team, the Non-Toxic Avengers, expects to raise additional funds to benefit a charity closer to her home and heart: the Brad Delp Foundation, which provides money and scholarships for school music programs.

August, 1977
Guitar Player

Surely, it would have made a great ad for the back pages of some fan magazine:

"Now you too can become a rock 'n' roll star in just your spare time. Record tomorrow's hit songs right in your own basement. Millions of records sold almost overnight."

A rock and roll fairy tale? Sure, but one that has come true for Tom Scholz, the lanky (he's well over six feet) guitarist and spiritual motivator of the rock group Boston. His band has sold over three million copies of their first LP, Boston [Epic, PE 34l88] constructed almost entirely from tapes recorded in Scholz' 4-and then 12-track basement studio. For massive popularity, Boston rivals such established stars as Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Wonder.

Equally out of character with the usually off-center lifestyle of a rock star on his way to the top is Scholz' background. It's not every hell-fire rock guitarist that graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and goes on to high-level work in Polaroid's research and development labs. Married and living in a Boston suburb, Scholz was, up until quite recently, a model white-collar, upper-middle class executive. But while his fellow execs would go off to play canasta with the neighbors, Scholz, who had always dreamed of stardom, would retire to his basement and doggedly work on his, studio and musical ideas.

December, 1976
By Anastasia Pantsios
Circus Magazine

Whoa! It all happened so fast for a group called Boston that it taught them off guard. But, a month after the album's Fall release, it had sold in excess of 200,000 copies and record company personnel were rhapsodizing optimistically about a gold album before Christmas.

All this, and nobody really knows who Boston is yet. Like the liner notes on the album say, they haven't been in any bands you've heard of. Guitarist Barry Goudreau, lead singer Brad Delp and the band's leader and chief songwriter Tom Scholz had been playing together for five years, strictly basement-style, working on their own music while working at other jobs, they quit those old jobs only last June when the band went out to Los Angeles to mix the album, an album which was largely recorded in Tom's home studio. Fran Sheehan, bassist and Sib Hashian, drummer, had been playing in other bands around the Boston area.

Then last year, the band hitched up with a couple of old friends, Paul Ahern and Charlie McKenzie. They were ex-Boston area, ex-promotion men who were looking for something really great to throw their weight behind.

By Mark Bialczak
Syracuse The Post-Standard

Back in the mid-'70s, Fran Cosmo used to be a Boston fan.

When songs like "More Than a Feeling" and "Long Time" were making rock fans take notice of the work of singer Brad Delp and guitarist/keyboardist Tom Scholz, Utica native Cosmo dug the new style of rock.

"I did like Boston," Cosmo says the other day from his hotel room in Branson, Mo. "I thought they had a really good, strong, fun, melodic sound. A different sound. Tom did a great job of producing that album."

Cosmo's still a big fan of Scholz and Delp.

The difference:When Boston comes to the New York State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Cosmo will be singing alongside Delp and Scholz.