By Herald Staff
Boston Herald

Tom Scholz and parties close to him must produce documents that the Herald has subpoenaed to defend itself against a lawsuit the musician has filed against the newspaper, a judge has ordered.

Scholz, founder of the rock band Boston, is suing the Herald over three columns published shortly after the 2007 suicide of Boston lead singer Brad Delp.

Scholz claims the stories misquote Delp's ex-wife and blame him for causing Delp’s death. The Herald denies those charges.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge John C. Cratsley has rejected Scholz’s attempt to effectively shield most documents in the case.

He's also ordered Scholz to hand over full texts of e-mails between Scholz and key witnesses, including some that the Herald’s attorneys say appear to have been "whited out."

The e-mails cited by Herald attorneys include:

  • An exchange between Scholz and Brad Delp, written two months before Delp's death, about their relationship.
  • An exchange between former Boston band member Barry Goudreau and Scholz shortly after Delp's suicide. Goudreau, who is Delp's former brother-in-law, gave his views about potential reasons for Delp's depression, about Scholz's and Delp's relationship and about Scholz's relationships with former Boston members and their families.

by Mark Shanahan
Boston Globe

Three years after Brad Delp, the lead singer of the band Boston, committed suicide, his former bandmate is suing the Boston Herald for libel.

In a lawsuit filed March 10 in Suffolk County Superior Court, guitarist Tom Scholz claims Herald reporters Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa defamed him by writing that Delp’s ex-wife, Micki, blamed Scholz for the singer’s death.

According to the suit, Fee and Raposa, who write the tabloid’s Inside Track column, attributed statements to Micki Delp that were "false and fabricated." Scholz is being represented by attorney Howard Cooper, who successfully sued the Herald for libel in 2005.

"We have filed this complaint in an effort to correct the very substantial defamation by the Boston Herald and its reporters of Tom Scholz at the time when his former Boston bandmate took his own life," Cooper told the Globe today. "It is unfortunate that some chose that tragic occasion to sensationalize a false story about Mr. Scholz."

By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
From the Boston Herald

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Photo by Stuart Cahill

Boston mastermind Tom Scholz gives props to his late bandmate Brad Delp and dishes about the ol' days of rock 'n' roll during a two-hour phoner with "Lost 45s" jock Barry Scott that airs Sunday.

"Boy, was he talkative," said Barry, who had More Than A Feeling that he was going to devote his entire July 5 show on Oldies 103 to Tom's interview and Boston's playlist when he hung up from Scholz's call.

"But he was probably the most honest person I ever interviewed, and I've done 650 of these," he said.

Scott said after listening to Tom talk about Delp - Boston's former frontman who committed suicide in 2007 - he didn't think there was "any bad blood" between Tom and Brad.

"It was totally honest stuff that only a person could say who had best friends with him for 35 years," he said. "I think the rift was caused by other people. But I'm just the host. I let him talk and I didn't take a side."

In the interview teaser on Barry's lost45s.com Web site, Tom paid tribute to his old friend by saying Brad was "one of the best singers and probably one of the nicest people in rock 'n' roll history."

But it was the tease about lawsuits that fired up other members of the Boston family to contact Scott and give him an earful.

"I got royally screwed by everybody involved," Tom told Barry. "I made a lot of people rich with the work I had done."

Laughed Scott, "Oh, yes, I have heard from the wives."

Catch the full interview with Tom Scholz on "The Lost 45s with Barry Scott" on Oldies 103.3 Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight.


By Melinda Newman
Special to the Washington Post

A number of classic-rock bands are continuing to strike a chord with concert fans despite the absence of one seemingly crucial ingredient: the original lead singer.

Longtime rock warriors such as Journey, Boston and Foreigner are deploying next-generation vocalists whose greatest strength is their ability to gallop through the group's greatest hits with verve and excitement -- even if they had nothing to do with the tunes' creation.

"Music is so powerful to us that we want it to go on forever and ever," says Jerry Del Colliano, a professor at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. "Even if we have to patch it together, we will."

"The songs are the most important thing at this point," agrees Foreigner guitarist and founder Mick Jones, the band's only remaining original member. When it came time to replace Lou Gramm, the voice behind such 1970s and '80s megahits as "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Hot Blooded" and "Cold as Ice," Jones turned to former Hurricane frontman Kelly Hansen. Rather than try to be a Gramm sound-alike, "the key is that he's emotionally involved in the songs," Jones says. "If people really want to hang on to the original recording, that's fine, but if they want to hear these songs [performed] live, you have to present them in a way that they will feel."

By Christopher John Treacy
Boston Herald

In the wake of last year’s suicide of Brad Delp, beloved singer and co-founder of the band Boston, things looked bleak for the storied group, whose 1976 self-titled album remains rock’s best-selling debut ever with more than 17 million copies sold.

Last Aug. 19, musicians, fans and well-wishers gathered at the Bank of America Pavilion for what was understood to be Boston’s last performance, organized in Delp’s honor. Among them was Michael Sweet, longtime fan and leader of the Grammy-nominated Christian metal outfit, Stryper.

Now Boston, - including founder Tom Scholz, 61, is back on the road this summer, packing venues across the country including a hometown show at Mansfield’s Comcast Center on Sunday. Vocal duties are being split between Sweet and fellow newbie Tommy DeCarlo, a die-hard fan and Home Depot credit manager who hit the jackpot with his audition.

We caught up with Sweet recently, and got the lowdown on the tour.

Boston Globe

As it rocks its way across the country, the band Boston is meeting many high-profile athletes who're admirers. Thanks in part to road manager Dave Rahn, who used to be in the sports business, the band hooked up in San Jose with Hall of Fame QB Steve Young and in Denver with Colorado Avalanche coach Tony Granato. During a stop in St. Louis last week, Cards manager Tony La Russa took Tom Scholz and the band on a tour of the park. "It was an amazing night!" said singer Michael Sweet. Boston plays Manchester, N.H., on Saturday and at the Comcast Center on Sunday.

By ALAN SCULLEY
Post-Tribune

Fan demand played big role in prompting band's nationwide trek.

Boston's musical mastermind Tom Scholz figures he might have some sort of artistic defect when it comes to his feelings about his music.

"Some bands don't like playing their old, or their original songs," Scholz remarked in a recent phone interview. "I mean, some of these songs I wrote over 30 years ago. But I guess there's something wrong with me because I still like them."

That's good news for Boston fans, who can plan to hear many of the group's best-known songs live this summer. In fact, fan demand played a big role in prompting this summer's nationwide trek from Boston, a band that hasn't exactly been road warriors during much of its three-decade history.

By Eric Clark
The Gazette

MONTICELLO — A big part of Boston will be missing when the classic-rock group plays July 18 at the Great Jones County Fair.

Singer Brad Delp, whose sleek vocals helped make Boston one of the most popular bands of the '70s, committed suicide March 9, 2007, at age 55.

"As you can imagine, it's bittersweet touring without Brad," says guitarist Gary Pihl, who has been with Boston since 1985. "We love being back on the road, but we miss Brad, too."

Boston, known for hit songs like "Amanda," "Don't Look Back" and "More than a Feeling," hadn't toured in about four years at the time of Delp's death. However, Pihl says there never was talk of disbanding Boston for good.

"It never got to that point," says Pihl, calling from a tour stop in Phoenix. "It was such a sad event that we were all focused on the moment."

By Dan Craft
Pantagraph

Don't look back where Boston is concerned. If you do, you might get lost trying to keep tabs on the way things have twisted-and-turned over the course of the band's infamous 32-year history -- the latest chapter of which is about to play out on the stage of Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum (7 p.m. July 20).

One of the reasons it's an infamous history is that few bands that have lasted this long have produced fewer albums with more people involved along the way.

Boston recorded just three LPs over the course of its "classic" period, from 1976 to 1986. All of them, it should be noted, were multi-platinum sellers.

In the 22 years since, just three more recordings have followed, and one of those is a "Greatest Hits" package.

By Kevin W. Smith
Arizona Daiily Star

Boston smokin' with new singers

If you're wondering how the classic rock act Boston could tour this summer without its original lead singer, fear not.

The band has added two vocalists to replace Brad Delp, who took his life in March 2007.

One is Michael Sweet, the vocalist for '80s metal act Stryper.

The other is Tommy DeCarlo, a fan the band found on MySpace who is taking a break from his job at a Home Depot to tour.

Both performed as part of a Delp tribute concert that persuaded the band to take the act on the road for the first time since 2004.

Boston hits Casino del Sol's AVA Sunday night in a co-headlining jaunt with Styx.