Interview by Boston's David Victor
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rock band on stage July 1 in St. Augustine Amphitheatre

By Kara Pound

With hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace Of Mind," "Foreplay/Long Time," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda," Boston became one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s and ‘80s. Centered around guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist and producer Tom Scholz -- the only original member -- Boston's 1976 debut album is the second biggest-selling debut album of all-time in the U.S. with more than 17 million copies sold.

The band's current line-up is Gary Pihl (lead guitar), Tommy DeCarlo (vocals/percussion/keyboards), Tracy Ferrie (bass guitar), Curly Smith (drums) and brand new member David Victor (vocals/guitar). Compass caught up with Victor to chat about the upcoming tour and being discovered on YouTube.

Much more than a feeling
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Iconic arena rock band Boston plays the Amphitheatre on July 1

By Nick Mcgregor

No other rock band will ever begin life like Boston did, birthed in an MIT graduate's hand-built basement studio. No other band will ever sell 17 millions copies of its first album, or make their New York City debut at Madison Square Garden. No other band will, nearly 35 years later, still be able to draw gargantuan crowds based on the strength of only five records, all of which are adorned with silly sci-fi spaceships. And no other band will ever get everyone from prog-rock guitar nerds to drunk and rowdy bikers to suburban regular Joes head-banging, air-guitaring and singing along with epic, arena-ready hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind" and "Don't Look Back."

But for all the ensuing drama - founding member Tom Scholz's long-running legal disputes with disgruntled managers, a bevy of lawsuits from unhappy record labels, or lead singer Brad Delp's tragic suicide in 2007 - Boston's recent story is fit for a Lifetime miniseries. Before the tribute concert held in Delp's honor, longtime fan and regular guy Tommy DeCarlo sent a few karaoke tracks to Tom Scholz. Boston's mastermind liked what he heard, invited DeCarlo to join the band as its new lead vocalist, and the rest, as they say, is rock 'n' roll history - precisely the kind of history that will probably never be repeated again.

Boston returns to play Hard Rock
Monday, June 25, 2012

By Howard Cohen
The Miami Herald

Boston guitarist/keyboardist Gary Pihl remembers the first time he heard that distinctive, orchestral guitar sound the classic rock band pioneered.

"I was driving down the street, and More Than a Feeling came on and I'm sitting there at a stoplight listening to it," Pihl, 61, recalls. A car pulls up next to his. "It happened to be a guy I knew. My buddy jumped out and said, ‘Are you listening to this?' This is the greatest stuff ever."

Soon almost everyone would dig that first Boston album. More Than a Feeling, Long Time and Peace of Mind were the official Top 40 singles, but all eight songs on the record came to define classic rock radio and, at more than 17 million sold domestically, Boston remains one of the best selling debuts.

Founder Tom Scholz first crafted the group's soaring sound in a basement in his Boston home in the early 1970s after graduating from MIT, years before the 1976 release of his landmark Boston album.

Delp friend slams Globe coverage Scholz lawsuit
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

By Joe Dwinell
Boston Herald

A close friend of Boston lead singer Brad Delp is slamming a Boston Globe story covering band founder Tom Scholz's allegation that the reason that Delp took his life in March 2007 was because he was ashamed at having placed a hidden camera in her bedroom.

Meg Sullivan issued a statement that the Globe ignored evidence in court records that Delp had already told his fiancee about the incident, for which she had forgiven him, evidence that he was already actively planning to take his life before that incident, and the testimony of friends that Delp's mental state had been worn down just before his suicide by his fear of Scholz and his desire to get out of the band before an upcoming tour.

The Globe's Sunday story followed Herald reporting on the testimony of about 20 of Brad's closest friends during the pretrial phase of the defamation lawsuit that Scholz filed against the Herald. According to their testimony, Delp told them in the weeks before he took his life that Scholz was a "bully" who made Delp feel like "an abused dog," and that he desperately wanted to sever his relationship with Scholz but was afraid that if he did Scholz would sue him.

Globe questioned about bias issue
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

By Joe Dwinell
Boston Herald

The Boston Globe reporter who penned a Sunday story about rocker Tom Scholz's lawsuit against the Herald had previously gone on television and seemingly endorsed Scholz's claims in the civil action against the Globe's rival -- and admitted he was wrong to do so.

Scholz alleges that the Herald defamed him in articles published in March 2007 by purportedly "implying" that he was responsible for Boston lead singer Brad Delp's decision to take his life, a claim that the Herald denies. In February 2011, Globe reporter Geoff Edgers covered Scholz's earlier allegation that problems in Delp's relationship with his girlfriend in 2006, months before they reconciled and became engaged to be married, caused Delp to take his life the following year.

During a February 2011 television appearance to promote his article, Edgers seemed to endorse Scholz's claims against the Herald. "This guy is an extremely sensitive person," Edgers said about the rock star, who has been described by Rolling Stone as "a litigation machine." "I think he wants to be vindicated. I think he wants the public to know that he didn't cause this, that he's not to blame and I genuinely believe that he's hurt and in pain."

Singer's last days detailed in court papers
Sunday, May 27, 2012

By Geoff Edgers
Boston Globe

Brad Delp was her "best friend," someone she could turn to after a bad date, a breakup, or just a tough day. And for nearly 2½ years, Meg Sullivan also lived with the famed singer for the band Boston, staying in a spare bedroom at his house on Academy Avenue in Atkinson, N.H. By all accounts, the arrangement was platonic; Pamela Sullivan, Meg's older sister, was Delp's fiancee.

But the relationship between Delp and the Sullivan sisters took a dark turn on the morning of Feb. 28, 2007. That's when Meg Sullivan discovered a hidden camera that Delp had placed in her bedroom. She confronted Delp and fled to her boyfriend's place, marking the start of a personal crisis that appears to have dominated the last nine days of Delp's life. On March 9, Pamela Sullivan found Delp, 55, dead in his bathroom. The deeply depressed singer had killed himself by lighting two charcoal grills and letting the carbon monoxide overtake him.

These previously unreported revelations regarding Delp's relationship with Meg Sullivan have become a central piece of the now two-year-old defamation lawsuit filed by Boston founder Tom Scholz against the Boston Herald.

Delp friends open up in testimony about Delp-Scholz relationship
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

By Joe Dwinell
Boston Herald

When Fran Sheehan joined the rock band Boston in the 1970s, lead singer Brad Delp took him aside and confided that he feared what band founder Tom Scholz would do to the band members. "I have a feeling," Brad warned the young bass player, "that he's going to destroy us all and take us all down in the end."

According to testimony, which was summarized by Herald lawyers in court papers in the litigation filed by Tom Scholz against the Herald, what followed were several years in which Scholz "berated" and "belittled" the four other original band members almost nightly. According to the filings, Scholz screamed at Delp for not being able to hit the high notes and yelled at him on one occasion in front of the others: "If you ever, ever hit another high note like that, I will take that microphone from you and I will throw it in the crowd. They sing better than you do."

By 2006, Sheehan and two other original members, Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian, had been gone from the band for 20 years, and the only original members left were Scholz and Delp. Brad told his closest friends that he wanted badly to quit the band, but was afraid if he did, Scholz would "make life miserable for him."

Court documents spotlight singer's feelings about Scholz
Monday, May 14, 2012

By Joe Dwinell
Boston Herald

A distressed Brad Delp, lead singer of the rock band Boston, told his close friends that band leader Tom Scholz was a "bully" who made him feel like "an abused dog," and that Delp was trying to summon the courage to "stand up" to Scholz and quit the band in the months before he took his life, according to summaries of pretrial testimony recently made public.

Delp committed suicide in March 2007 at age 55 shortly after being informed by Scholz that the band was going to be touring that summer, and just before rehearsals for the tour were about to begin.

Scholz has sued the Herald, alleging that in its reporting on Delp's suicide in 2007, the Herald defamed him by implying that Scholz was responsible for Delp's decision to take his life. Scholz also claims that the Herald's articles caused him emotional distress. The Herald denies that it blamed Scholz for Delp's decision to commit suicide, and states that it accurately reported the opinions expressed to it by Delp's friends, family and acquaintances about the pressures that Delp said he was feeling near the end of his life.

According to the testimony of Delp's close friends and former bandmates, Delp told them in the months leading up to his suicide that he was "terrified" of being sued by Scholz and that he desperately wanted to quit Boston for good but was afraid that if he did Scholz, who had been involved in litigation with numerous people associated with the band, would sue him.

Court nixes rocker's effort to strike evidence
Monday, May 14, 2012

By Joe Dwinell
Boston Herald

Superior Court Judge Frances A. McIntyre has denied an emergency motion by rocker Tom Scholz, the founder of the band Boston, to strike the Herald's evidence in support of its recently served motion for summary judgment. The Herald had submitted a summary of pretrial testimony given by more than 20 witnesses that contained more than 500 facts, which Scholz argued was "oversized."

The judge ruled that since Scholz brought the lawsuit against the newspaper, and given the extent of the evidence in the case, Scholz was "ill-positioned" to complain about the amount of evidence submitted by the Herald.

Scholz is suing the Herald over three 2007 Inside Track columns that he claims imply he drove fellow band member Brad Delp to commit suicide in March 2007.

Scholz's lawyers had appeared in court May 4 without notice to ask the judge to strike the Herald's evidence without affording the Herald's lawyers the opportunity to be heard, which McIntyre refused to do.

At a hearing on Wednesday where all the parties were heard, Scholz's counsel, Nicholas B. Carter, argued that "this is a monstrously long statement of facts," and it is "unfair to litigants" to pore through so much information. The court disagreed and ruled that Scholz would be required to respond to the summary of evidence presented by the Herald.

Rocker's lawyer ordered to pay Herald $17G
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

By Gary J. Remal
Boston Herald

A court-appointed master has ordered a lawyer for Tom Scholz to pay more than $17,000 to the Herald in attorney's fees as a sanction against her for withholding almost 20,000 pages of evidence some 14 months after a judge had ordered the Boston rocker to produce them.

Scholz, the founder of the band Boston, is suing the paper over three 2007 Inside Track columns that he claims imply that he drove fellow band member Brad Delp to commit suicide in March 2007.

Discovery Master Thomas F. Maffei found that Susan E. Stenger, of the Boston law firm Burns & Levinson, and not Scholz, was responsible for failing to produce nine boxes containing some 19,000 documents ordered to be produced by Massachusetts Superior Court Judge John C. Cratsley in the summer of 2010, but not provided to the Herald's attorneys until this past October.

But Maffei found that Stenger was not engaging in any intentional misconduct.

"I find no basis to conclude that the late production of the nine boxes was intentional on Ms. Stenger's part, that she purposely violated a court order, or that she withheld the boxes because Mr. Scholz directed her to do so," Maffei wrote in his Dec. 23 order. "The failure was a mistake, plain and simple."

Stenger declined to comment.

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