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Boston's Tom Scholz goes after fan website
Monday, February 16, 2009

By: Joe Bosso
Music Radar

Boston guitarist and mastermind Tom Scholz has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a man who has run not one but two fansites devoted to the band, asking him to remove defamatory statements made against him...or else.

"You have caused a multitude of defamatory statements to be published about the Scholzes on your website," Scholz's attorney Lawrence Green states in a letter to George Gouldsmith. "These statements have all been made falsely and maliciously and otherwise with reckless disregard to the truth.

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Feels Like the First Time, Sounds a Little Different
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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."
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Boston triumphs despite loss of Delp
Monday, August 04, 2008
By Christopher John Treacy
Boston Herald

It was a night of overcoming handicaps.

The big question about Boston’s summer tour is how the FM favorites would get by without late vocalist Brad Delp. And while there’s certainly no replacing him, it seems the current lineup is doing just fine.

Despite Sunday night’s gig at the Comcast Center in Mansfield being the group’s homecoming show, a rash of recent and soon-to-come big-name events in town stole some of the group’s thunder: Boston only nearly filled the covered portion of the venue, leaving the lawn barren.

But for those in attendance, it was time and money well-spent. True, a valid argument could be made that watching Boston perform now feels like seeing a cover band - but with founder Tom Scholz on board, this is as real as it’s going to get. Don’t like it? You don’t have to come. And the truth is, you’d be missing a fun show.

After an instrumental rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for openers, Scholz and company kicked into “I Had a Good Time” from 2002’s “Corporate America,” then dusted off the trusty “Peace of Mind.”
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From home improvement to rocking the house
Friday, August 01, 2008
By Sarah Rodman
Boston Globe

Tommy DeCarlo has traded in his orange Home Depot apron for the flashy duds of a rock star. Sunday night the former credit manager for a North Carolina outlet of the home-improvement chain will take the stage at the Comcast Center for his first local appearance as the official co-lead vocalist of the classic-rock band Boston. (He and former Stryper singer Michael Sweet appeared in the Hub with the band last year at a tribute to the late Brad Delp, former Boston frontman.)

DeCarlo was discovered when the wife of Boston's sonic mastermind, Tom Scholz, came across some homemade recordings DeCarlo put up on his MySpace page - with help from teenage daughter Talia - last spring as an homage to Delp. We chatted with the amiable DeCarlo from a tour stop in Toronto to see how life's been going since he hitched a ride with the multiplatinum rockers.
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Boston gets Sweet new start with Stryper singer
Thursday, July 31, 2008
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.
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Boston rolls on with Sweet on vocals
Thursday, July 31, 2008
By Jed Heneberry, Managing Editor
Boston Music Spotlight

It's been a difficult couple of years for Boston. Since the death of lead singer Brad Delp the band has suffered through band turmoil about who would officially carry on the band's name and songs, and now Tom Scholz is bringing the current formation to the Comcast Center for a homecoming show this Saturday night in hopes that the classic songs themselves can be agents of healing.

Along for the ride is Michael Sweet, lead singer of Stryper, who is sharing lead vocal duties for the tour with Tommy DeCarlo. "I pinch myself every night on stage," says Sweet. "I first heard Boston when I was 13 years old and they really did influence me musically to try and get a better guitar tone, to layer vocals. If you listen to some Stryper stuff you can totally hear the Boston influence."

Ironically, Stryper actually recorded a cover of "Peace of Mind" before Sweet ever knew he'd be singing with the band. His goal in singing with Boston is not to sound as much like Delp as he can, but rather to sound like himself, similar in some ways and different in others. "I'm thinking 'Brad Delp was such an amazing singer, a one of a kind singer, and I don't sound anything like Brad Delp'," Sweet says. "I was kind of nervous, but what happened is that I could sing the songs like Michael Sweet would sing the songs, and, thank God, Tom really appreciated that, and even more than that the fans have accepted it."
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Boston on the road
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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.
 
Poison, Boston rock Fest
Friday, July 18, 2008
By Rob Hanson
Leader-Telegram

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Michael Sweet, left, and Tommy DeCarlo of Boston brought their classic rock sound to Rock Fest Thursday. Staff photo by Dan Reiland
As if they were crusaders for 1980s arena rock, Boston and Poison cranked out timeless hits on foggy Thursday night at Rock Fest in Cadott, as part of a lineup that gets progressively more modern as the weekend rolls on.

Boston headlined the evening from what looked like the cockpit of the interstellar ship on the cover of their debut album, giving fans all the classics from an intriguing stage setup.

The 90-minute set opened with the patriotic "Star Spangled Banner" rock 'n'roll style, before heading into a slew of fan favorites, including "Rock N' Roll Band," "Piece of Mind" and "Cool The Engines."

Axemen Tom Scholz, Tommy DeCarlo and Michael Sweet brought home the magnificent, harmonized guitar tones that have symbolized Boston since day one.

DeCarlo respectfully played his roll as the rookie member of the band, filling in vocals for late singer Brad Delp.

The East Coast rockers carried on the hit parade with "Don't Look Back," "Amanda" and surprisingly early in the show, "More Than a Feeling."
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Boston plays oldies but goodies on summer tour
Friday, July 18, 2008
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.
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Take off with Boston
Thursday, July 17, 2008
By  Jeb Wright
Goldmine

Tom Scholz on the Boston album Third Stage:
Back in the '70s, the audiences were so stoned that they didn't know if we were playing or not. In '87, we had Third Stage, and that was much more difficult music. The entire band was on the album. We turned a corner for performing at that point.


On March 9, 2007, Boston vocalist Brad Delp sealed himself in his bathroom, lit two charcoal grills, pinned a note on himself that read "Mr. Brad Delp: I am a lonely soul," lay down on a pillow and inhaled a lethal amount of carbon monoxide.

Delp's suicide was a shock to family members, close friends, his band and the music world alike. What made the event so perplexing was that Delp had spent his career as a health-conscious vegetarian and promoted and donated to several charities. In music circles, he was known as one of the good guys. He was fan friendly and spent time after every Boston show signing autographs and taking pictures with his admirers. Delp was engaged to be married and was preparing for a tour with Boston at the time of his death.

Boston bandleader Tom Scholz, a friend of Delp's for more than 30 years, admits that while no one could predict Delp would end his life, the vocalist was suffering much emotional pain.

"No one saw it coming — I certainly didn't see it coming. Brad wasn't a happy camper. He had a tough life in a personal sense. He went through two divorces and he had a couple of engagements that never led to marriage. That part of his life was not very good."
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