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'More Than a Feeling': The making of a rock classic
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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.

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Scholz appeals to U.S. Supreme Court
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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.

 
Music is more than a feeling for Fran Cosmo
Thursday, February 04, 2016

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.

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Herald wins libel case over Boston frontman Brad Delp's suicide
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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.

 
Donald Thomas Scholz & another vs. Micki Delp / Donald Thomas Scholz vs. Boston Herald, Inc., & others [Decision]
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NOTICE: All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports. If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557- 1030; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SJC-11511
SJC-11621

DONALD THOMAS SCHOLZ & another1 vs. MICKI DELP.
DONALD THOMAS SCHOLZ vs. BOSTON HERALD, INC., & others.2

Suffolk. November 4, 2014. - November 25, 2015.

Present: Spina, Botsford, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.

Libel and Slander. Practice, Civil, Summary judgment, Costs.


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Gary Pihl of BOSTON: Looking Back...Moving Ahead
Thursday, October 01, 2015

By Michael Mckenna
Nor'easter Entertainment

It's not everyday that an opportunity comes along to interview a member of several legendary rock bands. I recently talked to Gary Pihl, the guitarist who has played with BOSTON for the past 30 years, who formerly played with Sammy Hagar and recorded demos for Night Ranger and the awesome list of legendary musicians he has shared the stage with, whose influences set him on the path that he follows today.

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Not "just another band outta" BOSTON
Thursday, October 01, 2015

By Michael Mckenna
Nor'easter Entertainment

We were packed like sardines in a sold-out house waiting for Rock n' Roll legends BOSTON to take the stage. The crowd reminded me of a convention of baby-boomers, the only thing missing were the long hairs and certain vapors from days gone by. It had been 40 years since I first heard those hard-driven guitars and 38 years since I last saw the band live at the Harrisburg Farm Show Arena, all this during the heyday of the disco era of the mid-70's.

The music we were about to hear emerged from Tom Sholtz's basement studio and proceeded to sell over 17 million copies and went multi-platinum without hitting number 1. The combination of bluesy infused rock, slamming guitars and pounding percussion took the genre by storm and left its mark that has lasted decades. This marked the beginning of "Corporate Rock" from the majors in the industry. Today, the music is known as Classic Rock and has many new fans of all ages as was proven at this show.

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Take a look ahead to Boston concert in Dodge City
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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.

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Concert review: Boston recaptures late-'70s glory at Mohegan
Friday, August 14, 2015

By Stephen Peterson
Sun Chronicle

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- It was the only New England concert for the group Boston on their current tour, so Thursday night's stop at Mohegan Sun Arena was in essence the hometown show.

And the sonic rock band from The Hub didn't disappoint, putting on a dazzling, two-hour performance. Rick Springfield was supposed to open but didn't, so Boston had the stage all to itself.

While the band is down to one original member, Tom Scholz, he is their founder, songwriter and producer, playing lead and rhythm guitar and keyboards, and providing backing vocals. And the rest of the band jelled smoothly with Scholz, showcasing the unique Boston techno sound.

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Fans of Boston will find 'Peace of Mind,' 'Amanda' and more at Mohegan Sun
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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."

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