Limelight Magazine

Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that BOSTON will receive the Legend Award at this year's fifth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremony that will take place at the Rock Junction in Coventry, R.I., on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Founded in 1976 by guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer and engineer Tom Scholz and the late Brad Delp, BOSTON is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Their best known songs include "More Than A Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Foreplay/Long Time," "Rock and Roll Band," "Smokin'," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda," among others.

BOSTON has released five studio albums and one compilation album, selling over 31 million copies in the United States. Their self-titled debut album has sold over 17 million copies and is one of the biggest selling albums of all time. The band toured the United States last summer and is expected to release a new studio album in the near future.

By Dick Trust
Boston Globe

The moment he heard Brad Delp's melodic ballad "Tuesday," Charlie Farren knew he wanted to record it.

Delp was the rock band Boston's lead vocalist who committed suicide on March 9, 2007. At 55, he left his fiancee, two adult children, and, among other works either not completed or not released, the unfinished song "Tuesday."

"Brad played 'Tuesday' for me one night about 10 years ago," Farren said from his home in North Chelmsford. "We were at radio station Rock 101 in Manchester (N.H.), judging a songwriting contest that DJ Lisa Garvey had among her listeners.

"When the contest was over, Brad said, 'Come to my car. I want to play a song I'm working on.' I immediately loved it because it reminded me of the Beatles' song 'Yesterday.'?" A veteran rocker from numerous bands of yesteryear, including the Joe Perry Project and Farrenheit in the 1980s, but now a solo act, Farren said, "I knew Brad had demo'd that song up a number of times, but he never felt it was finished or ready to release."

By Geoff Edgers
Boston Globe

Tom Scholz, mastermind of the rock band Boston, has lost his defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and its longtime Inside Track writers Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa. The lawsuit centered on the question of what caused Brad Delp, Boston's lead singer, to commit suicide in 2007. On Wednesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge ­Frances A. McIntyre ruled that it is ultimately impossible to know what caused Delp to kill himself.

Her decision ends three years of testimony that laid bare not only the complicated final months of the singer of such hits as "More Than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," but also the bitter band member squabbles that had lingered decades after the dissolution of the most successful version of the group. Scholz continues to record as Boston with various other musicians.

"Mr. Scholz respectfully disagrees with the trial court's decision and analysis," said his attorney Nicholas Carter. "He has just ­received the decision and will ­decide shortly about an appeal."

Herald attorney Jeffrey Robbins, in praising the ruling, said, "This is a very good day for the Boston ­Herald, but it's also a very good day for journalists and for the public whose vital interests are served by journalists."

After Delp's death, the Herald published a series of articles by Fee and Raposa quoting Delp's former wife, Micki Delp, along with unnamed sources. One Herald headline read: "Pal's snub made Delp do it: Boston rocker's ex-wife speaks." Fee and Raposa reported that Micki Delp said the singer was "upset over the lingering bad feelings from the ugly breakup of the band Boston over 20 years ago" and "driven to ­despair" by recent changes in the band.

By: Herald Staff
Boston Herald

A Superior Court judge earlier today threw out Boston rocker Tom Scholz's defamation lawsuit against the Herald and two of its long-time columnists, Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa.

Scholz 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 Boston lead singer Brad Delp's decision to take his life.

Scholz alleged that the Herald had "fabricated" the statements that it attributed to Brad Delp's former wife Micki about Delp's suicide. However, Micki Delp confirmed under oath that the Herald had quoted her accurately, and that it had also accurately summarized her opinions both when Delp took his life and now. The Judge rejected Scholz's claim that the Herald fabricated statements made by Micki, holding that Scholz "has no reasonable expectation of … proving that Micki Delp did not make the statements that she says she made, and stands by."

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Los Angeles Times

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Tom Scholz, leader of the rock group Boston, did not breach a contract with CBS Records when the group failed to deliver a record album, a federal jury has ruled.

Ending a seven-year court battle, the U.S. District Court jury also ruled Tuesday that CBS Records did not engage in a conspiracy against Scholz when it tried to stop other record companies from signing him.

CBS Records sued the entire band in 1983, charging it with failing to deliver the requisite number of albums under a 1976 contract. Charges against other band members were dismissed.

The band's first two albums, released in the 1970s, "Boston" and "Don't Look Back," went platinum.

CBS expected a third album by 1981. Despite promises by Scholz to CBS executives and rock magazines that the third album was imminent, no record was made. CBS suspended Scholz's royalties in 1983, then sued.

Lawyers for both sides said the jury apparently believed Scholz's argument that the delay in producing the third album was rooted in the creative process.

"I feel great," said Scholz, the group's founder. The jury "somehow picked up that I didn't care about the money."

By Travis Andersen
Boston Globe

A Suffolk Superior Court judge has dismissed parts of a defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald, ruling that the founder of the rock band Boston failed to show that the newspaper published malicious articles about the civil action that he brought against the company last year.

In a ruling yesterday, Judge John C. Cratsley wrote that band founder Tom Scholz "does not say, nor does [he] plead facts to infer, that the sole purpose of the 2010 articles was to defame him and not to inform the public."

An attorney for the Herald, Jeffrey Robbins of Boston, hailed the ruling last night in a phone interview.

"It's a very significant victory . . . for the public and the First Amendment, and for those whose job it is to inform the public [about] what is going on in government, including in the judicial branch" without fear of a retaliatory lawsuit, Robbins said.

By Eriq Gardner
The Hollywood Reporter

Rocker Tom Scholz attempts to reclaim rights to hits songs like "More than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," prompting a lawsuit from the band's former manager and publisher.

Over the years, insiders in the music industry have expressed more than a feeling that this would be the year where there would be court battles that might forever shape the business. That's because changes to copyright law that went into effect in 1978 dictated that authors of work could terminate copyright grants 35 years after publication. Many song artists have done the math and filed termination notices to reclaim their works.

Now comes the lawsuits.

The latest one involves the popular late-70s band, Boston, which exploded onto the rock scene in 1976 with an eponymous debut album that charted songs, "More than a Feeling," "Long Time" and "Peace of Mind." The band followed it up in 1978 with an album called Don't Look Back, whose title track became another big hit. But the band famously had incredible internal tension and fights with the record label and slowly faded from the limelight after selling more than 30 million albums.

By Don Jeffrey
Bloomberg Businessweek

A publisher of hit songs by the 1970s rock band Boston, including "More Than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," sued the group's leader and songwriter, Tom Scholz, to prevent the termination of his copyrights.

Paul Ahern, the plaintiff, said that Scholz assigned copyrights to the songs he wrote in a 1975 agreement. He claimed that in January Scholz said he planned to terminate those rights, according to a filing today in federal court in New York.

The threat to end the copyrights "casts a pall on the assets of the compositions, diminishes their value and complicates the ability of plaintiffs Next Decade and Ahern to commercially exploit them," his lawyers said in the complaint.

By Laura Collins-Hughes
Boston Globe

A courtroom feud between Tom Scholz, a founder of the band Boston, and Micki Delp, ex-wife of its late lead singer Brad Delp, may have come to an end with a judge's dismissal of Scholz's defamation claim against her. The Boston Herald, however, remains a target of Scholz's lawsuit.

A week after Brad Delp's March 2007 suicide, the Herald ran a story containing comments by Micki Delp, which, Scholz said, implicated him in the death. The story, by the Herald's Inside Track writers, was headlined, "Pal's snub made Delp do it: Boston rocker's ex-wife speaks.''

"According to Micki Delp," the story said, Brad Delp "was upset over the lingering bad feelings from the ugly breakup of the band Boston over 20 years ago'' and "was driven to despair after his longtime friend Fran Cosmo was dropped from a summer tour, the last straw in a dysfunctional professional life that ultimately led to the sensitive frontman's suicide, Delp's ex-wife said.''

Suffolk Superior Court Judge John C. Cratsley on Friday rejected the claim that Micki Delp had defamed Scholz.

By Ben Porter, Chris Connell and Connie Yoon
Wayland Student Press Network

Be honest. We all dream of rocking the stage in a sold out stadium. Unfortunately, most of us never perform in a venue more prestigious than the shower. Reaching the status of "famous rockstar" is a one-in-a-million chance, yet Gary Pihl has reached this legendary status as a member of the band Boston.

"My parents thought, 'he's not that good, he should do something else'," Pihl said.

Skeptical parents turned out to be a blessing for the young rocker. After being dragged to the local college, Pihl found he enjoyed the learning experience. Motivated to learn how to fix broken equipment, Pihl began taking eletronic classes. Pihl continued to sharpen his musical skills by practicing whenever possible and taking music classes. However, these classes focussed largely on classical music and were aimed at future music teachers, rather than future performers. College also offered Pihl the opportunity to perform at local clubs and bars.