By Jim Jerome
People Magazine

Like any mechanical engineer, Tom Scholz likes to putter around in his basement. So while the 29-year-old MIT graduate was working days as a $25,000-a-year product designer for Polaroid in Cambridge, Mass., he spent nights at home fiddling with a 12-track tape recorder. What he eventually came up with was rock's newest supergroup, Boston, possibly the biggest thing to happen to that name since cream pie.

The Boston LP that Scholz masterminded and then released with four musician friends last August has quantum-leaped to the fastest debut in rock history, selling an astonishing 2.7 million copies in six months. The two singles mined from the album, More Than a Feeling and Long Time, are smash hits. Though Boston had scarcely played together a year ago, they're now headlining a 50-date cross-country tour.

"It's nice it happened so fast," says Scholz. Not even he was ready for it. Before the group went on the road last fall, he was so uncertain about their future that he cautiously asked Polaroid for a leave of absence in order to retain his medical benefits. He has since quit, blowing $5,000 in severance pay. No matter. So far Boston's grateful Epic label has paid over an initial $300,000 royalty check, offered to renegotiate the group's contract and kicked in $25,000 as sweeteners for each of the bandsmen.

All this is happening to a whiz kid who once thought "heavy metal" meant Plutonium. Scholz grew up (to 6'5") in Toledo, the son of a prefab home designer. He played basketball and built contraptions like a radio-controlled plane with a four-foot wing span "that could beat the crap out of anyone's." But while other rock stars of the future were paying dues, Scholz paid tuition—earning a master's at MIT with a 4.8 in a 5.0 grade scale. It was a slide rule—not a slide guitar—that Scholz took to Polaroid, where he worked on a supersecret instant movie film system.

Though his R&D job was "rewarding," Scholz's real passion was developing "rock gadgets" in his duplex home in middle-class Watertown, Mass. Instead of buying a new house, Tom and his wife, Cindy, 29, a former horticulturist, fed $30,000 into his electronic gewgaws and demo tapes. "Can you imagine the cause for a divorce being a used 12-track tape recorder?" he jokes dryly. "But Cindy always went along with the whole crazy thing," Tom adds. "No one else took us seriously. Even the local clique of musicians in Boston looked down on me."

In the classic Tin Pan Alley cliché, Tom finally poured everything into one last effort. The resulting track Tom made with four friends (though he himself plays guitar, bass, organ, clarinet and percussion) has become the most famous Basement Tapes since Dylan's. Their music, which Scholz shamelessly says is a "direct descendant of at least 30 other groups," is a benign blend of overdubbed harmonies and swirling guitar duets. Tom modestly allows that the breakthrough was "dumb luck." Still, his cool, controlled lab-rat detachment from his heavy rock has led to cynical rumors (which he denies) that he programmed a computer full of hit melodies and wrote the LP cuts from the printout. Of the second LP in the works Scholz deadpans, "I'll just worry about the music and won't be disappointed if it only sells two million."

Tom and Cindy have recently moved into what he puts down as an "El Cheapo" home in the upwardly mobile Boston suburb of Wayland. He still drives an unheated Pinto and clearly looks more at home in his Harvard Square chic—frayed jeans, ski parka and "last year's sneakers"—than in the flashy getups he affects onstage. "I was always resigned to failing in this," Scholz philosophizes. "Like everything else in my life, I have had to work hard—and practice. Nothing comes naturally. This is my dream life—to have enough money to play rock'n'roll full-time."

By Jeff Miers
BuffaloNews.com

Perhaps the band is the epitome of what we call "classic rock." Or, more likely, Boston was simply a concept birthed in the mind of a visionary artist, one that just happened to catch on in a major way in the latter '70s, and we all accepted the pinning of the "classic rock" tag on a sound that was conceived without such pretensions.

Labels, in music as in the rest of life, often have very little to do with the art they are thrust upon, and more to do with after-the-fact marketing concerns.

On Tuesday, an enthused and sizeable crowd gathered to catch the 2012 incarnation of Boston in the live format. Following the death several years back of original vocalist Brad Delp - who along with mastermind Tom Scholz conceived and recorded the first Boston album, now one of the highest selling debut albums in rock history - Boston had a lot to prove.

By Dustin Schoof
The Express-Times

Boston is among the many classic rock bands who seem content on touring the festival circuit and playing their hits. The near-capacity crowd who showed up tonight to Musikfest didn't seem to mind -- or care.

The concert had all the trimmings of a Boston best-of collection; dropping the staples such as "Boston," "Rock & Roll Band" and "Smokin" all within the first 20 minutes. There were twin guitar solos, vocal harmonies and the occasional ballad. (the acoustically oriented "Amanda" in particular elicited many "aw's," which could be heard from those within earshot.)

That is not to diminish or take away from the musical talents of the group's members. Founding guitarist Tom Scholz proved he can still work a fretboard with the best of them, as he laid into the audience with several ripping solos throughout the night. Perched behind his kit, drummer Curly Smith steered the rhythm section with locomotive force.

By Dustin Schoof
The Express-Times

Boston lead singer and guitarist David Victor's enthusiasm for the band and their music is palpable, along with the reverence he has for those early years.

"I grew up with Boston's music and my sister Peggy brought home the Boston album, we played it all the time. Every song was or became a hit," says Victor, whose passion for the band ultimately landed him in the lead vocals spot at the age of 48.

"You don't expect your break when you're nearly 50, but that's how it happened for me," Victor says.

Formed in 1976, Boston will touch down Sunday on the Stands Steel Stage during Bethlehem's Musikfest celebration.

Part of a 40-city tour which began in June, the Musikfest stop is the first for Victor. "Every city we go to is a first for me," says Victor, a native of California. The band performed at Musikfest in 2008.

Victor was brought into the Boston fold about two years ago, thanks to posting his work, playing and singing classic Boston songs on YouTube. "Getting that call was pretty unbelievable," Victor says.

Hits the band maintains on its play list include "Don't Look Back," "Amanda," "Smokin'," "Rock and Roll Band," and "Foreplay/Longtime."

Heavy-on-the hits old fave will wrap up Musikfest

By Brad Patton
The Times Leader

As the 10-day Musikfest winds down Sunday in Bethlehem, one of the biggest bands of the 1970s will take the stage.

Boston, the band that sold 17 million copies of its self-titled debut from 1976 and went on to become a staple of classic-rock radio, will perform at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza at 8 p.m. Sunday as the 29th annual Musikfest comes to a close.

The band's architect (and only remaining original member) Tom Scholz first began writing songs while attending MIT in 1969 and started putting the band together the following year when he met vocalist Brad Delp. After a few years of demos on which Scholz played all the instruments except drums and various band names, Scholz and Delp were signed to a recording contract as Boston in 1976. They recruited three more musicians who could replicate Scholz's studio creations on stage, and soon the band released its first album.

Thanks to songs such as "More Than A Feeling," which hit No. 5 on the singles chart, "Long Time," "Peace of Mind," "Let Me Take You Home Tonight" and "Rock and Roll Band," the album was a huge success, eventually selling 17 million copies and becoming the second biggest-selling debut of all time (trailing only "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses).

By Scott Mervis
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It was tough for Tommy DeCarlo to leave his job at the Home Depot in Charlotte, N.C. -- he liked his co-workers and rather enjoyed helping people find hardware -- and he doesn't rule out going back to it at some point.

For the time being, though, he's the lead singer of Boston.

It's the first band he's ever been in.

In what is becoming a semi-familiar story, Mr. DeCarlo got the gig by posting a video on the Internet -- in this case it was Myspace -- that caught the attention of the band due to his vocal resemblance to the late singer Brad Delp.

Like most kids who came of age in the late '70s, Mr. DeCarlo, 47, was struck by Boston in the summer of '76 when the band released that momentous debut album, which perfectly packaged progressive rock with melodic pop.

"Back when I was around 12 or 13, a friend of mine bought the debut and lent it to me, and I never gave it back," Mr. DeCarlo says. "I fell in love with the music and especially Brad Delp's vocals."

By Martin Kielty
Classic Rock Magazine

Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo says he knows as much as the fans do about when Tom Scholz will release their next album.

But he insists it will be worth the wait.

DeCarlo has been with the band for four years, but took over the mic full-time last year following the departure of Michael Sweet.

He landed the job after writing a tribute song to classic-era frontman Brad Delp, who committed suicide in 2007.

Mainman Scholz has been working on the follow-up release to 2002's Corporate America for several years. In 2011 he said it was "85 percent complete" and rumours suggest it will see the light of day in 2013.

By Scott Tady
Beaver County Times

PITTSBURGH -- Each night he's on stage, Gary Pihl gets to play one of rock's most famous 12-string guitar intros.

Crowds go wild once they realize it's "More Than a Feeling."

"I'll start that riff, and after about five seconds everyone in the audience recognizes it and starts smiling," said Pihl, lead guitarist for classic-rock band Boston. "Pretty soon they'll be singing along with Tommy (DeCarlo), even singing louder than him and the rest of us. I get a lump in my throat when that happens. I love it. There's no better feeling."

That feeling will be experienced Friday when Boston performs outdoors at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.

Led by founding guitarist-keyboardist-lyricist Tom Scholz, the band will perform a greatest hits-filled show heavy on its eponymous self-titled debut, released 36 years ago this week. Spanning the 8-track, cassette tape, CD and now digital eras, that album sold more than 17 million copies and became the soundtrack to infinite basement parties, backyard cookouts and liberating road trips.

By Joe Dwinell
Boston Herald

An Appeals Court justice has backed a decision issued by Superior Court Judge John C. Cratsley ordering rocker Tom Scholz, the founder of the band Boston, to turn over more than 1,000 e-mails to and from his "business team."

Under that order, issued by Cratsley in January, Scholz was required to produce e-mails to and from his publicist, manager, wife and others whom he claimed were his "advisers" that he had withheld as "privileged" as part of his lawsuit against the Herald.

Cratsley is presiding over the case.

Scholz's legal team fought against the release of the e-mails — including appealing the decision to a single justice of the state Appeals Court.

Scholz's lawyers argued to the Appeals Court that the Herald "painfully" misunderstood the law and that their client could shield communications, including e-mails, sent or received by non-employees whom he characterized as part of his "business team."

However, state Appeals Court Justice Cynthia J. Cohen disagreed, ruling that "the judge committed no legal error or abuse of discretion in ruling that the privilege did not apply" and that the e-mails had to be turned over by Scholz to the Herald's lawyers.

Cohen ruled Wednesday that the requirements of the attorney-client privilege were not met by Scholz.

By Cindy Votruba
Marshall Independent

Tommy DeCarlo never saw himself as a frontman for a rock 'n' roll band, let alone for the legendary group Boston.

"It was never anything I really wanted," he said. "I pretty much shied away from that."

But the former Home Depot employee is performing lead vocals for the band's summer 2012 tour.

Known for such hits as "More Than A Feeling," "Amanda" and "Don't Look Back," Boston will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Decotah Exposition Center at Jackpot Junction in Morton. Doors open at 6 p.m.