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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The official BOSTON site has posted an update. Some of them have already been posted here, like the new Tom Scholz signature Gibson guitar and the Limelight Music Award, but they share some interesting updates regarding the new album...

The album is (almost) done!

Tom is wrapping up the latest and final song called Someday, which may end up being the title track for the album. Tom says that "This final song might be the title track for the new BOSTON studio album; it reminds me of the up tempo rockers I wrote for the debut album over 30 years ago." After this song is completed and some tweaks, remixing and mastering, the album should be completed and ready for release by mid-year 2013.

For those who have longed for a live BOSTON DVD, Tom plans to start working on that once the studio album is finished.

There's also a brief mention of a tour - next year. The site notes that "All of the band members are busy with their own projects. They all had a great time playing live last summer and are looking forward to going out again next year, monster gong and all."

You can check out the full post at bandboston.com

 
Return to Zero Available for Download
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Between the time Third Stage and Walk On were released, Brad Delp had left BOSTON to join Barry Goudreau in a new band Called RTZ. They released their first album, Return to Zero in 1991 on the Giant Records label. For many years, that album was out of print and could only be (legally) obtained by purchasing a used copy, or if you were lucky, some obscure music store had an unsold copy somewhere.

Recently, this album has been made available as a digital download. It is available on iTunes and at Amazon.com. The page at Amazon shows the release date as April 02, 2013.

If you're not familiar with RTZ, you can check out the RTZ section of this site.
 
You Can Now Own a Tom Scholz Gibson Les Paul
Monday, April 01, 2013


(image courtesy Gibson Facebook page)

Gibson Custom is proud to announce the sales launch of Collector's Choice™ #10, original serial #529263 (1968 Les Paul Goldtop).

If you've ever listened to the Music of the legendary rock band, BOSTON, then you've already heard the latest Collector's Choice Les Paul. In its own right, this example of a 1968 Goldtop (now with the top stripped off the original finish to expose its maple top) is an amazing instrument; a nice, "cheeky" neck, a flexible tone palate via Tom's preferred P-90 and DiMarzio Super Distortion pickup combination, and a patina that comes from a lifetime of extensive live and studio use. One of two in Tom Scholz's collection, this particular '68 Les Paul Goldtop Deluxe is the first "real" guitar Tom ever owned, acquired over 30 years ago and essential to his very unique sound and career.

As an accomplished sound Engineer, MIT graduate, inventor and holder of over thirty patents, Tom Scholz, not surprisingly, has modified the original. At Tom’s request, Gibson Custom has recreated it as he used it on the first BOSTON album, after the addition of the humbucking pickup in the bridge position and the removal of the original gold finish. The limited edition, Collector's Choice #10, represents the guitar whose tone turned heads when BOSTON first exploded on to the rock scene in 1976, with their inaugural album BOSTON. And of course, every curve, output measure, ding and scratch has been studied for accuracy by the Gibson Custom Shop, verified by Tom Scholz and brought to you in incredible detail.

After carefully examining the final prototype Tom had this to say: "The precision with which Gibson has replicated the physical properties of my original Les Paul is astounding. This guitar feels and plays exactly like my guitar, and the resemblance to the original is uncanny. But most impressive is that it actually sounds like my guitar!"

Available in a limited run of only 300 guitars Worldwide, each hand aged by the skilled craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop. The guitar has an MSRP of $9,409 and is available to purchase online.

 
Scholz v. Boston Herald Lawsuit Dismissed
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The lawsuit Tom Scholz filed against the Boston Herald for defamation has been dismissed by a Superior Court judge.

In 2010, Tom filed the suit against the Boston Herald, as well as two of their reporters, Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa for defamation in response to articles published shortly after Brad Delp's suicide in 2007, which included quotes from Brad's ex-wife Micki Delp. The quotes implied that Tom was to blame for Brad's death. The lawsuit asserted that at least two of the quotes were fabricated. as Micki had testified in another lawsuit that she didn't make at least two of the statements. According to the recent article by the Boston Herald regarding this issue, Micki has stated under oath that she was quoted accurately and that the Herald had accurately summarized her opinions.

Judge Frances A. McIntyre ruled that Scholz had "no reasonable expectation" of proving the statements in the articles were false and that the statements about Delp's suicide were non-actionable opinions. The judge also stated that "considering the context of the article…it would only be reasonably perceived as an opinion held by …persons with some familiarity with the situation. No other interpretation is reasonable."

It is not known at this time if Tom will appeal the decision.

 
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