On August 9, 1976, one of the greatest albums of ALL TIME was released. It was simply titled Boston. It was the album that started it all for Boston. 25 Years later, it still remains as one of the best selling debut albums in music history. Many of the songs on this album remain a staple to rock radio stations.

July 27th, The Monks will reunite to perform for a special benefit. What do The Monks have to do with Boston? Brad Delp was their lead singer. This band played nearly every weekend between 1965-69 in clubs, colleges and high schools in the New England Area.

The performance takes place at The Danversport yacht Club in Danvers, MA from 7pm-midnight. Proceeds support the Danvers group, "The Friends of Folly Hill-dedicated to land preservation in Danvers, MA.".

Also performing will be Wilder Road and Gary Santarella; who'll be doing an acoustical set. If you'd like more information or to get your hands on advance tickets, call Steve Prodanus at (978) 774-2386 or Flo Sagarino at (978) 774-7097.

(Thanks Becky!)

I just found out that Mr. and Mrs. Cosmo became proud parents to baby girl Giannah, who was born on June 9. All are home and doing well. Congrats to the Cosmo family for bringing another Boston fan to the world :)

Between June 13 to 26, classicrockdaily.com their feature artist is, yup you guessed it, Boston! They feature a classic rock band every week and have a contest where if you have the correct answer to their quiz, you''ll be entered in a draw to win prizes. For Boston, the entire Boston CD catalog is up for grabs (Boston, Don't Look Back, Third Stage, Walk On, and Greatest Hits), plus 4 other winners will receive a copy of Greatest Hits.

The link is http://rockdaily.com/rd_musicquiz/1,1515,WGRF,00.html

The contest is open to US residents only. Good luck.

June 12 marks the birthday of Boston vocalist Brad Delp. He turns the big 5-0 today. Happy birthday Brad and many more!

The June 8 Jam! Showbiz article talks with Artemis Records CEO Danny Goldberg (as youy may or may not know, Artemis is Boston's new record label). While there's not a whole lot of insight into the album, there are a couple of points Goldberg made:

"They are about three-quarters of the way done. We have six mixes in house, four more to go. The other four songs, the rough tracks are done,"

"I don't want to jinx it by saying when it is going to come out. But it is awfully close to being finished."

To read the entire article, just go here.

June 1, 2001 marks the 2nd anniversary of the official launch of Third Stage: A New World. This site has reached just under 30,000 hits within that time and has seen 3 different domains and many changes/additions.

I want to thank everybody who's supported me and this site, thanks to those who've passed on Boston tidbits (especially Becky Asbury, who has passed on more than a few!).

A special thanks goes to all past and present members of Boston. Without you, there would be no Boston, and this site wouldn't be here

It seems that as of late, there is more awareness of the fact that Boston is working on another album. From what I'm hearing, more radio stations are making mention of the new album. There was also a blurb at melodicrock.com, but if you read the posting above this one, you'll see it's been...changed.

Let's hope that Boston will get lots of promotion for this album (whenever Tom gets it done).

I paid a visit to melodicrock.com and was surprised to see that the blurb they had about the new Boston songs was replaced with the following statement regarding boston.org (posted under the May 19 section):

NOT A BOSTON UPDATE!:
Thanks go to the few tired and frustrated Boston fans that e-mailed me with news that the 2 preview tracks have been on the Boston site since mid last year. No thanks go to the Boston webmasters who are misleading fans and non-regular visitors to the site with the news page carrying the May 2001 date. I have attempted to contact the band and management to no avail. The tone of all the Boston e-mails sent to me were the same - very frustrated and despondent.

As of May 30th, boston.org posted a note clarifying the fact the songs are the same version played on Rockline.

Boston.org has released better quality versions of Someone and Turn It Off. They're both from the Rockline interview (Recorded January 13, 1999), so you won't hear anything different production-wise, but they're better than the 24Kbps 11KHz versions originally available (the new mp3 files are 128Kbps, 44.1KHz).

To download them, go to the boston.org What's New section.

I'd like to wish a very happy birthday to former Boston bass player David Sikes. Hope you're celebrating safely :)

(thanks Becky!)

If anyone out there was wondering if Tom and the band were still working on the album, the answer is YES!

In fact, Tom's been working through the weekends and having many sleepless nights trying to finish the album.

It is unknown as to the album title, song listings, or even when it'll be released, but he's still working hard on getting it done.

Tom very much appreciates all the fans, and knows how patiently everyone is waiting.

March 26th marks the 52nd birthday of Boston's original bass player Fran Sheehan. Hope Fran will be PARTYing on this day!

March 10/01 marks Tom Scholz's 54th birthday. Happy birthday Tom, I hope you enjoy your day!

No, Curly Smith did NOT leave the band, he is releasing his first SOLO album. It's titled Cool Blue Cosmic Gem. It'll be released Tuesday, Feb. 27/01. You can get more info (and an interview with Curly) at http://www.csmrecords.com

Something I stumbled upon at CDNOW; a CD with 5 songs by Asia and 5 songs by, you guessed it, BOSTON! The CD is titled Winning Combination. The expected release date is Tues. Feb. 27/01. Here is the track listing:

1. Heat Of The Moment - Asia
2. Countdown To Zero - Asia
3. Without You - Asia
4. The Heat Goes On - Asia
5. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes - Asia
6. We're Ready - Boston
7. I Need Your Love - Boston
8. Livin' For You - Boston
9. Amanda - Boston
10. We Can Make It - Boston

You can buy it by clicking HERE. By the way, it's only $5.97 at CDNOW!

January 31 marks the birthday of current Boston drummer Curly Smith. Happy birthday Curly!

(Thanks to Joe Screnock)

The March 2001 edition of GuitarOne magazine mentioned Boston in their article Where Are They Now?. Here's what they had to say:

"Boston's notorious perfectionist Tom Scholz has historically had a hard time squeezing songs and albums past his own Quality Control department. At last check, our favorite MIT grad was holed up in his Boston studio with guitarists Gary Pihl and David Sikes working on a new album."

Well, they got that about 1/2 right. Boston is in the studio, but David Sikes isn't in the band (hasn't been for quite a while). Also, David Sikes was the bass player, NOT guitarist.

I just wanted to address something that I've been asked quite frequently lately, "When will Boston be touring?". As of now, it is unknown, but I think once the album is out, there will very likely be a tour to promote it (if it's out this year, it would also mark the 25th aniversary of Boston).

(Thanks Becky!)

From Our Mr. Delp: "Well, we played a private party this evening (Friday) and my voice finally gave out, due to this cold/flu thing. Not as bad as the House of Blues Christmas gig, but bad just the same. I could tell it was only going to get worse so Muzz cancelled us for Point Breeze tomorrow. My apologies to one and all."

November 29th celebrates the birthday of former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau. Let's hope Barry has a great birthday!

November 23rd marks the birthday of former Boston drummer Doug Huffman. Party on Doug!

November 21st marks the birthday of Boston guitarist Gary Pihl. Have a safe and very happy birthday Gary!

(Thanks To Pattie Murphy for this!)

Boston Herald article Saturday November 18,2000

More Than A Session: Boston's in Studio
The new independent label Artemis Records added Bay State Supergroup Boston to it roster of acts last March, and a label spokesperson reports the band is currently in the studio and expected to have a new album out by summer or fall. The group still includes two original members, founder/guitarist Tom Scholz and vocalist Brad Delp.

Looks like the album is still a long time away

(Thanks to Becky for this!)

Well, I just learned that on November 3rd, Fran Cosmo got married. Congrats to Fran and his new wife, and may they have many happy years together!

(Thanks to Becky for this one too!)

WZLX's live music CD compilation WZLX: From the Vaults is available in New England music stores TODAY! The disc is composed of ten rare, unreleased live performances from your favorite classic rock artists. Proceeds benefit the Walden Woods Project and Franciscan Children's Hospital.

(thanks to Troy of the Boston.org office for the info)

A recent fax from WZLX sent to the Boston Office: "Our street date is November 7th, but we will begin playing a promotional copy on the air by October 17th." Other featured artists are Tom Petty, Allman Brothers, Don Henley, Aerosmith, Steve Miller, Jimmy Buffett, and Peter Frampton. All tracks are "live" and span the last 10 years (1991-2000).