The following is a message Tom Scholz has published on bandboston.com regarding the bombing in Boston, MA:
Friday night, April 19th, 2013
Tonight I'm going to bed a little prouder of the city of Boston, a little prouder to be an American. The amazing selflessness of responders at the Marathon attack, the outpouring of grief and support from an entire city - an entire country, followed by the relentless determination of thousands of professionals and citizens over the past five days that culminated in the removal of these two murderous cowards from our streets has renewed a spirit of hope after the horrible losses that have weighed on us all.
I like to think that adversity has made me pretty tough. I woke up on Tuesday with stoic resolve to forge ahead in spite of what had just happened the day before. But when I turned on the TV 24 hours after the bombings, and saw that picture of little Martin, I broke down. I'm thankful I was alone at that moment, I still can't think about it without tears.
I wonder if others have the same feeling, that all four of those who died were not just young, but were the kind of wonderful human beings who brought joy and light to those around them. These were the targets of the maniacs. These and the dozens of horribly injured innocent people whose only crime was to help celebrate someone's personal achievement at the Boston Marathon. The lives that will be forever altered number in the thousands.
People struggle to make sense of it, but of course there is no sense to be made. Whether psychotic savagery is inspired by religious fanaticism, or some other motivation really makes little difference; the needless loss and suffering that result are utterly without logic regardless of origin. I think it's this lack of an actual reason, even a perverse one, that makes the loss even more devastating.
In the news tonight reporters spoke of relief now that the second killer has been apprehended. For me it was not relief from fear that a madman was no longer on the loose, but from the uncertainty of whether justice would prevail, and how long it might take.
For those twisted individuals who think they have delivered a message to us, I say you have failed. Without reason there is no message, and we here in Boston are not afraid.
We may not be perfect, but this is one hell of a city, one hell of a country.
|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
|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.
(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.
The lawsuit Tom Scholz filed against the Boston Herald for defamation has been dismissed by a Superior Court judge.
Bloomberg has published an article regarding a lawsuit between Paul Ahern and BOSTON founder Tom Scholz.
Ahern, the former manager for BOSTON, is suing Scholz to prevent the termination of his copyrights that were assigned as part of a 1975 agreement. Scholz had indicated back in January that he intended to terminate those rights, which would end in 2015. The U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 gives Scholz the authority to do so.
Scholz's lawyer Craig Pinkus said to Bloomberg via email "Tom Scholz filed to reclaim his copyrights, as many artists have done recently." He also said that "The lawsuit from Mr. Ahern apparently seeks to resolve those rights in court. Mr. Scholz is confident in his legal position."
Ahern had previously sued Scholz in the nineties for breach of contract.
The New England publication Limelight Magazine had their fifth annual awards show on March 16, where they recognized various local artists in various categories. Our very own BOSTON was one of the winners!
The magazine solicited nominations via their website, and the overwhelming majority nominated BOSTON for the Legend Award.
Congratulations also go out to Lisa Guyer for winning the Unsung Hero Award. Lisa, in case you didn't know, has worked with former BOSTON guitarist Barry Goudreau.
You can check out Limelight Magazine to see the other award winners. Congratulations to all the winners this year.
BOSTON members Gary Pihl and Tom Scholz
(Photo by Katie Botelho, Limelight Magazine)
It's always interesting to see when another artist covers a Boston song. This time, it's the metal band Anthrax. They have recorded a cover of the classic track Smokin'. Anthrax will be releasing the song on their March 19 album Anthems, which will feature covers of various songs from bands such as Rush, AC/DC and Journey.
You don't have to wait to hear their cover of Smokin' as you can hear it on SoundCloud. For more info about the album, head on over to ultimateclassicrock.com.
|BOSTON singer Tommy DeCarlo has released a new single on iTunes.
The single, I Can't Wait 'Til Christmas Day, contains three tracks. The first one, I Can't Wait 'Til Christmas Day, was originally released on YouTube in 2009. The second song, I Miss You Christmas, was released last year on Tommy's website. The third one is a new track called Snow.
The single is available on iTunes for $2.97 US/CAN.
BOSTON bassist Kimberley Dahme has been injured in a skiing accident. This news has been reported on Kimberley's Facebook fan page.
From the status update:
Dear Members of this group: I have some very sad news to report. Kimberley has been in a very terrible skiing accident. She is back home and the long process of healing has begun. This is her current situation. Her right arm has 9 screws/bolts and 2 plates holding it together. Movement is very limited and she don't have control over it. She is partially paralyzed in that arm but has faith that this will resolve itself. She starts physical therapy tomorrow.
The post also mentions they will be collecting money to send her get well flowers, as well as to help Kimberley as she cannot work and has no medical insurance. They are working on getting a donate button set up.
Let's hope Kimberley makes a full recovery.
Update: A donation page has been set up. If you would like to help Kimberley, you can make a donation via PayPal.
With Christmas right around the corner, now is a good time for the new album by the December People. Their new album December People 3 is now available on iTunes and CD Baby. If you haven't heard of December People, it features BOSTON guitarist Gary Pihl along with Robert Berry (Gary's bandmate in Alliance), David Medd, Mike Vanderhule and Jack Foster. The band performs Christmas songs in the styles of different rock artists. This is the third album released by the band - and the second with Gary. The last album, Rattle & Humbug, was released in 2010.
The new album features ten tracks in the styling of bands like AC/DC, Tears for Fears, Billy Idol and The Beach Boys. The album also features an original song called Santa's Rockin' It Up.
01. White Christmas
02. Angels We Have Heard on High
03. Silent Night
04. Santa's Rockin' it Up
05. All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
06. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
07. Frosty the Snowman
08. Let it Snow
09. Winter Wonderland
10. Deck the Halls
The band is also doing some shows, which will be benefiting local food banks. Check out the December People website to see if they'll be stopping by your town.
The December People, which features BOSTON guitarist Gary Pihl, have a few shows coming up soon.
November 10: Monterey Bay, CA
December 05: State College, PA
December 07: Millville, NJ
The band will also be releasing a new album sometime in November, which will feature ten new songs.
Roger Carmody - who some may remember as the guy in the gas mask working to restore mold-damaged recordings of Brad Delp, has posted a recording from 1982 on SoundCloud. The song, Voice of the Man Who Loves You, was recorded as part of the "So Long Sessions" and features Brad on vocals.
BOSTON guitarist Gary Pihl has posted an update to the official site regarding the tour, which starts next week:
We're almost on our way ... we'll be packing up the trucks next week and some of the shows are sold out already! It's been great to hear that our friends and fans are looking forward to our summer shows as much as we are. Here's an update of how things are shaping up.
We were hoping to bring back the same band and crew that toured with us last time but, as you can imagine, it's tough to get the schedules to coincide for a dozen or so people on any given summer. Besides Tom and myself on guitars, Tommy DeCarlo will be on lead vocals, sounding better than ever - if that's possible! Curly Smith, our drummer from the '95 and '97 tours will be keeping us in time again. Hot bassist, Tracy Ferrie, will be a great addition to the low end. Tom and I performed with Tracy at the benefit for victims of the Station Night club fire a couple of years ago. The only really new guy that has never performed with us is David Victor, a terrific singer/guitarist. David walked into the first day of rehearsal singing great and he knew how to play all the rhythm and lead guitar parts of all the songs! We know you're going to like him as much as we do. Just to let you know, Kimberley Dahme is producing "Kids on Stage" in Nashville and Jeff Neal is taking some well-deserved time off to spend with his young family. We wish them well and hope to see them return to work with us in the future.
And speaking of returning, we've got almost the entire crew from the last tour. Bill Ryan is back as front of house sound engineer. Gregg Maltby will be on lights and our hard working on-stage crew is back; Buck Burbury, Eric Harris, Rick Pietila, and Alex Wray.
But you are the reason were hitting the road this year! There's nothing better than playing a summer concert and hearing all our friends and fans singing along to BOSTON songs!
See you soon,
The Brad Delp Foundation has released an announcement, which discusses the release of Brad's solo material, which was brought up last year in the Rock Hard Magazine article Brad Delp's Last Verse.
June 12 of this year marks what would have been my father's 61st birthday, and all of us at the Foundation have been working hard to come up with the perfect way to honor him this year. For starters, we're debuting the first incarnation of the new and improved Brad Delp Foundation website! We hope you enjoy the new pictures and videos, and stay tuned for even more fun new updates still to come in the weeks ahead!
Secondly, as many of you know, we have spent the past few years working on restoring my dad's catalogue of unreleased songs, with the aim of putting them together as an album to release to the public. This has been a MASSIVE undertaking! Many of my dad's master tapes were damaged in a flood that took out a good part of his basement. Thanks to the tireless efforts of his good friend Roger Carmody, who spent many months baking the mold off of the tapes (and getting sick in the process!), we've managed to salvage a great deal of these recordings and are finally now in the home stretch of this labor of love. The completed album will be a compilation of songs spanning from the early 70's through the 90's, in different genres, featuring dad alone and with his closest friends and colleagues. It is our goal with this project to let the public hear my dad as those of us closest to him have always known him. These songs are a glimpse of the man, apart from the band, doing what he was born to do in the purest possible form and I can't wait for you to hear it!
To that end, we've decided that the perfect way to celebrate dad's birthday this year is to give you a little sneak preview of what's to come! The song below is the raw and unmastered version of the upcoming album track “Alone” which my dad wrote back in 1973! It's the oldest recording we have, featuring my dad along with Roger Carmody and Tom Febonio. Listen carefully for the playful banter at the beginning between dad and Roger, and the tiny little “chirp” at the very end, which Roger tells me was actually dad doing his best impression of a parakeet! Classic Brad!
Check out the Brad Delp Foundation website to listen to the track Alone.
Kimberley Dahme has posted a message on her official site:
Summer is here and I'm thrilled. It's fun spending time with my kids and family. It's hard to believe, but my son is turning "16" this month. It's crazy how fast time flies. I'm so proud of him. Happy birthday Kenny!
As most of you know, BOSTON is getting ready to rock and roll you over. There is great line up starting out the summer. Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl, Tommy DeCarlo, Curly Smith, David Victor, and Tracy Ferrie.
Although I wont be touring right now, I'm looking forward to rejoining them again in the near future. Don't miss the chance to go out and see a BOSTON concert.
Currently, I'm preparing new original songs for downloads. Over the last few years I've written a number of songs and I'd like to share them with you. I'm also producing an All Star Band at Kids on Stage here in beautiful Tennessee. I'm taking my kids camping and zip lining. It's all good.
Keep checking in for more information.
Notice the band lineup listed. Drummer Jeff Neal is not joining the band this summer, but instead former member Curly Smith will be back. In addition, Tracy Ferrie from Stryper will be joining the band on bass.
The start of the tour is right around the corner. A total of 39 shows have been announced and tickets for almost all of them are on sale now (Solomons, MD is the last one, with the general sale beginning June 26). The tour will kick off with the first show on June 28 in Hollywood, Florida.
thirdstage.ca would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of BOSTON: David Victor. David's duties will include guitar and providing vocals, along with lead singer Tommy DeCarlo.
David is a veteran musician, having produced, financed and written his first commercial release Proof Through the Night in 1991. David has been involved with bands like Velocity and the BOSTON tribute band Smokin'. David is currently involved with Platinum Rockstars™ and Bostyx - a BOSTON and Styx tribute band. He has also released a 5-song album Strength Of Conviction, which includes a cover of BOSTON's "A Man I'll Never Be."
The addition of David brings the group back to six members since the announcement of the departure of Michael Sweet last August brought the group down to five members.
For more information on David, and to hear some of his work, check out his website at davidvictor.com.
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The BOSTON 2012 tour is shaping up. Here is a quick summary of the tickets currently on sale, as well as known upcoming on-sale dates. This post will be kept updated as things change, so check back often. You can also get a heads up on these updates by joining our Facebook page or Twitter feed.
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BOSTON Tickets on Sale Now:
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The official BOSTON site has been updated with a post from Tom, along with some tour dates. As previously posted, two dates had shown up already for BOSTON to play this summer in Belleville, Ontario and Valdosta, Georgia.
Just 10 months till the end ... at least till the end of the Mayan calendar anyway. I wonder, did they mean to prophesize the end of the world, or was the December 21st planetary alignment just a convenient place to stop chiseling stone tablets on a really long calendar project? Some people think it is the same thing, so why take a chance? If I was making a bucket list, it would definitely include going out one more time to play some BOSTON shows - before time runs out!
So just to be safe, we are going to do exactly that. I don't really think the world is going to end this year, but on the off chance the Mayans were on to something, let me take a moment to thank all of you for helping make the BOSTON experience an awesome ride. One of the best things about BOSTON to me is its fans; they are some of the nicest people I've ever met, and collectively the best crowds anyone could wish to play for.
I regret that we can't play as many shows as we would like, but we will do as much as we can in North America. Check out our tour page for the list of shows that have been confirmed so far, and if you can, come out to enjoy another night of BOSTON's music before the next great coronal mass ejection.
The tour dates are on the official site, they are also being kept up to date on the 2012 Tour Listings page, which will have info about the shows and venues. The band will also be giving fans access to presale tickets (where available). You can check out boston.tickets.musictoday.com to see if the show you plan on going to will be listed.
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Previously it was reported that a show had been announced for July in Belleville, Ontario. There have been no official announcements made of a tour as of yet, however another show date has shown up.
This show is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, GA. This, in addition to the Belleville show, looks like the beginning of a summer tour.
Tickets for this show will be first available to season pass holders as of Feb 13, while availability to the public will be available as of February 20 at 10:00 am. Tickets can be purchased by phone, online or at the park.
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While there's been no word yet of any tour for this summer, it looks like BOSTON will have at least one show.
According to the Belleville Intelligencer and Empire Square Live, BOSTON is scheduled to perform Friday, July 27, 2012 in Belleville, Ontario at Rockfest 2012. The show will also feature the Canadian group 54/40.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 14 @ 11:00am. Prices range from $59 general admission, to $79 VIP. To order, call 613-969-0099 (extension 1), online, or in person.
Update Jan 13: The Empire Theatre site has changed the listing for this show to say "New on sale date for friday night’s show Will be announced in early February." In addition, the ticket page has been changed. Any further updates will be posted here.
Update Jan 21: The Empire Theatre site has updated the listing to say "on sale date for Friday night's show is Saturday, February 11 @ 11:00am."
Update Feb 11: Tickets are now available at www.ticketbreak.com/event_details/4889
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For those that have been following the defamation lawsuit between Tom Scholz and the Boston Herald, there's been another setback, according to an article by the Boston Herald (no other sources available at time of writing this article).
Susan Stenger, one of Tom's lawyers, has been ordered to pay over $17,000 in attorney fees to the Herald for withholding over 19,000 pages of evidence, which a judge ordered Tom to produce in summer of 2010. It appears Tom did produce the documents, but the lawyer did not hand them over to the Herald's lawyers until October of this year. Discovery Master Thomas Maffei determined that the evidence was not intentionally withheld, saying "I find no basis to conclude that the late production of the nine boxes was intentional on Ms. Stenger's part, that she purposely violated a court order, or that she withheld the boxes because Mr. Scholz directed her to do so," Maffei wrote in his Dec. 23 order. "The failure was a mistake, plain and simple."
Full article: news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2011_1228rockers_lawyer_ordered_to_pay_herald_17g/
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You may recall back in 2009 Tommy DeCarlo recorded a Christmas song with The M Players, called I Can't Wait Till Christmas Day. Tommy has recorded another song, this one is called I Miss You Christmas. The song can be heard on the front page of Tommy's official site.
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The December People, which features BOSTON guitarist Gary Pihl, have a couple shows lined up in time for the holidays. If you haven't checked then out, they released their album Rattle & Humbug last year. You can listen to samples here. If you like it, you can get it on iTunes.
November 12, 2011
2:00pm and 8:00 pm
The December People will be performing at the World Theater. They will be partnering with The Hippo radio for a food drive to support the Food Banks of Monterey and San Benito counties and the SPCA. Five cans of people or dog food will get you a 30% discount on the ticket price. More info can be found at the World Theater site.
December 11, 2011
The December People will be performing a free concert in The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun. Make sure to get there early to get good seats!
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You may recall back in July, In The Studio aired an episode featuring interviews with Tom Scholz. At the end of the show, they teased a second part coming up "next month." Well it's been much more than a month, but In The Studio is finally airing another episode. This week's episode commemorates the 25th anniversary of Third Stage.
To get more information about the show, as well as where and when it airs in your area, go to inthestudio.net
Update: If you didn't get to listen to the show on the radio, it's now available in the audio section.
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Wild Blue Yonder Magazine has published a list of some of Tom Scholz's favorite places in Boston:
MIT grad and founder of the rock band BOSTON, Tom Scholz has lived in Beantown for three decades and lays out his favorite haunts.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market, is a great place to relax outdoors and watch the endless and entertaining parade of people and street performers (1 Faneuil Hall, 617-523-1300).
My wife and I love the Mediterranean food at Vlora where there are plenty of options for vegetarians (545 Boylston St, 617-638-9699).
Cafe Sol Azteca, just a short ride from downtown Boston, has a beautiful outdoor terrace and serves excellent guacamole, black bean soup and margaritas (75 Union St, Newton Ctr; 617-964-0920).
Farther out in Waltham, La Campania serves the finest gourmet Italian fare in a relaxed but elegant setting (504 Main St; 781-894-4280).
See a show at Symphony Hall. The acoustics are considered to be the best in the nation. The huge 4,800-pipe organ is incredible, and the grand decor will take you back in time (301 Massachusetts Ave, 617-266-1492).