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2008 Tour Merchandise Available Online
Saturday, February 14, 2009
If you missed the 2008 tour or want to get some more Boston merchandise, you can now get it online. There's a new online store where you can get t-shirts, hats, outerwear and other official merchandise, and for less than what it cost at the shows.
 
Boston Reference on Cracked
Saturday, January 31, 2009

While this isn't exactly what you call "news", as a reader of the humor site cracked.com, I was stoked to see Boston referenced in one of their articles "6 Inspiring Rags to Riches Stories (That Are Bulls***)".  If you scroll down to #4 (Jewel), you'll see that they reference Rock & Roll Band.

Click here to see the article (warning, language not suitable for all younger or sensitive readers; discretion is advised).

 
Some updates on bandboston.com
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The official Boston site has posted some updates on the front page.

Tom Scholz was recently interviewed for a PBS special "On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives", hosted by Sir George Martin, which is due to be broadcast in 2010. The documentary is an 8-hour special about the history of recorded music. The camera crew took many shots in Tom's studio Hideaway II.

Artist for The Simpsons gave each band member a BOSTONized Simpsons Cartoon with the following note:
To the members of Boston-

I grew up in Chelmsford, Mass, attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and landed the dream job of designing the Simpsons immediately following graduation in 1990. Boston has always by far been one of my favorite bands, and has literally helped me through 1000's of hours while sitting at the old drawing board over the years.

I had the privilege of meeting Brad Delp back in the spring of 2000 and many times after that through his band Beatlejuice. The last time I saw Brad, we discussed my doing a funny-cool Simpsons/Boston piece. He laughed and said, "Oh man, that'd be great - everybody in the band would love that." I hope you like it! It's the least I can do for all the great music over the years and I hope for many years to come! God bless you, your families and all your future endeavors!
Your Fan - Lance Wilder
and all the Boston Fans here on the Simpsons
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The site also mentions the release of the Greatest Hits Remaster, which has been previously reported here.

Also, as some are aware, Michael Sweet's wife Kyle has been battling ovarian cancer. I'm sure you will join me in wishing Kyle the strength to beat this cancer.
 
The Gift of Music
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Tommy DeCarlo, a Charlotte resident and new lead singer of the band "Boston," is donating five new Yamaha 61-key keyboards today to five students who are studying piano at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC. The students are in teacher Kristin Stonnell’s piano class. The students will have the opportunity to meet DeCarlo and thank him for his generous donation. The meeting will take place near the main office.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Website
(Thanks to Melissa for the info)
 
Greatest Hits Remaster Release Date
Saturday, December 27, 2008
ImageEarlier in the year, we heard that there would be a remaster of Greatest Hits, which has been remastered by Tom Scholz. The CD was supposed to be released during the summer to coincide with the summer tour. Well the tour has come and gone with no sight of the remastered album -- or any word of the release for that matter.  Well it looks like we may actually see the remaster released!

According to billboard.com, the Greatest Hits remaster is due to be released Tuesday, January 27, 2009.  The remaster will have some changes to the lineup, most notably Tell Me, which was a new track sung by David Sikes, is being replaced with I Had a Good Time, which was the lead-in to the 2003 release Corporate America. As well Livin' For You will be replaced with I Need Your Love. The CD also excludes the Kalodner Edit of Higher Power.

Track Listing:
01.    I Had A Good Time
02.    Higher Power 
03.    More Than A Feeling 
04.    Peace Of Mind 
05.    Don't Look Back 
06.    I Need Your Love 
07.    Cool The Engines 
08.    Party 
09.    Feelin' Satisfied 
10.    Foreplay/Longtime
11.    Amanda 
12.    Rock & Roll Band 
13.    Smokin' 
14.    Man I'll Never Be, A
15.    The Star Spangled Banner/4th of July Reprise
 
Top 100 Most Complete Guitarists Of All-Time
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Steve Black, host of The Chop Shop and The Chop Shop Classic, assembled a five member panel to rate and rank guitarists, resulting in The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitarists Of All-Time.  The list is a complete list, as each guitarist was ranked in the following categories: technical ability, soul and emotion, influence on the music and guitar industries, song writing, live experience, sales, signature sound and longevity.

Tom Scholz tied 41st place with Robby Krieger.  You can see the full list at Chop Shop Radio.
 
Come Together DVD Release
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Come Together DVDIt's been over a year since the Come Together tribute show for Brad was performed -- and recorded with a full multi-camera production. Many people wondered if the show would ever see the light of day, well it's finally being made available on DVD.

The August 19, 2007 show featured performances by a number of artists, including Godsmack, RTZ, Beatlejuice, Ernie and the Automatics and Boston. Also featured was a documentary created by Brad Delp's daugher Jenna. The show was recorded at the expense of Ernie Boch Jr, frontman of Ernie and the Automatics and auto magnate.

You can pre-order the show now, which will be released December 19, 2008 on the Ernie and the Automatics website. The cost is $25 USD with proceeds going to music charities.

Note that the Boston performance is not included on the DVD.
 
Tom Scholz on Rock 102
Monday, November 24, 2008

Tom Scholz was interviewed by Rock 102 (WAQY Springfield) as part of Mayflower Marathon 2008. The Mayflower Marathon is a 52-hour annual marathon to raise food donations for those in need for Thanksgiving; Tom also was kind enough to help out for this cause.

The interview is available through the Rock 102 website. as well as the audio section.

 
Boston to Appear on Madagascar 2 Soundtrack
Thursday, November 13, 2008
 The coolest critters to ever rock celluloid also have great taste in music.  Fans of the band BOSTON were excited to learn that their favorite rock band is also popular with those cool as cucumber Penguins: Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico.

Watch and listen carefully until you see those wacky penguins pop an 8-Track into the dashboard of their jeep.  Suddenly, the multi-platinum recording, “More Than A Feeling,” written and recorded by guitar wizard Tom Scholz for his band BOSTON fills the theater.

Scholz comments, "What a kick to have them to use my song in the movie!  Helping animals is my passion and I loved the original Madagascar movie. Now I get to watch the sequel with the penguins partying to my guitar licks! How cool is that!"      

Product Information:
Audio CD (November 4, 2008)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
Label: Interscope Records
ASIN: B001H3KMNO
www.bandboston.com
 
Tommy DeCarlo Interview
Friday, October 03, 2008
Last week, Tommy DeCarlo did an interview in studio with Sirius Nascar Radio Channel 128 in Concord North Carolina. You can hear the interview in the audio section.
 
Boston Debut Being Rereleased - In Vinyl
Sunday, July 20, 2008

ImageIn the modern age where CDs are being replaced by digital downloads like MP3 and AAC, you would think that vinyl is all but dead, but they just won't die! An example is the 1976 self-titled Boston album. It seems that it is being rereleased again -- in vinyl.

According to Acoustic Sounds (thanks to boston.org lister Drumdoc for the post), Legacy is rereleasing Boston in 180 gram vinyl on September 16, 2008. 180 gram vinyl records are considered to be of higher quality than standard vinyl records pressed.

The listing on Acoustic Sounds lists the record for $18.98. The site doesn't indicate whether or not the album is based on the remastered tracks Tom worked on for the 2006 CD remaster rerelease or if it's from the standard pressings.

 
Tommy DeCarlo on 'Inside Edition'
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The story of how Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo was discovered has been catching the attention of various media outlets. The latest story to feature Tommy was on Inside Edition, which aired July 16, 2008. If you missed it, you can see it here.

 
Stryper Cover of 'Peace of Mind' Now Available
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A while back, Michael Sweet's band Stryper recorded a cover of Boston's Peace of Mind -- in which Tom Scholz recorded with them. The song is now available for purchase at iTunes.  The song is currently being sold as a single.

And good news -- the song is being sold with NO DRM and with a bitrate of 256Kbps!

 
Auction On EBAY for the Brad Delp Foundation
Monday, June 23, 2008
Jacket for Brad Delp FoundationDaddy's Junky Music has put up an autographed jacket on eBay to support the Brad Delp Foundation.

The jacket was signed by 35 artists, including Brad's son John, after the Come Together show on August 19, 2007. The auction runs until Jul-03-08 12:37:43 PDT. The jacket will also come with a CD filled with photos of many of the artists who signed the jacket.  The jacket is Lee Brand, men's small. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Brad Delp Foundation.

You can check out the auction and place a bid (unfortunately the auction is open to US residents only).

The Brad Delp Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable entity, was created by his children Jenna and John Michael, family and friends for the purpose of carrying on Bradley's legacy of compassion, generosity, and kindness. Brad had an uncommon ability and desire to listen, understand, and care about people. The foundation seeks to honor Brad's memory by awarding music related grants, scholarships and funding for school music programs.
 
Tom Scholz on Off The Record
Friday, June 06, 2008
Tom Scholz will be appearing on Off the Record with Joe Benson this weekend. For more information on stations and times, go to unclejoe.com.
 
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