It's been a long road and this site has seen many changes. When I first launched it, it was called "Third Stage: A New World" and was hosted on a free web host. The site moved to another free web host until I moved it to a real host and set it up with the domain name thirdstage.ca -- giving the site a permanent address and new identity. When I started this site, I had no idea that it would still be around 10 years later -- after all, it all started as a little project to see if I could create an entire website in 2 weeks (which I did).
Those who have known of this site for a long time may know that it hasn't been up for the whole 10 years; I had shut it down in 2003 when I just didn't have time to devote to it, until 2005 when I decided it was time to bring it back. So yes technically you could say that the site isn't 10 years old, but whatever!
The site has also seen a lot of design changes (most of which were between awful and not-so-awful) and structural changes, most notably the change to a content management system that launched June 01, 2007. This change involved a lot more work than you might think, considering I had decided to archive all news postings since 1999. There's also been a lot of growth in the content. I am most proud of the video section, which has over 50 BOSTON and BOSTON related clips.
Thanks to everyone who has supported this site over the years in all its incarnations, from passing along news to sending emails of support and especially thanks to those who have provided some financial support to help cover the cost of running this site. And of course thanks to present and past members of BOSTON for the music, which is the reason why this site is here in the first place.
I hope 10 years is just the beginning of this site.
The album can be purchased on Amazon and CD Baby as CD or MP3.
01. Can't a Girl Change Her Mind
02. Rock You Like a Baby
04. You Make Me Believe
05. Something We Do
06. No Question
07. Jet Lag City
08. The Only Man
09. Love Don't Leave Me Now
10. It Takes Two to Fall
11. With You
Kimberley's Official Site: www.kdsongs.com
BOSTON shows, myths, and truths
by Tom Scholz
In spite of recent misleading ads claiming BOSTON appearances and even reunions of original members, BOSTON is not touring or performing this year. While we're off this summer, several of our members are involved with other projects that are worth catching if you can:
Kimberley Dahme is releasing her new CD "You Make Me Believe" this month and has many solo appearances scheduled. Gary Pihl contributed writing, performing and production help to her effort, and Jeff Neal and I also did a little playing on the album. Gary will be joining Kimberley at several of her performances ... check out her tour page:
Michael Sweet is touring with Stryper this fall in support of Stryper's new album "Murder by Pride." The tour marks their 25th Anniversary. Gary Pihl and I hope to catch up with them to sit in at some point.
Also, Gary Pihl is compiling a series of good quality video clips from live shows soon to be available here on bandboston.com, watch for it!
We are hoping to embark on another major BOSTON tour next year. Meanwhile, I am finally back working to complete the next BOSTON studio album with some help from the gang, and I think you are really going to like it!
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).
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
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.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Website
(Thanks to Melissa for the info)
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.
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
09. Feelin' Satisfied
12. Rock & Roll Band
14. Man I'll Never Be, A
15. The Star Spangled Banner/4th of July Reprise