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Boston Performance at Doug Flutie Tribute (Press Release)
Saturday, October 28, 2006

BAND BOSTON TO PERFORM WITH KEITH LOCKHART AND BOSTON POPS
City of boston PAYs TRIBUTE TO HOMETOWN HERO, DOUG FLUTIE

2006 Red, White & Blue Award Concert, Sponsored by American Express and Delta Air Lines, to Benefit Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

BOSTON (October 17, 2006) – American Express, Delta Air Lines and the city of Boston today named renowned athlete and philanthropist, Doug Flutie, the 2006 recipient of the Red, White & Blue Award for his unyielding support of the Boston community. The prestigious award, given to Bruce Springsteen and Oscar Robertson in past years, will be presented to Doug Flutie at a benefit concert featuring Keith Lockhart, the legendary band Boston and many other special guests.

The Award concert will also serve as a retirement celebration for Flutie and will take place at Symphony Hall on November 13th, which has been designated "Doug Flutie Day" by the city of Boston. Concert tickets go on sale today, with proceeds going to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism to help the Foundation further improve the lives of those touched by autism.

Boston, who have not performed on stage for two years feel honored to join this important event. Boston founder and guitarist Tom Scholz says, "At a time when so many people in the spotlight are a glaring disappointment, Doug Flutie is a breath of fresh air, and a reminder that that there are still real heroes in the world you can look up to."

The band Boston, are celebrating 30 years since the release of their first album with the release of their record breaking, 1976 first album that sold 17 million copies Boston and their second album, Don’t Look Back, which has be re-mastered by Tom Scholz. The Sony/Legacy BMG CDs have been repackaged in a limited edition collector’s CD with beautiful full color art and photography and new liner notes by Rolling Stone writer David Wild.

BOSTON was a full-blown once-in-a-lifetime event, in the right place at the right time as an alternative to the disco and nascent punk-rock movements of 1976. Certified RIAA gold one month after its appearance on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and platinum one month later, it spent a solid two and a half years (132 weeks) on the list. Three memorable singles were spun off: “More Than A Feeling” (which reached #5 on the Hot 100), “Long Time” (#22), and “Peace Of Mind” (#38).

The band performing on November 13, 2006 will be Tom Scholz, original singer Brad Delp, guitarist Gary Pihl, Bass-vocals Kimberley Dahme and Jeff Neal on drums.

 

“At the core of the American Express brand lies a deep commitment to community, so it is only fitting that we recognize a man who has never wavered in his commitment to his own hometown,” said Lisa Gregg, vice president, Marketing, American Express Establishment Services. “In all that he does in raising awareness and support for families with autism, Doug Flutie has been an incredibly positive influence, both regionally and nationally.”

Doug Flutie, who recently retired his 21-year career as a football player, has long been recognized in the Boston area for his contributions on and off the field. Known for achievements that serve as bookends to a highly successful college and professional football career – from the famous “Hail Mary” pass during his Heisman Trophy-winning career at Boston College to his remarkable conversion of the first dropkick in 60 years for the Patriots in 2005 – Flutie has inspired thousands of Boston-area kids to defeat the odds and pursue their dreams.

His work off the field has made an even greater impact on communities both in Boston and around the country. Teamed with his wife, Laurie, the Fluties established the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation in honor of their son, Doug, Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Since 1998, they have helped raise over eight million dollars for autism.

American Express has joined forces with Delta Air Lines, another company that prides itself on serving the communities where they live and work, to bring the 2006 Red, White and Blue Award to Boston. “Doug Flutie truly exemplifies what it means to be a leader in all aspects—on the field, in his hometown and as a humanitarian,” said Jeff Robertson, Managing Director, SkyMiles® Program, Delta Air Lines. “We’re proud to sponsor a program that honors an individual who defines what it means to give back.”

The Red, White & Blue Award Benefit Concert
The Red, White & Blue Award is an ongoing program that honors local heroes and gives communities the chance to say "thank you" to those homegrown musicians, artists, athletes and dignitaries who never forgot their roots. The accompanying concert event enables renowned artists and celebrities to pay tribute to the honoree while raising funds for a local charity of the honorees’ choice.

Presented to Bruce Springsteen in 2004 and Oscar (“The Big O”) Robertson in 2005, the Red, White & Blue Award will be presented to Flutie at a special ceremony at Symphony Hall on November 13, 2006. The ceremony will include a benefit concert, featuring performances from Boston’s own Keith Lockhart, the band Boston featuring founding members Tom Scholz and Brad Delp, as well as other special guests.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Office and by phone at (888) 266-1200 for $55, $85 and $150. American Express® Cardmembers are eligible to receive a 15% discount on tickets when purchasing with an American Express Card. Proceeds benefit the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

For more information on the Red, White & Blue Award, log on to
http://www.mylifemycard.com/bostonredwhiteandblue/.

About the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established by Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. The Foundation's mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism. www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org

About American Express
Establishment Services is the merchant network of American Express, which acquires and maintains relationships with millions of merchants around the globe, which welcome American Express-branded Cards. American Express Company is a leading global payments, network, travel and banking company founded in 1850.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is the world’s second-largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offering daily flights to 502 destinations in 88 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. Delta's marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem frequent flier miles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at www.delta.com.

About EPOP International
EPOP International is comprised of a dedicated team of media-production professionals who harness the talents of renowned artists, celebrities and dignitaries by leveraging their extensive industry contacts and their own creative experience to craft unique events that raise funds and awareness for some of the most significant causes of our time. Anomaly (www.anomalynyc.com) assists EPOP with all branding, communications and marketing. Anomaly is comprised of a proven group of executives with broad experience that spans brand and business strategy, advertising, design, media-strategy, innovation, content, mobile media & technology, naming & corporate id, and client-side management. EPOP is the creator and producer of the Red, White & Blue Award. For more information go to www.epopinternational.com.

 
Doug Flutie Tribute Setlist
Saturday, October 28, 2006

Komit from the Gonna Hitch a Ride forum has posted the setlist for the upcoming Doug Flutie tribute show:

Star Spangled Banner
Rock and Roll Band
Peace of Mind
Longtime Segue
I Think I Like It
More Than a Feeling
A New World
To Be a Man
Foreplay/Longtime

There is also going to be an encore, where Doug Flutie will be invited to drum for the encore for the song of his choice, and if he accepts, he'll chose the song, either Don't Look Back, Party or Smokin'.

Source: Gonna Hitch a Ride

 
Barry Goudreau Rumor Cleared Up
Thursday, October 26, 2006

The news of Tom Scholz and Barry Goudreau being back in touch after almost 30 years has sparked a lot of excitement from Boston fans. Naturally, this has caused some to jump to conclusions about Tom and Barry's relationship, particularly the idea that Barry is back with Boston.

A visitor of this site forwarded me an email they received from Barry Goudreau. They asked Barry whether or not he has rejoined Boston; here's what Barry had to say:

Unfortunately rumors of me rejoining Boston are unfounded, as I have not been asked to be involved. Barry

So there you have it, Barry has not rejoined Boston. Of course we can still hope...

 
Current Band Lineup
Monday, October 23, 2006

There has been some speculation among the Boston fan community for quite some time now about the status of the band's lineup - specifically the roles of Fran and Anthony Cosmo.

Komit, a member of the Gonna Hitch a Ride forum, who is close source to Tom, has posted that Fran and Anthony are no longer in the band. While there are no details surrounding the departure of the Cosmos (their band Cosmo is about to release their first album in December). It was noted in the discussion that Tom wanted to take Boston back to a five-piece band.

So that leaves the following lineup:
Tom Scholz - Lead Guitar, Keyboard, Organ, etc
Brad Delp - Vocals/Guitar
Gary Pihl - Guitar
Kimberley Dahme - Vocals/Bass
Jeff Neal - Drums

 

Source: Gonna Hitch a Ride

 
Brad Delp in Motorcycle Accident
Friday, October 13, 2006

Boston vocalist Brad Delp was involved in a motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon. He was not hospitalized, but was banged up somewhat. Brad was to perform with his Beatles tribute band Beatle Juice this weekend, but the shows for this Friday and Saturday at a benefit show scheduled in Marblehead, NH and a show at the Rochester Opera House have been cancelled. I'm sure you will all join me in wishing Brad a speedy recovery.

The following was published in the Portsmouth Herald and posted on the Gonna Hitch a Ride forum:

Beatle Juice, New England’s Beatles tribute band, has postponed the concert scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14 the Rochester Opera House because of injuries sustained by lead singer Brad Delp. Delp is also the lead singer for the band BOSTON.

John Muzzy, the spokesman for Beatle Juice released the following statement on Wednesday:

"Brad was in a motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon. He was coming over a hill and his brakes failed to stop him from going into a suddenly stopped car and to subsequently flip over the car.

"The motorcycle ended up on his left leg and he sustained some injuries including many stitches and splinting of his left hand, loss of nail on his left foot and a fair amount of whiplash related injuries.

"Brad wanted me to extend his deepest regrets in not being able to do the show this weekend and wanted me to assure you and the folks in Rochester that we would make every effort to make up this show ASAP. As you can imagine we are all relieved there was no life threatening injuries sustained."

Beatle Juice is investigating dates in February and March 2007 for a rescheduling of the cancelled show. Visit the Rochester Opera House Web site at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for updates on Delp’s recovery and information about the rescheduling of the concert.

All tickets purchased for the show on Saturday, Oct. 14 will be honored for the rescheduled date. Any ticketing questions should be addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling the box office at 335-1992.

For more information on Beatle Juice show schedules, you can check out the official Beatle Juice site at www.muzzdrums.com.

 
Cosmo Album Release Details
Wednesday, October 04, 2006

If you've been following the news this past year (if not, you can read past news postings at thirdstage.ca to catch up), you probably know that Boston members Fran and Anthony Cosmo have a band called Cosmo. Their first album, titled Alien, which was recorded during Summer of 2006, has been completed and is scheduled to be released on Frontiers Records in Europe on December 08, 2006.

The band also consists of guitarist Mick Brooks, drummer Pat Orlowski and bassist Bill Carman (who also did some work on Boston's Corporate America album). The album will consist of 11 original tracks, with a bonus acoustic version of Don't Tell Me Your Lies on the European release.

Full press release regarding this album and song samples are available at Frontiers Records.

Source: melodicrock.com

 
 01. Communication
02. Don't Tell Me Your Lies
03. No Surprise
04. Gravity
05. Redemption
06. Helicopter
07. Alien
08. When I Close My Eyes
09. Woman
10. Can't Run Away
11. Creep
12. Don't Tell Me Your Lies (acoustic)*
* Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe
 
New Look for bandboston.com
Monday, October 02, 2006

For those of you who haven't been to Boston's official website lately, you may want to take a look at it, as it's been completely redesigned.

The site was designed by Boston member Gary Pihl, who also designed Kimberley Dahme's website. The site features a Flash interface, has bios for past and present members of the band, news and more.

There's also news on the site of an upcoming Boston show on November 13, 2006 in Boston at the Symphony Hall, where Boston will be part of a benefit show where proceeds go to support the Doug Flutie, JR. Foundation for Autism, Inc. The show starts at 8pm and ticket information can be found at bandboston.com.

Source: bandboston.com

 
Updates to barrygoudreau.com
Monday, September 18, 2006

If you haven't been to Barry Goudreau's official site lately, you should check it out. David Stefanelli, former RTZ drummer and Barry's webmaster, has launched a new version of barrygoudreau.com, which includes a bio that Barry wrote, which is worth checking out.

 
Cosmo Song to Appear on Compilation CD
Friday, September 15, 2006

While the debut CD from Cosmo has yet to be released, one of the songs from that disc will be appearing on a compilation CD. According to melodicrock.com, Frontiers Records will be releasing a 2-CD set called "Rock the Bones Volume 4", which is due to be released October 20.

The Cosmo song that will be appearing on the compilation is called Don't Tell Me Your Lies, which will be on disc 2. That song will be released on the upcoming debut disc from Cosmo, tentatively titled "Alien"; no release date info available yet for that disc.

Source: melodicrock.com

 
David Sikes Answers Some Questions
Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The tollowing was posted by George of Boston_rocks on his group as well as the list on boston.org, which has former Boston bassist David Sikes answering some questions:

Hello folks,
George forwarded me a letter from a fan with questions for me. Here are some answers.

Question/Why give up music?
I haven't given up music, I have given it up as a profession. I have been a musician all my adult life, there were a lot of ups and downs. I have never liked the business of music and there is no way to escape it if you rely on it for your living. The single biggest reason for me though, were my two son's who were growing up and I was missing large chunks of their childhood. Also, playing with Boston was becoming more and more unreliable as far as working was concerned. I could have played with other bands when Boston wasn't working, which was most of the time. However, my children deserved to have a dad that was around and could provide a consistent standard of living for them.

Question/Has he considered auctioning off any of his basses?
I love all of my basses, there are great memories associated with them. I couldn't part with any of them.

Question/Would he autograph Boston CD's?
Yes I would, as long as you make it easy for me. Postage paid returned envelope, etc, forwarded to
Allstate Insrance 1310
Tennessee St. Vallejo, CA. 94590

Question/Is it realistic for a person to assume one could have retired from a having spent a few years playing with Boston?
That would be a NO. I played with Boston for 10 years. Of those 10 years the band did 3 full scale tours and one 2 or 3 week tour of Canada. During this time we released 1 new studio album and a greatest hits with a couple of new songs on it. Not real prolific in my book. At times I made quite a bit of cash playing in the band, but considering the years that I made little or nothing, I could never have put away enough to retire. To be honest, I make a better living year in and year out owning an insurance agency. I have made more money in 3 years of insurance than I made in 10 with Boston. Having said that, I loved my time in the band, it was never about how much money I made, although I'm sure I could have made a much better living if we had just gone on tour every year or so and put out another CD or tour. But, it is what it is, I knew how Tom worked when I joined the band, I was surprised though, at the extremely slow pace at times.

Question/How long did it take him to master playing all the Boston songs when he was first hired?
First off, I studied the songs on my own and probably had the bass parts down in 2 weeks or so. One of the things I had to do was buy a 5 string bass because so many of the songs on Third Stage had the E string tuned lower than a standard pitch. Playing a bass with 5 strings was a bit of an adjustment. What was more difficult was playing the bass and singing, there was alot going on in some of those parts. I can't tell you how long that took because it was a gradual process of working with Brad and Doug on my own and rehearsing with the band. My memory is that we rehearsed for a full 2 months before the Third Stage tour, at the point that we played our first show I felt I really had it all down.

That's it! Sorry if I get a little wordy at times.
David

Source: Boston_rocks

 
Upcoming Barry and Sib Performance
Tuesday, July 25, 2006

If you're going to be in or around Hyannis, MA (the same city named in the song Rock and Roll Band) on August 2, 2006, you should stop by the Cape Cod Melody Tent for The Reel Blues Fest.

There will be a performance by Ernie and the Automatics, which will feature former Boston members Barry Goudreau along with form Boston drummer Sib Hashian and Tim Archibald, who was the bass player in RTZ. The show starts at 7pm.

More info on this event can be found at www.thereelbluesfest.com

 

 
Boston Tablature in Guitar World
Thursday, July 06, 2006
For those of you who play guitar, August's issue of Guitar World will feature guitar and bass tablature for Boston's More Than a Feeling. For more info on Guitar World, you can check out the Guitar World website.
 
My First Credit on the Official Boston Site!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Okay, most of you couldn't care less, but I just couldn't resist...

Recently bandboston.com (Boston's official website) posted the recent broadcast of Off the Record with Joe Benson. Guess where they got the show? That's right, thirdstage.ca! (If you haven't seen it yet, check out the audio section for that and more interviews and other audio clips).

They even posted the credit right there on the main page along with the link to hear the file (which they hosted on their server for their site). You can see a screenshot of this by clicking on the image below, which is a crop of the credit!

BTW: I highlighted the credit on the image below just to let it stand out!

 

 
Tom and Barry Speaking Again? Miracles Really Can Happen!
Sunday, June 25, 2006

It's been established for many years that Tom and Barry weren't speaking to one another and it's been discussed many many times in the Boston communities that they should bury the hatchet. Well, it looks like after all these years that may finally happen.

According to Jon at Gonna Hitch a Ride, Boston Magazine has published an article about Tom Scholz and at the end of the article it mentions Tom and Barry reconnecting after 20 years. This information has also been confirmed with one of the forum members who received an email from Barry confirming that he and Tom were back in touch.

Source: Gonnahitcharide.com

 
Message from Brad Delp
Thursday, June 15, 2006

Boston vocalist Brad Delp recently posted this to the list at boston.org:

Many thanks for all of the birthday greetings! There were so many that I am just now getting around to thanking everyone (if not individually, at least thru this e-mail).

Again, thanks to you all. You have been so supportive thru the years that I no longer fear the question, "Will you still need me, will you still feed me...?",

Let's all send our thoughts and good wishes to Sir Paul, who turns 64 on June 18. He deserves a better birthday/Father's Day than what he'll be receiving this year.

BD

Source: boston.org

 
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