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.

In 2010, Tom filed the suit against the Boston Herald, as well as two of their reporters, Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa for defamation in response to articles published shortly after Brad Delp's suicide in 2007, which included quotes from Brad's ex-wife Micki Delp. The quotes implied that Tom was to blame for Brad's death. The lawsuit asserted that at least two of the quotes were fabricated. as Micki had testified in another lawsuit that she didn't make at least two of the statements. According to the recent article by the Boston Herald regarding this issue, Micki has stated under oath that she was quoted accurately and that the Herald had accurately summarized her opinions.

Judge Frances A. McIntyre ruled that Scholz had "no reasonable expectation" of proving the statements in the articles were false and that the statements about Delp's suicide were non-actionable opinions. The judge also stated that "considering the context of the article…it would only be reasonably perceived as an opinion held by …persons with some familiarity with the situation. No other interpretation is reasonable."

It is not known at this time if Tom will appeal the decision.

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.

UPDATE - March 21: You can now view the lawsuit document, which also contains the original Notice of Termination.

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.

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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.

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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.