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.

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.

Track listing:
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
World Theater

December 05: State College, PA
State Theatre

December 07: Millville, NJ
Levoy Theatre


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.

Listen to the song on SoundCloud

Update August 30: Roger has released another track on SoundCloud featuring Brad, this one is called So Long. Listen to the song.

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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,
Gary Pihl