BOSTON burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Smokin’,” rock staples still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, Don’t Look Back was another platinum chart- topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.” With over 31 million albums sold to date, their music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live BOSTON audiences that span generations.
While the “band” seemingly had overnight success, the timeless music that Tom Scholz created in his crude basement studio had taken over seven years of writing and recording, and would become far more than a labor of love for an engineering student. While studying Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Scholz picked up a guitar for the first time in his junior year. Having taken piano lessons as a child in a home filled with classical music, Tom was a quick study on guitar, and soon was writing his own music. He wrote hIs first piece, “Foreplay” while still at MIT. After graduating with a Master’s Degree, Scholz worked as a Senior Design Engineer at Polaroid, developing hardware for the world’s first instant movie system. Drawing on his engineering experience, he built a rudimentary tape system in his basement, and with the help of Jim Masdea on drums, and Brad Delp on vocals, he started recording many of the songs he had written, playing all of the instruments himself.
Scholz sent his initial 4-song demo recording to countless record labels, only to receive as many rejection letters. After refining the songs additionally, he sent out the demo once again in a last-ditch effort to get a record deal. This time, two major labels were very interested. Scholz and Delp were signed to a contract with CBS/Epic Records in 1976, Tom left his job at Polaroid, and the whirlwind began. Boston was released in August of that year, and the album quickly became a smash hit. A world tour followed, with the band making their New York debut at a sold-out Madison Square Garden.
Two years later brought the release of Don’t Look Back, as well as another world tour. Tom went back into the studio to work on the next album. It would end up taking 8 years, due in part to a monumental legal battle with CBS/Epic Records, who ironically claimed that Scholz was taking too long to produce records. During this time, Tom had started his own company to produce the specialized audio equipment that he had invented. His brand of amplifiers/gadgets, Rockman, became a big hit and business was booming. Gary Pihl was instrumental in helping develop the Rockman products, as well as working with Tom to finish the last song on the third album. Third Stage was released in spite of CBS’s efforts to stop it in 1986. A record- breaking tour of North America followed, with the band performing the album in its entirety. In 1990, Tom Scholz finally prevailed in the CBS lawsuit, forever freeing artists in the recording industry from unreasonable demands from record companies.
Once again, Scholz sequestered himself in the studio for four more years, creating Walk On, which became BOSTON’s fourth platinum album. Two tours followed, in ’95 & ’97. Since the release of Walk On, Tom has taken the band on 7 major tours, released Greatest Hits, as well as two new studio albums, and remastered Boston, Don’t Look Back, and Greatest Hits. Culminating in the release of Life Love & Hope in 2013, a project 10 years in the making, BOSTON embarked on a world tour this year, ending with their first trip to Japan in over thirty years. Rave reviews have described the show as the best BOSTON show ever!