Boston The Tragic History Of the Band, Death of Brad Delp & Tom Scholz Perfectionism

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notified every time i put out a new video on my  channel. If i had to name one of my favourite  

records of all time, I’d probably have to go with  Boston’s self titled debut record. Released in  

1976, the album was a massive success selling  over 17 million copies. And it set the path for  

what should have been a massive career, but it  didn’t. 4 years later, the band only released  

one more album and they quickly crashed and  burned. So what happened? Stay tuned to find out!

Tom Scholz was the mastermind behind Boston. An  MIT alumni and following graduation he would end  

up getting a job with Polaroid working as a  product design engineer. Apart from tinkering  

with electronics, he also was into music, having  played in a series of bands in the city of Boston  

with names like Middle Earth, Freehold and  Mother’s Milk. While he spent a lot of time  

on the live music circuit, he quickly realized  he wasnt going to get a record deal that way.  

It was then he turned his attention to recording  demos in some local studios which never caught  

the interest of record labels. He soon built a  twelve track recording studio in his basement  

and again record labels showed no  interest in what he was creating. 

It wasn’t until he enlisted the help of several  musicians he had played on the local boston  

circuit that he finally got the attention  of the labels. Guitarist Barry Goudreau,  

who Scholz played with in boston on the live music  circuit would introduce him to singer Brad Delp.  

They worked on and created the songs that  formed the first Boston album, albeit some  

of them with different names. San Francisco  Day which was later to named Hitch A Ride,  

It Isn’t Easy which was re-titled Something About  You, Foreplay, originally composed in 1969, Peace  

Of Mind, Rock ’N’ Roll Band, and the final track  they recorded was called, Ninety Days which was  

later renamed More Than A Feeling. The hand claps  on the song were even from Scholz first wife. 

And you would think these songs would’ve created a  bidding war with the record labels, but it didn’t.  

In fact most record labels passed  on the demos. But in 1975, Tom,  

Scholz was contacted a representative from ABC  Records named Charlie McKenzie. It had turned  

out by some strange twist of fate McKenzie had  heard the demo while he was visiting a friend  

who worked at RCA records. That friends name  was Paul Ahern. McKenzie and Ahern convinced  

Scholz to let them shop around the demo  claiming they could get him a record deal.  

They would end up taking the demo to CBS  owned Epic Records who showed interest,  

but prior to signing a deal they wanted to  see the band perform live for executives. 

Epic staff producer Tom Werman recalled to Classic  Rock Magazine hearing the demos for the first time  

revealing "After More Than A Feeling, which  sounded quite like the final product, and halfway  

through the second song, I stopped the tape. I  couldn’t believe that this music was actually  

available to us, and told Ahern that if Lennie  and I could see the band reproduce this live,  

we'd guarantee to sign them. " As Scholz turned to his live showcase  

for the record executives he knew he didn’t really  have a band. Scholz would work with Delp as well  

as a bunch of local musicians they already knew  from the Boston music scene for the live showcase,  

which took place at a warehouse space, which  ended up belonging to Aerosmith. The band  

passed with flying colours and ended up signing an  astounding 10 album deal that would last 6 years.  

While it may seem crazy, that was the standard  contract that was given to bands back then. 

However, things started to turn sour for Scholz  when Epic Records told him that they wanted to  

re-record the demos in a studio setting with  an experienced producer. The label suggested  

John Boylan who met with Scholz where the  pair hatched a pretty impressive scheme.  

Instead of going to LA to re-record the demos,  which Scholz thought was pointless, He would stay  

home in Boston and work in his basement sprucing  up the demos to give the record label something  

that seemed more polished. Meanwhile, the rest  of the band would go to Los Angeles to work on  

new material that would turn into the song Let  Me Take You Home Tonight, Scholz stayed home,  

fastidiously gussying up the demos to give Epic  something that sounded like a more polished  

version and he would end up striking a deal with  Boylan where he got a producer credit as well.  

The plan worked and the label was none the wiser. With an album in the can, the band still didn’t  

have a name. It would be the album’s producer  and his engineer who suggested Boston and the  

name stuck. Released in the summer of 1976 the  album was a massive hit becoming the fastest  

selling record of the 70’s helped in large part by  the opening track and single More Than a Feeling 

"More Than a Feeling" was a top 5 hit and it was  enough for Scholz to quit his job at Polaroid. 

Now the band had to turn it’s attention to  touring, which saw them open for some pretty  

big names including, opening for Foghat, Black  Sabbath, and Blue Öyster Cult. While the tour  

was enjoyable for the group, the record label  was hungry for another album. Scholz felt the  

pressure, but being the perfectionist he was,  he felt like it was too soon to record a follow  

up. Soon enough Scholz started to work on Boston’s  sophomore record 1978’s Don’t Look Back. And while  

the record hit number 1 on the album charts, and  sold over 7 million copies, Scholz felt like it  

was rushed despite the fact it was delivered a  year later than the label wanted. Scholz wanted  

the freedom to work on the album for as long as  he needed without the pressure of a label, but  

unfortunately, the business doesn’t work that way. The tour to support the album was grueling lasting  

over 2 years. And during an interview with  thirdstage Scholz revealed: “We had gone on  

a horrible tour in 1978-79. We played BOSTON songs  and I loved playing on stage but it was horrible.  

It was long and when I got off the road I wasn’t  sure that I wanted to ever go on tour again.  

Brad told me that he didn’t ever want to go on  tour. I was going to hang it up and just record.  

I took a little time off after Don’t Look  Back. I was drained. I was more than drained,  

I was demoralized. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be  in the music business. I didn’t like what I had  

seen. Brad and I had made a lot of money for a  lot of people and I didn’t like what they were  

doing. I began to feel guilty about enabling  people to do things that I didn’t approve of.  

I considered leaving music altogether and  going back to being an engineer" he'd say. 

Scholz ended up staying in the music industry  and began work on Boston’s third album,  

but he was going to take his time until he was  ready to release something new. It was around this  

time the guitarist realized that his manager  Paul Ahern had owned a percentage of all the  

songs he had written when they first signed their  contract during the mid 70’s. The manager would be  

sacked by Scholz and he turned around and sue. Burned out by what was going on around him,  

Scholz convened his band and told them he was  no longer interested in working on music and  

they were free to pursue other career ventures.  So guitarist Barry Goudreau managed to sign a  

deal with Epic Records and released a solo album  which featured future boston vocalist Fran Cosmo.  

The guitarist’s solo record was enjoyed by  critics, but commercially it didn’t do much.  

Things took a turn or the worst for Scholz noticed  a billboard Epic ran advertising Goudreau’s album  

with the claim “12 million people know the sound  of this guitar. We’d like to introduce you to the  

owner.” Tom allegedly complained to the label  and it was claimed he wanted Epic Records to  

pull support for the album, a charge he now  denies. Goudreau left Boston in 1981 with  

Scholz claiming they ended their relationship on  good terms during an interview with Third Stage.

The next fight Scholz had to face was with Epic  Records and their parent company CBS who were  

eager for a third record. With years having  passed since Don’t Look Back was released the  

label devised a plan to withhold royalty payments  to scholz to force his hand to release an album  

sooner rather than later. The plan failed and  with no other options Epic’s parent company CBS  

would file a lawsuit against Schulz citing  a breach of contract in 1984 claiming the  

guitarist was and i quote "uncooperative." In turn  Scholz retaliated with his own lawsuit over unpaid  

royalty payments. Scholz would win both cases  despite the fact the litigation lasted for  

over half a decade and slowed the progress  on a third record. It was during this time  

Scholz sought out a new record label eventually  signing with MCA, but CBS records was pretty  

vengeful and ended up suing MCA issuing a cease  and desist order, and they wanted a huge advance  

claiming that for every album Scholz sold on any  future boston releases CBS should get 25 cents.  

His old label would end up losing their  case in 1985 and Scholz was now a free man. 

During the litigation Scholz also founded a  music research and development company in 1982  

called Scholz research and development, which made  amplifiers and other musical electronic equipment. 

With record label lawsuits behind him Scholz was  able to finish the work he started on Boston’s  

third album. Scholz would bring back vocalist Brad  Delp, as well as drummer Jim Masdea who helped him  

on the original boston demo and also joining them  in 1985 was former Sammy Hagar guitarist Gary Pihl  

who also helped out Scholz with his research and  development company by acting as an executive. The  

resulting album would be 1986’s Third Stage, which  was a quasi concept that explored the several  

stages of life from infancy to adulthood. Compared  to the band’s first two records, it represented a  

more subdued sound, while still featuring a  few songs that harkened back to late 70’s.  

Despite the long gaps between records the album  still went platinum, selling over 4 million units.  

The Third Stage. Following it’s release the  band hit the road for 2 years supporting the  

album and they would play the third stage  from start to finish during live shows. 

As the 90’s rolled in, Boston turned  their attention to their new album,  

but much like the rest of the career, things  never went easy. Tom Scholz was surprised when  

singer Brad Delp left the band soon joined former  guitarist Brad Goudreau’s new band at the time,  

RTZ. And ust like that the recognizable voice  of Boston was gone leaving Scholz as the only  

original member remaining. Prior to his  departure Delp did help co-write a song  

With Delp's departure, Scholz was then the  last remaining original member. Prior to  

his departure Brad Delp did help co-wrote  a song that would be titled"Walk On", which  

became the title track of Boston's next album. Needing a new singer, Scholz looked closer to  

home than getting a complete outsider when he  enlisted former Iron The Hunter singer Fran  

Cosmo who had played on Barry Goudreau’s solo  record. The next Boston album titled Walk on  

would be released in 1994 and there would be  elements of the band’s three previous records  

sprinkled throughout the album. The album  failed to be a top 5 hit peaking at number 7,  

but it still went platinum and produced the single  i need your love. As the band got ready to hit the  

road to support the record, vocalist Brad Delp  rejoined the group. With two singers in the band,  

Delp shared vocal duties with new singer Fran  Cosmo.Looking back at Boston's career 8 appears  

to be the magic number in Boston time as the  band would take another 8 years to release their  

follow up album, 2002’s corporate america.The  marketing strategy behind corporate america was  

a bit different from their previous records as  Boston was no longer on a big label and Scholz  

would upload the album to under the  monicker Downer's Revenge instead of Boston.  

Waiting 8 years between releases meant  there was seismic shift in rock n’ roll  

as trends came and went and Scholz was worried  that if the album had the Boston name on it,  

some people wouldn’t have bothered to have  given the record a chance.Corporate America  

was released on a now defunct indie label  Artimis, which was headed by nirvana’s longtime  

manager Danny Goldberg. The record featured the  largest lineup of Boston to date with Cosmo and  

Delp both singing on the album. But Corporate  America would fall on deaf ears and didn’t even  

chart in the top 40, but that didn’t stop the  band from touring for several years on the album.  

And Scholz’s business relationship with Artimis  records would be shortlived as he turn around  

and sued the labe for $4 million records for  as he claimed inadequately promoting the album,  

despite repeated promises from the label that the  record would be the company's highest priority. 

Fast forward to March of 2007 fans were shocked  to learn that the voice of the band Brad Delp  

had taken his life at his home in new Hampshire.  Rather than coming together the aftermath had  

a lot of people pointing fingers more specifically  at Tom Scholz. Scholz was accused of running his  

band with an iron fist, with little regards  for how his bandmates felt,with some claiming  

it made Delp feel marginilized. Scholz  defended himself claiming Delp was free  

to come and go in the band and that he did. Things got especially ugly when his widow Delp's  

widow gave an interviews to the Boston Herald  where she incinuatedthat Scholz was responsible  

for her husband’s death. This resulted in  Scholz suing the widow as well as the newspaper  

for running a defamatory story  and causing emotional distress.  

Following his death the members of  Boston held a tribute concert to Delp  

titled ‘Come Together: A Tribute To Brad Delp’, In 2013 Boston released their sixth album, Life,  

Love & Hope, which featured lead vocals  from Brad Delp among many other singers.  

The album’s sessions dated back to 2002. In the  subsequent years Scholz has continued to tour  

under the Boston name and it was reported in 2018  that some of the band’s master recordings were  

destroyed in the universal music fire. During an interview with thirdstage  

webside, Tom Scholz was asked Last one: Has anyone ever told you  

that you are too damn smart for your own good? To which he would respond I used to be very  

smart but I am not that smart anymore. I  am just right now he's say. So that does  

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