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The history of the band Boston is a fascinating journey through the world of rock music, marked by immense success and challenges along the way.
Boston is known for its melodic rock sound and innovative use of technology, and it remains one of the iconic bands of the 1970s and beyond.
Formation and Early Years (1975-1976):
Boston was formed in 1975 by Tom Scholz, a talented guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter. Scholz, an MIT graduate and former Polaroid engineer, had a passion for music and spent years working on his craft. He recruited vocalist Brad Delp, guitarist Barry Goudreau, bassist Fran Sheehan, and drummer Sib Hashian to join him in the band. The group started performing around the Boston area, quickly gaining a local following.
Debut Album and Breakthrough (1976):
Boston's self-titled debut album, released in August 1976, was an instant sensation. Produced by Scholz in his basement studio, it featured hit singles like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Foreplay/Long Time." The album's signature sound was characterized by soaring harmonies, layered guitars, and Scholz's distinctive use of the Rockman, a device he invented to produce a unique guitar sound. "Boston" became one of the best-selling debut albums in music history, selling over 17 million copies in the United States alone.
Legal Battles and Delays (1976-1978):
The incredible success of their debut album led to legal disputes with Scholz's former record label, Epic Records, which delayed the release of Boston's second album. During this time, Goudreau and Sheehan departed from the band, and there were numerous lineup changes. It wasn't until 1978 that the album "Don't Look Back" was finally released, featuring the title track as a hit single.
Changes in Lineup and Sound (Late 1970s-1980s):
Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Boston experienced more lineup changes, with Tom Scholz being the consistent creative force behind the band. The albums "Third Stage" (1986) and "Walk On" (1994) were released, featuring hits like "Amanda" and "Walk On." Despite the personnel changes, Boston continued to tour and record, although with less commercial success than their early years.
Tragedy and Return (2007-2013):
Tragedy struck the band in 2007 when lead vocalist Brad Delp took his own life. Delp's death deeply affected the band and its fans. Boston went through several lead vocalists before Tommy DeCarlo, a fan of the band, was discovered on YouTube and invited to join in 2008. The band released "Life, Love & Hope" in 2013, their first album in over a decade.
Boston's legacy in the world of rock music is undeniable. Their debut album set a high bar for melodic rock, and Tom Scholz's innovative use of technology in music production influenced countless artists. The band's signature sound remains iconic, and their songs continue to be a staple of classic rock radio.
Despite the challenges and personnel changes, Boston's enduring popularity is a testament to the timeless quality of their music. They have sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling rock bands in history. Tom Scholz remains the creative force behind the band, ensuring that Boston's music continues to resonate with new generations of rock fans.