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Boston's 2012 and 2008 Tour Photos

Boston 2012 and 2008 Tour Photographs are now available. Photographed in Grand Prairie and Austin Texas July 10-11, 2012. NOW Available Las Vegas June 28, Los Angeles July 1 and Del Mar July 3, 2008, By Jon Viscott. These high-quality photographs are printed on gallery quality metallic paper for a simply stunning presentation. Treat yourself to a 8" X 12" print with incredible detail. Click here to view the tour photos.

Wolfgang's Vault: New Boston out of the Vault!

Tal906k about a one-man band: founder Tom Scholz is listed on Boston's 2002 release Corporate America with "Bass, Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal [and] Art Direction" credits. Living proof of the old 'left brain' theory of development [math and music from the same hemisphere; strong in one, strong in the other], Scholz is an MIT graduate with musical ability that he expanded from classical piano to all the instruments the well-stocked rocker's tour bus. Along the way to Boston brand name recognition, Scholz founded his own research company, claiming patents along with pop-rock fame, and has had the time, money, and status to devote some of his time to the environment and poking at politicians. The original, six-member band only lasted for the first album, Boston, after which long production times born of perfectionism led to drop-outs, a lawsuit [Barry Goudreau vs. Scholz] and a record company dispute. Tragically, in 2007, Delp took his own life.

Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA)
12.18.1976
Tracks: 9 / Total Time: 55:33
Catalog: King Biscuit
MP3 $9.98
FLAC $12.98

Tom Scholz - guitars, keyboards
Brad Delp - lead vocals
Barry Goudreau - guitar, vocals
Fran Sheehan - bass, vocals
John Hashain - drums

1. Rock And Roll Band 4:03
2. Help Me (Shattered Images) 4:15
3. More Than A Feeling 9:29
4. Peace Of Mind 5:09
5. Something About You 4:00
6. Smokin' 9:34
7. Foreplay / Long Time 10:51
8. Television Politician 3:32
9. Don't Be Afraid 4:40

In 1975, guitarist/ songwriter/ inventor/ electrical engineer Tom Scholz, with a master's degree from MIT, was working by day at Polaroid. By night, he was recording feverishly with his own rock band, Boston, that also consisted of fellow Bostonians Brad Delp on vocals, Barry Goudreau on guitar, Fran Sheehan on bass, and John "Sib" Hashain on drums.

With Scholz at the helm, they spent most of 1975 writing an album's worth of songs that would eventually transform itself into one of the most successful debut albums by a rock band in history. Those demos, with virtually little overdubs or changes, became the first Boston album, released on Epic Records the following year. The record exploded at radio with four hit singles, and would go on to sell 10 million copies. The group worked on and off (in between Scholz other career as a successful music equipment manufacturer) throughout the 1980s and '90s, but suffered from inconsistent personnel line-ups and music that was by that point becoming dated.

When this 1976 performance by Boston was captured for the King Biscuit Flower Hour, the band was at the top of their game and in the zenith of their popularity. Although now it is not viewed as much a virtue as a curse, the ultra-success of the first Boston album is credited by many as launching the rise of AOR radio and corporate rock, both of which appeared around the same time in America. This show features most of that debut LP that changed radio forever. Opening with the high energy hit, "Rock And Roll Band," the group is quick to play its biggest song, "More Than A Feeling," which is over nine minutes long here. Lesser known tracks "Peace Of Mind" and "Something About You" are next, followed by another all-out rocker, "Smokin'." Next up are the obligatory band solos, which lead into a steady rockin' 14-minute version of "Long Time." They close with the cynical opus, "Television Politician" which jams into the more hopeful "Don't Be Afraid."

Such a high quality live recording of Boston in their prime reveals that the polish and power they displayed on their studio recordings could be translated to the stage and was arguably, even more compelling. With an emphasis on material from their classic first album plus non-LP tracks like "Shattered Images" and "Television Politician," this is a must-listen for all Boston fans.

Long Beach Arena (Long Beach, CA)
03.16.1977/ Early Show
Tracks: 12 / Total Time: 1:11:16
Catalog: King Biscuit
MP3 $9.98
FLAC $12.98

Tom Scholz - guitars, keyboards
Brad Delp - lead vocals
Barry Goudreau - guitar, vocals
Fran Sheehan - bass, vocals
John Hashian - drums

1. Rock And Roll Band 4:56
2. Help Me (Shattered Images) 4:09
3. More Than A Feeling 9:37
4. Peace Of Mind 5:51
5. Something About You 3:26
6. A Man I'll Never Be 6:56
7. Smokin' 7:56
8. This Time 5:22
9. Foreplay 2:52
10. Long Time 8:35

This early show from Boston's 1977 appearance in Long Beach was recorded while the band was making Don't Look Back, their second multi-platinum release, which was released that year. The band was still promoting the first album, and most of this show consists of songs from that classic Boston record, which yielded hits such as "More Than A Feeling," "Rock & Roll Band," "Something About You," "Smokin'," and "Long Time." They do, however, offer up "A Man I'll Never Be," which, at the time, had yet to be recorded.

This recording proves that while the band may have been the ultimate example of corporate rock on vinyl, they certainly were a great live band. Recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour, this concert is proof that Boston had strong musical chops. The band remained viable and active through 1986, when their third album, Third Stage, was released. Then Scholz, an obsessive perfectionist, began a nearly ten year hiatus where he took time to start his own successful audio processing equipment company that features a number of inventions he had developed to assist him in making Boston albums. By the time he returned with 1994's Walk On, he had been sued by Goudreau (for hurting his solo career) and by Epic for taking too long to deliver the band's third and fourth albums. By then, he was the lone original member left in the band. Hence, Walk On was a failure both critically and commercially.

In 1975, guitarist/songwriter/inventor/electrical engineer Tom Scholz, with a master's degree from MIT, was working by day at Polaroid. By night, he was recording feverishly with his own rock band, Boston, that also consisted of fellow Bostonians Brad Delp on vocals, Barry Goudreau on guitar, Fran Sheehan on bass, and John "Sib" Hashian on drums. Spearheaded by Scholz, they spent most of 1975 writing an album's worth of songs that would eventually transform itself into one of the most successful debut albums by a rock band in history. Those demos, with virtually little overdubs or changes, became the first Boston album, released on Epic Records the following year.

Scholz reunited with Delp for 2003's Corporate America, which seemed very dated compared to what was being played on rock radio at that time. In 2006, it was announced that the original lineup was getting back together for a new album and tour, but that project dissipated when Delp tragically and unexpectedly committed suicide in March of 2007.

Long Beach Arena (Long Beach, CA)
03.16.1977/ Late Show
Tracks: 9 / Total Time: 57:27
Catalog: King Biscuit
MP3 $9.98
FLAC $12.98

Tom Scholz - guitars, keyboards
Brad Delp - lead vocals
Barry Goudreau - guitar, vocals
Fran Sheehan - bass, vocals
John Hashian - drums

1. Rock And Roll Band 4:09
2. Help Me (Shattered Images) 4:01
3. More Than A Feeling 9:17
4. Something About You 4:26
5. A Man I'll Never Be 6:34
6. Smokin' 5:27
7. Guitar Solo / Blues Jam 8:08
8. Peace Of Mind 5:19
9. Foreplay / Long Time 10:06

This late show from Boston's 1977 appearance in Long Beach was recorded while the band was making Don't Look Back, their second multi-platinum release, which was released that year. The band was still promoting the first album, and most of this show consists of songs from that classic Boston record. One that yielded such hits as "More Than A Feeling," "Rock and Roll Band," "Something About You," "Smokin'," and "Long Time." They do, however, offer up "A Man I'll Never Be," which, at the time, had yet to be recorded.

This recording proves that while the band may have been the ultimate example of corporate rock on vinyl, they certainly were a great live band. Recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour, this concert is proof that Boston had strong musical chops. The band remained viable and active through 1986, when their third album, Third Stage, was released. Then Scholz, an obsessive perfectionist, began a nearly ten year hiatus where he took time to start his own successful audio processing equipment company that features a number of inventions he had developed to assist him in making Boston albums. By the time he returned with 1994's Walk On, he had been sued by Goudreau (for hurting his solo career) and by Epic for taking too long to deliver the band's third and fourth albums. By then, he was the lone original member left in the band. Hence, Walk On was a failure both critically and commercially.

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35 Years and they are back! Konnichiwa Japan!
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