Spring 2013

To Infinity and Beyond…

Many exciting things are moving forward as we head into spring 2013.

Tom is buried in the studio, lovingly coaxing his legacy analogue equipment to bear with him just a little longer while he wraps up the mix of his latest song, “Someday.” Although he has listened to it more times than he cares to count, he is still very excited about it, saying, “This final song might be the title track for the new BOSTON studio album; it reminds me of the up tempo rockers I wrote for the debut album over 30 years ago.”

With a little more tweaking, then some re-tweaking, then a tad more tweaking, Tom says the new album should be ready for release by mid year … that would be mid year 2013. “After completing this mix I only need to redo vocals on a couple of the cuts, remix them, and sequence and master the album. After working on this project for over 10 years I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel,” he says. Tom plans to start work on the long awaited BOSTON live DVD as soon as the studio album is finished.


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Meanwhile, in other cool news, Gibson is honoring Tom and his original Les Paul with a limited edition Gibson Custom Collectors Choice guitar. (His is #10.) From Gibson: “If you’ve ever listened to the music of the legendary rock band BOSTON, then you’ve already heard the latest Collector’s Choice Les Paul. In its own right, this example of a 1968 Goldtop (now with the top stripped off the original finish to expose its maple top) is an amazing instrument; a nice, ‘cheeky’ neck, a flexible tone palate via Tom’s preferred P-90 and DiMarzio Super Distortion pickup combination, and a patina that comes from a lifetime of extensive live and studio use. One of two in Tom Scholz’s collection, this particular ’68 Les Paul Goldtop Deluxe is the first ‘real’ guitar Tom ever owned, acquired over 30 years ago and essential to his very unique sound and career.” Tom Loves the attention to detail that was apparent in duplicating his guitar. He says, “The precision with which Gibson has replicated the physical properties of my original Les Paul is astounding. This guitar feels and plays exactly like my guitar, and the resemblance to the original is uncanny. But most impressive is that it actually sounds like my guitar! I’m really humbled that such an elite shop would go to so much trouble to reproduce the guitar I play.” Tom says he will donate all the proceeds from his royalties on the sales to charity.

Check gibson.com for details on purchasing your own Tom Scholz Les Paul.

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BOSTON was presented Legend Award

In March, BOSTON was presented with the Legend Award at the 5th Annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards held at the Rock Junction in Coventry, RI. The Legend Award honors bands that originated in New England that have been at it for at least 25 years. It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty seven years since the debut album was first heard on the airwaves!

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Thanks to Jason Kenney & Katie Botelho at Limelight for their devotion to promoting New England musicians, recognizing the heart, soul and passion that it takes to pursue their craft, and to all of the fans who support them! “When we solicited nominations for the Legend Award in early January, the overwhelming majority recommended BOSTON. We are very pleased to present this award to them this year,” stated Kenney. Gary Pihl says, “We’ve all grown up listening to our own legends like Chuck Berry and Eric Clapton, it’s a real honor that someone is looking up to us as a musical influence.” Tom was very humbled by the award, and said, ” I don’t really feel very legendary, but I sure do appreciate all those people who recognize the effort that has gone into BOSTON’s music over the years … thank you.”

In addition to having friendly staff, great food and local and national acts performing live, the Rock Junction which hosted the awards surprised Tom and Gary with a unique piece of BOSTON history … as they took the stage to accept the award they stood in front of the drum riser that was used on 5 BOSTON tours! The riser was so large, a new stage was constructed to accommodate it. Rumor has it that drummers performing at the club love it … it’s big! The acoustics are surprisingly good at this venue, you can actually hear the people on stage as well as the ones next to you.

Kidz b Kidz Charity Performance

Last month bandmates Gary Pihl, Tommy DeCarlo and David Victor performed at the Kidz b Kidz 5th anniversary party in Boston. Supporting Kidz b Kidz benefits those dedicated to enhancing the lives of children who are in the hospital, and those determined to find cures for them. Proceeds from the sale of Kidz b Kidz products (all made with artwork created by kids!) are donated to hospitals nationwide. For more information, visit kidzbkidz.org


All of the band members are busy with their own projects. They all had a great time playing live last summer and are looking forward to going out again next year, monster gong and all. Check back on bandboston.com for further updates.

DECEMBER PEOPLE Food Bank shows

Gary Pihl and the DECEMBER PEOPLE Food Bank shows

Thanks to everyone in the Monterey area for another sold out show! They say even more food was raised this year. Here’re a couple of pictures: The guys on stage and afterwards with a food bank volunteer. And for those of you on the east coast, they’ll be at the Levoy Theater in Millville, NJ on December 7th, 2012.

2012 BOSTON SUMMER SHOWS

2012 BOSTON SUMMER SHOWS

“What the critics are saying”

Boston still has what it takes to rock And best of all, it didn’t sound overly familiar. It didn’t sound tired. It didn’t sound done. Rather, songs as recognizable as “Peace of Mind” and “More Than a Feeling” seemed fresh, energized and even surprising … ON MILWAUKEE

The main event, BOSTON, lived up to their top of the bill standing. They once again proved why they are the most underrated live act that I have seen. Studio recordings of Boston music are great enough in their own right, but seeing them in a live setting, really makes one appreciate what they are witnessing. The sheer musicianship that comes together during their many extended instrumental pieces should make any real music fan bow in Wayne’s World fashion saying “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!” … Chad Hobbs, Columbus EXAMINER

Guitarist and founding member Tom Scholz is still on the top of his game, and vocalist Tommy DeCarlo sounds so similar to deceased vocalist Brad Delp one can’t help but imagine it is Delp’s voice itself roaring through the speakers … THE ORANGE LEADER

Just saw them in Grand Prairie. My goodness I can’t even describe how incredible they were. Best concert I have ever seen … LAYNA GRAY HARVEY

The Boston hits came one after another starting with “Rock N Roll Band” and ending the night an hour and half later with everyone’s favorite – “PARTY” … with stellar musicianship by Scholz and company … GET AMPED Magazine

Tom Scholz is Magic! … JOHN PAUL PELLETIER

Tom is the Man! And BOSTON is the most feel good band there ever was! Lyrics, Music, Performances, etc. Rock on!!! … DUSTIN R. AUCKLAND

Panama City show was extreme! You guys rock!… DANNY BAIN

What a great concert you put on last night. Will not soon forget it!! Thanks for the good memories made past and present … DIANA SIMMONS RICHARD

Boston at its best. All the favorites, virtually indistinguishable from the recordings. Mr Scholz is a master musician/composer/arranger/technician. He has managed to collect a group of musicians (some from the old days, some from the not so old days) who recreated his musical vision incredibly well. It is one thing to make music like that in the studio, with all the benefits of digital recording. It is another to see and hear it reproduced live. As a musician myself, I was astounded to see the performance of so many pieces so well executed. As a fan, I had a ball listening to those old classic songs … TICKETMASTER REVIEWIER

Boston was awesome!!! This band knows how to put on a show. The addition of David Victor to the band did them justice. Tommy DeCarlo pays tribute to the late Brad Delp with his own flare! …TICKETMASTER REVIEWER

Baseball caps off to Tommy DeCarlo, the current lead singer for the band for filling the big cleats of Bradley Delp who unfortunately took his own life in 2007. Having never seen the band live I was skeptical at what the vocals would sound like. Delp had a unique voice and style that contributed to the bands iconic sound. DeCarlo hit it out of the park as far as I am concerned and hit every note and captured the spirit of Delp on each song. … BSD MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT BLOG

Tom Scholz Honored by FARM

Tom Scholz Honored by FARM

BOSTON Rock Star Receives Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year Award

Tom Scholz, founder of the rock band BOSTON, was honored for his philanthropy work by the annual Animal Rights National Conference this evening in Los Angeles. He was presented with the Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of his long-term support of animal rights. Scholz was accompanied by his wife Kim. Past recipients of this award include Alicia Silverstone, James Cromwell, Linda Blair, Charlotte Ross, Casey Kasem, Wendi Malick, Bill Maher and Dennis Kucinich.

In his remarks, Tom Scholz paid tribute to his friend and collaborator of 35 years, the late Brad Delp. Over the years, Scholz and Delp, also a longtime vegetarian and animal rights advocate, supported similar causes through their contributions they made to Scholz’s DTS Charitable Foundation. Scholz dedicated the award to Delp, who supported his work through the DTS Charitable Foundation to help protect all life from needless suffering. He explained that Brad Delp was a principal contributor to the foundation, which has helped many organizations like FARM USA. “His commitment to ethical vegetarianism over thirty years ago was a major factor in my emerging awareness of the unnecessary cruelty to animals in our society,” Scholz said.

Background

Nearly a thousand animal rights activists from throughout the U.S. and eight other countries rallied in at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, CA on July 19-23 to review progress and to map national strategy for the coming year. Highlights included special sessions to defeat the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and reduce global warming, as well as eyewitness accounts of confrontational campaigns to save seals and whales. The annual Animal Rights 2007 National Conference featured more than 100 speakers representing 60 organizations from every sector of the animal protection movement. The Headliners included Elizabeth Kucinich, John Feldmann of the band Goldfinger, Tom Scholz of the rock band BOSTON, Paul Watson who confronted Japanese whalers, and Marianne Thieme elected to the Dutch parliament on an animal rights platform.

The program featured more than 100 sessions, including keynote addresses, video briefings on various forms of animal abuse, workshops on organizing and outreach skills, ideological ‘rap’ sessions, and campaign reports. Nearly 100 tables exhibited animal rights literature and merchandise. Scores of videos documented animal abuses and movement actions. The closing Awards Banquet featured winners of the Animal Rights Hall of Fame, Grassroots Animal Activist, and Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year Awards. A day of intensive skills training, lobbying, and demonstrations followed the Conference. The timing of the conference marked a massive shift toward public acceptance of animal rights. This is reflected in public opinion surveys, enactment of animal protection legislation, reduced use and improved care of animals in laboratories, and growing popularity of vegetarian foods. Animal Rights 2007 is sponsored by FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement), a national public interest organization advocating wholesome, nonviolent plant-based eating. Cosponsoring organizations include In Defense of Animals, The Vegan Sage, VegNews Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and E/Environmental Magazine.

Florida Keys Deer, Kim and Tom Scholz. Photo credit Bob Summers