Boston The Band
The band centers on the songwriting and guitar playing skills of Tom Scholz. A rock fan, studio wizard and multi-instrumentalist, Scholz began writing songs at an early age. After graduating from MIT with a master’s degree, he began working for Polariod. Scholz and Brad Delp produced a demo in Scholz basement that earned them a record deal with Epic Records in 1975. By the time they released their eponymous debut album, the band had recruited Barry Goudreau as guitarist, Fran Sheehan as bassist and drummer Sib Hashian.
The band’s lineup has changed multiple times over the years but the group remains the vehicle for Tom Scholz talents. The group’s current tour lineup features Beth Cohen as vocalist and on keyboard, Tracy Ferrie as bassist, Jeff Neal on drums and percussion, Tommy Decarlo as lead vocalist, and Gary Pihl as rhythm and lead guitarist.
Rise to success
Boston the band achieved immense success during their initial years. Their self-titled debut album became one of the best-selling debut albums in the country’s history, selling over seventeen million records. It was certified gold within months of its release. The album shot to number three on the Billboard 200 and spawned the top five hit, single “More Than a Feeling.” Featuring the strong vocals of Delp, and Scholz’s unique guitar playing, the album became a mainstay on classic rock radio.
The band’s sophomore album reached number one on the Billboard charts, and established their position as a serious contender in the prevalent rock landscape. The album achieved a multi-platinum certification and featured the notable single, “A Man I’ll Never Be.” The title track from the album became a staple in classic rock. Both albums were followed by extensive arena tours that introduced the band to wider audiences.
Scholz, always the perfectionist, was dissatisfied with the results of his second album which was released under the label’s pressure. He produced the next album at his own pace. The third album was released after an eight year interval and soon became a chart-topping hit. It was certified triple-platinum in its first month. The album spawned the Billboard Hot 100 topper “Amanda” and Mainstream Rock hits “Cool The Engines” and “We’re Ready.”
The next notable album the band produced was 2002’s Corporate America in which Scholz targeted political issues through his lyrics. Following the album was an extensive two-year worldwide tour.
In 2007, after the tragic death of lead vocalist Brad Delp, whose soaring voice and vocal range had become a defining characteristic of the group, the band lost their charm for a while. 2013 saw them make another splash in the music scene with their sixth album, which notched second place on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Boston is popular for their energetic live performances. Their appeal transcends generations, and fans of all ages flock to their concerts. Boston the band tickets will likely be a huge treat for the band’s die-hard fans. The band typically performs their classic hits at live concerts and you can catch them live by getting Boston the Band tickets.