A happy 62nd birthday to Tom Scholz, founder, guitarist and guiding light of Boston, the legendary band he founded in 1975, and signed to Epic Records after the company heard demos submitted by Scholz.
Tom had a day job at Polaroid as an engineer, and moonlighted as a guitarist in a local Massachusetts band called Mother's Milk. He had a home studio where he recorded demos with collaborators Brad Delp(vocals-died 3/9/07) and drummer/keyboardist Jim Masdea. After being signed by Epic on the strength of the demos, Delp formed a full band to record and tour- the first (and classic) lineup of Boston was born.
Consisting of Scholz, Delp, drummer Sib Hashian, bassist Fran Sheehan, and guitarist Barry Goudreau the band's debut album, BOSTON, sold 200,000 copies in a few weeks (eventually to sell 17 million copies over the years), and they were the first rock group in history to make their New York City debut headlining at Madison Square Garden in 1977.
On a personal note- I always think of the winter of 1976-77 as "The Winter of Boston". I was working at a ski area in Colorado, and every club was playing their music, every rock station gave you huge doses of them. They were the story in rock music during those icy, snowy days of '76-'77.
Boston spent an incredible amount of time between albums, producing only five records in the studio between 1976-2002. There has been many personnel changes over the years, too many to detail in this short space without becoming "boring you to tears". But the group is still rocking on. The current lineup of Boston is- Scholz (lead guitar); Michael Sweet, lead vocals and guitar; Tommy DeCarlo lead vocals and keyboards; Gary Pihi guitars, keyboards, backing vocals; Kimberly Dahme, bass and vocals; and Jeff Neal, drums and percussion.
Here, Boston's original lineup performs the title track from their second album, Don't Look Back (1978).
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Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in the Rutgers- Army football game. To send Eric a "Get Well" message click his photo.
Eric LeGrand BELIEVE Fund
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
Seriously....I hope to entertain and maybe inform, and even teach the reader about a few subjects. And don't be alarmed by the political trappings you may see here. I'm upfront about my political beliefs and affiliations, but I don't wear my politics on my sleeve, and have and always will refuse to be locked into a rigid dogma. This is not really a political blog; its just disguised as one.
My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
So pour a cup of coffee, cut a piece of cheesecake.....and stick around for a few minutes.
Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".