Boston The Tragic History Of the Band, Death of Brad Delp & Tom Scholz Perfectionism



Whatever happened to the band Boston? They were behind hits such as ‘More Than a Feeling’

0:00 – Introduction of Boston
0:35 – Tom Scholz Early Beginnings With Boston
2:08 – Boston Gets A Record Deal
3:25 – Boston Tricks It’s Record Label
4:45 – Boston’s Second Album & Lawsuits
8:17 – Tom Scholz Creates A Company, Brad Delp Leaves
10:00 – Brad Delp Returns, Corporate America
11:25 – Brad Delp Passes Away

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Tom Scholz was the mastermind behind Boston. An MIT alumni and following graduation he would end up getting a job with Polaroid working as a product design engineer. Apart from tinkering with electronics, he also was into music, having played in a series of bands in the city of Boston with names like Middle Earth, Freehold and Mother’s Milk. While he spent a lot of time on the live music circuit, he quickly realized he wasnt going to get a record deal that way. It was then he turned his attention to recording demos in some local studios which never caught the interest of record labels. He soon built a twelve track recording studio in his basement and again record labels showed no interest in what he was creating.
It wasn’t until he enlisted the help of several musicians he had played on the local boston circuit that he finally got the attention of the labels. Guitarist Barry Goudreau, who Scholz played with in boston on the live music circuit would introduce him to singer Brad Delp. They worked on and created the songs that formed the first Boston album, albeit some of them with different names. San Francisco Day which was later to named Hitch A Ride, It Isn’t Easy which was re-titled Something About You, Foreplay, originally composed in 1969, Peace Of Mind, Rock ’N’ Roll Band, and the final track they recorded was called, Ninety Days which was later renamed More Than A Feeling. The hand claps on the song were even from Scholz first wife.
And you would think these songs would’ve created a bidding war with the record labels, but it didn’t. In fact most record labels passed on the demos. But in 1975, Tom, Scholz was contacted a representative from ABC Records named Charlie McKenzie. It had turned out by some strange twist of fate McKenzie had heard the demo while he was visiting a friend who worked at RCA records. That friends name was Paul Ahern. McKenzie and Ahern convinced Scholz to let them shop around the demo claiming they could get him a record deal. They would end up taking the demo to CBS owned Epic Records who showed interest, but prior to signing a deal they wanted to see the band perform live for executives.
Epic staff producer Tom Werman recalled to Classic Rock Magazine hearing the demos for the first time revealing “After More Than A Feeling, which sounded quite like the final product, and halfway through the second song, I stopped the tape. I couldn’t believe that this music was actually available to us, and told Ahern that if Lennie and I could see the band reproduce this live, we’d guarantee to sign them. ”
As Scholz turned to his live showcase for the record executives he knew he didn’t really have a band. Scholz would work with Delp as well as a bunch of local musicians they already knew from the Boston music scene for the live showcase, which took place at a warehouse space, which ended up belonging to Aerosmith. The band passed with flying colours and ended up signing an astounding 10 album deal that would last 6 years. While it may seem crazy, that was the standard contract that was given to bands back then.
However, things started to turn sour for Scholz when Epic Records told him that they wanted to re-record the demos in a studio setting with an experienced producer. The label suggested John Boylan who met with Scholz where the pair hatched a pretty impressive scheme. Instead of going to LA to re-record the demos, which Scholz thought was pointless, He would stay home in Boston and work in his basement sprucing up the demos to give the record label something that seemed more polished. Meanwhile, the rest of the band would go to Los Angeles to work on new material that would turn into the song Let Me Take You Home Tonight, Scholz stayed home, fastidiously gussying up the demos to give Epic something that sounded like a more p

21 comments

  1. Was lucky enough to see Boston in 1987. I enjoyed every second of it and couldn't believe I was actually seeing them in concert.

  2. Boston sold out to get out of their contract . Corporate America is all you need to know ! Sing a few songs to appease the left and BOOM you're good !

  3. A really sober if not negative way to sum up Boston's long career and all its facets: I think they all have have deserved better.

  4. Great content!!

    Delivery?

    Look up what "upspeak" is, listen to your video again noting that you do it in 95% of your sentences, then learn to stop doing it. It's exhausting to listen to and impossible to take seriously.

  5. Thank you so much. I enjoyed hearing the history behind one of my top 10 albums of all time, maybe my top 5. That first Boston album got me through some tough young teenage years! I still love it to this day. I hate to hear about Death, especially someone you loved and admired for so long, but this is am amazing story. I am now a definite subscriber. Keep bringing the stories of our classic rock bands. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

  6. Random Boston story:

    As a kid, I was home alone, doing homework and listening to a Boston CD. I said out “I wish there was a remote to turn the volume up” As I said that, the stereo raised to max.

    I ran outta the house, and straight to my grandparents. This stereo didn’t have a remote, or even the option for one. No one was home. Zero explanation for what happened.

    Anytime I hear Boston, I insanely think of that day!

  7. I can't believe you didn't even mention Sib. How can you have a video about the history of Boston and not mention Sib?

  8. One of the best rock albums of all time. Period .like way up there top ten. Disgusting disgraceful greedy music industry destroying every bond between musicians songwriters singers . Greedy greedy greeedy

  9. Boston's first and self titled album is a masterpiece! To this day, I share this album with younger generations and it blows their minds 🎶🤯❣️
    Thank you for an engrossing video on an underrated band that experienced many tragedies.
    Much love to you, yours, and all
    ✌️💙🎶

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