Wed August 7th, 2002
Wed September 13th, 2000
Mon June 5th, 1995
Mon August 22nd, 1994
More Than A Feeling (2002)
Rock & Roll Band (1998)
Greatest Hits (1997)
Walk On (1994)
Third Stage (1990)
Boston (1986)
Tom Scholz (1975-Present), guitar/ keyboards/ percussion
In addition to their musical endeavors Tom Scholz (via his DTS Charitable Foundation) and Boston support a wide variety of charitable organizations including:

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


National Child Rights Alliance (NCRA)

The Vegetarian Resource Group

Vegetarian Pages

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Farming Association

The Fund for Animals

Friends of Animals

Farm Animal Reform Movement

In 1987 Scholz received the Mahatma Gandhi Award "for outstanding contribution to promotion of vegetarianism and animal rights" by an organization called Action For Life, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1988 the National Hospice Organization named Boston its "Man of the Year."

Scholz also combined his musical interests and engineering knowledge to invent the Power Soak (a device that enabled guitarists to achieve the meaty tones that high volume settings generate while playing at lower decibels) and the Rockman, which, as the name suggests, works just like a personal stereo for guitarists – enabling them to practice in privacy.

Both were products of Scholz Research & Design. In 1995 Scholz closed down the company and sold the Rockman to Dunlop Manufacturing. The Power Soak wasn't quite as successful in light of recent high tech developments in sound processing, though hard-core tech fiends can create their own DIY version of it.
Though Boston's roster has fluctuated over the years, the heart of the band is multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter, Tom Scholz. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he eventually relocated to Massachusetts where he earned both his undergraduate degree and Masters Degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology". After landing a gig as a product designer for the Polaroid Corporation it seemed his career path was set. But eventually he began pursuing an extracurricular interest in music and joined a local band that guitarist Barry Goudreau had started. The hobby began to grow, and before long Scholz had expanded beyond keyboards. He quickly began developing the guitar style that would become an integral part of Boston's signature sound.

Between his proliferating musical talents (he would eventually master a wide range of guitars, keyboards, percussion and electronic instruments) and technical skills (by the early '70s he had constructed the 12-track home studio where Boston recorded most of its debut album) Scholz assumed control of the band. By 1975, the quintet (Scholz, Goudreau, singer Brad Delp, bassist Fran Sheehan, drummer John "Sib" Hashian) had signed a contract with Epic Records and a year later Bostonąs self-titled debut (essentially the basement tapes from Scholz's studio with a few finishing touches) was released.

Boston was an instant success thanks to classic tracks like "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time" and "Peace of Mind." In the fall of 1976 it rocketed into the Top Ten, and held the distinction of being the best selling pop debut in chart history until nearly a decade later when Whitney Houston usurped it.

Conventional music biz wisdom of the day (in the '70s it was still standard practice for most artists to release albums annually) would have demanded that Boston capitalize on its debut momentum with a quick follow-up. But it took almost two years before Donąt Look Back was released ‹ after heavy pressure from Epic for new product. Unhappy with the conflicting demands of art and commerce, Scholz was determined that the next Boston album would be completed at a pace he determined. As a result, Third Stage wasn't issued until 1986. At this point Scholz and Delp were the only remaining members of the band.

The late '80s and early '90s were marked by flurries of litigation. First Goudreau filed suit against Scholz alleging that his former bandmate had damaged his solo career. The case never went to trial; the two musicians settled out of court. Then Scholz won a seven-year contest with Epic, which claimed that Scholz had violated the terms of Boston's contract by taking so much time between recordings. Scholz turned the tables on the label and won a countersuit that forced the Epic to pay him millions of dollars in back royalties.

Fans had to wait until 1994 for the next Boston album, Walk On, which was basically a Scholz solo project. In 1991 Goudreau and Delp joined forces as RTZ and issued an album, Return To Zero the next year.
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