A year before releasing what quickly became the biggest selling debut album in music history, the band Boston did not even exist. In 1976 Tom Scholz‘s seven year basement tapes would emerge out of nowhere to re-write the record books on popularity and profits. The Cinderella story of Scholz and Boston tends to be reducedby some to astronomical numbers (over 17 million sold to date), which may seem appropriate for a brainiac M.I.T. mechanical engineering graduate. In this classic rock interview, Tom clearly explains that he never got into rock to be a rock star. While his first time at bat resulted in the grandest of slams, the subsequent releases from this musical mad scientist would unrealistically and unfairly be compared to Boston’s record-setting first release (only recently surpassed by Appetite for Destruction from Guns’n’Roses ).
( Tom Scholz, right, at Boston Marathon bombing benefit )
Over the almost forty years since his first epic release, Scholz has been characterized by some as reclusive, obstinate, ill-suited to the showbiz entertainment industry. Yet upon releases of their respective monumental debuts, what happened to Tom Scholz and Boston would later occur to G’N’R , Hootie and the Blowfish , and Alannis Morrisette. And where are they now? – Redbeard
( Left, Boston singer the late Brad Delp, Dallas 1987 )