A Photolog of Fame: Boston from Inception to Today
Boston began when Tom Scholz was attending college at MIT. Scholz began writing music and joined a band called Freehold with guitarist Barry Goudreau and drummer Jim Maseda. Scholz graduated and began working for Polaroid. He used his salary to build a recording studio and finance demo tapes. Along with Goudreau, Maseda, and vocalist Brad Delp, they recorded a series of demos that were at first rejected by record companies.
Promoters Paul Ahern and Charlie McKenzie helped the band sign a deal with Epic Records. Sib Hashian and bassist Fran Sheehan became part of Boston after Maseda’s departure. Their debut album, Boston, was released on August 25, 1976. It sold over 17 million copies, making it one of the best-selling debut albums in US history.
Their next albums were Don’t Look Back (1978) and Third Stage (1986). Goudreau left (1981), and Doug Huffman and David Sikes later joined the band. Delp left in 1990 but returned in 2002; however, he tragically committed suicide in 2007. Boston’s next three albums were Walk On (1994), Corporate America (2002), and Life, Love & Hope in 2013.
In 2016, Boston celebrated their 40th anniversary. The band’s current lineup consists of Scholz, Gary Pihl, Curly Smith, Jeff Neal, Tommy DeCarlo, Tracy Ferrie, and Beth Cohen.