Boston mastermind Tom Scholz reflected on his early career, calling himself an “outsider” whose emergence as a ’70s rock giant “really pissed people off.”
âI wasn’t part of a scene, not the crowd that recorded or performed in LA or New York,â said the multi-instrumentalist. Rock candy, thinking back to the group’s eponymous beginnings in 1976. âI was not part of the drug culture; I didn’t know. I was not at parties. I didn’t do any of these things.
“I was like this riddle coming out of nowhere, and it really pissed people off,” he continued. “There were a lot of people, and still are today, who are totally angry with me and the music of Boston. They will never understand what was in that music or what it was. there was behind it, or, once it was successful, what I intended to do with it, that part was not enjoyable.
Boston, which Scholz largely recorded in the basement studio of his Massachusetts home, resulted in a multi-platinum crash – spawning classic rock tunes like “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind” and “Foreplay / Long Time”. But the songwriter had a practical mindset about the project, assuming it probably wasn’t going anywhere.
âI was going to send demos,â he said. “And assuming I only got rejections, which I thought, I was going to take all the equipment apart, sell it all, and get what little I could of the money I had spent.”
In 2020, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet recalled his short term tenure with Boston, joining in 2007 following the death of frontman Brad Delp. âBoston’s debut album changed my life,â noted Sweet. “Mainly because of the voice of Brad Delp.”
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