Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Boston's best-known works include the songs "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", "Foreplay/Long Time", "Rock and Roll Band", "Smokin'", "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda". They have sold over 50 million albums worldwide, including 31 million albums in the United States.
The debut album, Boston, released in August 1976, was an enormous success. The record ranks as the best-selling debut album in U.S. history with over 18 million copies sold.
During the summer and fall of 1976, Boston attracted much publicity due to the unprecedented record sales by an unknown act, its unique sound, singer Brad Delp's abilities, and founder Tom Scholz' unusual scientific background. However, there was "a conscious effort to deemphasize him as the total mastermind behind Boston." After opening for Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Foghat and others, the band embarked on a headlining tour in the winter & spring of 1977 to support the album. This helped establish Boston as one of rock's top acts within a short time. Boston was the first band in history to make their New York City debut at Madison Square Garden.
The album spawned one #2 single, "More Than a Feeling," chosen in 2009 as the quintessential song of the 70s by video site Ryeberg, and two other Top 40 hits, "Long Time" and "Peace of Mind". Additionally, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts. Eleven years later, Boston would reappear in the Billboard Top 200, reaching #101, and again in 2006 following the release of Scholz' remastering of the original recording.
Boston released a compilation album in 1997, entitled simply Boston: Greatest Hits. The album featured all of the band's hit singles except "We're Ready", along with three new songs, "Higher Power," (the first new Boston song with Delp on vocals since 1986), "Tell Me" (with bassist David Sikes on vocals) and an instrumental version of the "Star Spangled Banner." Smith and Sikes left the band in late 1997 after the "Greatest Hits" tour.
Tom Scholz, the band's founder and lead guitarist
Scholz headed back to the studio in 1998 to begin work on a fifth album, which eventually turned out to be Corporate America. Two tracks were leaked in 1999, but the album did not come out until 2002. The title track of "Corporate America" was uploaded by Tom Scholz to MP3.com under the pseudonym of "Downer's Revenge" in early 2002 in order to test the album's appeal to a younger demographic.
November 2002 marked the official release of Corporate America on the independent label Artemis Records. This album featured the largest Boston lineup ever; returning members included Delp and Cosmo on guitar and lead vocals, Scholz on lead guitar and organ, and Gary Pihl on guitar, along with the new members: Anthony Cosmo (Fran Cosmo's son) on rhythm guitar, Jeff Neal on drums and Kimberley Dahme on bass and vocals. Dahme, Delp and Cosmo all contributed lead vocals to the album. The group embarked on a national tour in support of the album in 2003 and 2004.
Also in 2006, the first two Boston albums appeared in remastered form.
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