Boston Is Back: An In-Depth Conversation with Guitar Legend Tom Scholz

By Russell Hall |01.21.2014

Beginning with Boston s mega-selling 1976 self-titled debut, the pioneering guitarist has always insisted on creative autonomy, hunkering down in his basement studio, often for years, to craft the songs, sounds and arrangements that meet his exacting standards. Seemingly interminable gaps between albums have been common, but the musical riches on each Boston release have always been worth the wait.

Life, Love & Hope , Boston s first album in 11 years, offers perfect proof of that fact. Rife with Scholz s majestic guitar work distinguished by one of the most recognizable tones in rock the album hews close to the classic style that first put Boston on the map all those years ago. Roiled by the tragic death of lead singer Brad Delp in 2007, Scholz settled on a vocalist-by-committee approach for the disc, even stepping up to the microphone to sing one song himself. And, as always, he turned exclusively to his legendary  68 Les Pauls to produce those glorious guitar sounds.

 These are all songs from the heart, he says,  each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston's harshest critic, me. They have all been meticulously recorded to analog tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston's hits for the past 35 years.

Scholz spoke with us recently about the making of the album, his distinctive guitar sound, and why he regards the guitar as a  symphonic instrument. He also talked at length about the new Tom Scholz 1968 Les Paul signature guitar--#10 in Gibson s Collector's Choice"! series which he and Gibson worked together to produce last year.


As another year begins, we want to thank all of our fans for their enthusiastic support for BOSTON's new album, "Life, Love & Hope." We will be sure to add a few of the tracks to the set list for this summer's upcoming tour. We are extremely grateful to all of you for making it possible to do what we love to do!

At the inauguration of Boston's mayor Walsh on Monday January 6, Tom Scholz will have the honor of performing a few BOSTON songs with the Boston Pops at the festivities that follow.

In other cool news, "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," an Emmy-nominated web-series from the acclaimed PBS series, NOVA, will be featuring Tom on an upcoming episode.  Secret Life profiles today s leading scientists - and shows what they're like when the lab coats come off  like a biochemist who competed for Miss America and a microbiologist who's a professional wrestler. We will keep you posted once an air date is determined.

Chart Moves: Boston Returns to Charts

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart...

Boston, "Life Love & Hope" - No. 37 - It's the act's first new entry since 2002's "Corporate America" debuted and peaked at No. 42. The new album is also Boston's highest-charting set since 1994's "Walk On" entered and peaked at No. 7. This is the sixth studio effort for Boston, which saw its self-titled debut hit No. 3 in 1976.

OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson 2013

This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature music of Boston and Joe's brand new conversation with band mastermind Tom Scholz.

Reminder that all fans can stream online tonight at 8p PT / 11p ET on 100.3 The Sound / KSWD here:

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