|Years active 1976–present|
Labels Epic, MCA, Artemis
Name List Boston
|Associated acts Cosmo, Ernie and the Automatics, Orion the Hunter, Return to Zero, Stryper|
Members Tom Scholz Gary Pihl Curly Smith Jeff Neal Tommy DeCarlo Tracy Ferrie Beth Cohen
Past members Brad Delp Jim Masdea Fran Sheehan Sib Hashian Barry Goudreau David Sikes Doug Huffman Fran Cosmo Anthony Cosmo Anthony Citrinite Tom Hambridge Michael Sweet David Victor Kimberley Dahme
Role Rock band · bandboston.com
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States (1975)
Lead singers Brad Delp, Tommy DeCarlo, Michael Sweet, Fran Cosmo
Albums Third Stage, Greatest Hits, Boston, Don't Look Back
Genres Hard rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock
Similar REO Speedwagon, Kansas, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Blue Oyster Cult
The following list features musicians who have worked with the band Boston.
- Current members
- Former members
- Tom Scholz
- Gary Pihl
- Tommy DeCarlo
- Curly Smith
- Tracy Ferrie
- Bradley Delp
- Sib Hashian
- Fran Sheehan
- Barry Goudreau
- Jim Masdea
- David Sikes
- Doug Huffman
- Fran Cosmo
- Anthony Cosmo
- Anthony Citrinite
- Tom Hambridge
- Michael Sweet
- Kimberley Dahme
- Jeff Neal
- David Victor
- Beth Cohen
Donald Thomas "Tom" Scholz (born March 10, 1947) is the primary songwriter, musician and founding member of Boston. He is also a notable inventor, businessman, and social activist. Much of the recording equipment used by Boston had either been built or modified by Scholz himself. Scholz is known for taking his time to perfect Boston's albums; Boston's last three studio albums have been released in 8-year intervals. Scholz has been the only member of Boston to remain for the entire run.
Gary Pihl has been the guitarist for Boston since the departure of Barry Goudreau. He remained with the group for three albums: Third Stage, Walk On and Corporate America, and continues to tour with the band. He was also heavily involved in Scholz Research & Development and the development of the Rockman line of guitar amplifiers. Prior to Boston, he played with Sammy Hagar and with several other bands.
Tommy DeCarlo was a long time Boston fan who sang on stage at the Brad Delp Tribute concert. With a vocal style very reminiscent of Delp, DeCarlo then posted several Boston songs on his website (featuring his vocals) and was later tapped by Scholz to be the lead vocalist for Boston's 2008, 2012, & 2014 world tours.
Curly Smith was the drummer in Boston from 1994-1997. He played drums on the Walk On tour and the 2012 & 2014 Summer tours.
Tracy Ferrie played the bass guitar on the 2012 & 2014 Summer tours.
Bradley E. "Brad" Delp (June 12, 1951 in Danvers, Massachusetts – March 9, 2007 in Atkinson, New Hampshire) was the lead vocalist of Boston from 1976 up until his death by suicide. He also contributed backup vocals, guitar, harmonica, and keyboards on several Boston albums. While on hiatus from the band, he played in a Beatles tribute band called Beatlejuice. He cited The Beatles as his greatest musical influence. He was also lead vocalist for the Return to Zero and Delp-Goudreau, along with former Boston member Barry Goudreau. Delp sings on all Boston albums except for Walk On.
Sib Hashian (August 17, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts - March 22, 2017 en route to Nassau, Bahamas) was the drummer for Boston on the group's first two studio albums and also provided drums for a few tracks on Third Stage. Hashian left the band in the early 1980s.
Fran Sheehan was brought in to play bass shortly after the band signed a recording contract in 1975. He left the group midway through the Third Stage sessions (he received a songwriting credit for "Cool the Engines").
Barry Goudreau (born November 29, 1951) was one of the original guitarists of Boston until he left in 1981. Since leaving, Goudreau has teamed up with several Boston members on various projects, including the band Orion the Hunter, Return to Zero, Delp-Goudreau, Ernie and the Automatics and various tours, appearances and EPs.
Jim Masdea was the original drummer for Boston. He was replaced by Sib Hashian in 1976, just before the band released its debut album. However, he had been heavily involved in arranging the songs for the debut album, receiving an arranger credit, and did play drums on one song, "Rock and Roll Band." He returned to the lineup for the Third Stage album and tour. Masdea received the sole writing credit for the Third Stage instrumental song "A New World."
David Sikes was invited to audition for Boston by the band's guitarist Gary Pihl. Sikes began as the bass player for Boston for the Third Stage tour in 1987. Sikes played on four tours (87, 88, 95 and 97) with Boston from 1987-1997 and is credited with co-writing five songs on the Walk On album released in 1994, "He was an asset in the recording of the album Walk On," says Boston's founding member Tom Scholz. Sikes also sings lead vocals on the song "Tell Me", the opening track of the band's 1996 Greatest Hits album. Sikes also played bass for the bands Aldo Nova and Guiffria, previous to joining Boston. Sikes retired from the music business after the 97 tour and now resides in the San Francisco bay area with his wife and two sons.
Doug Huffman was the second drummer for Boston on the Third Stage tour. Was allegedly fired by Tom Scholz for sharing demos from the Walk On sessions.
Fran Cosmo was featured as the sole lead vocalist on the platinum Boston album Walk On and Corporate America. He also sang and played guitar on the tours associated with these albums. He was also the lead singer of Orion The Hunter, a group founded by former Boston lead guitarist Barry Goudreau.
Anthony Cosmo is Fran Cosmo's son. He wrote and performed several songs on the album Corporate America and the follow-up tour. He and his father were later sued by Scholz for improper use of the Boston name after they departed in 2006. The suit was settled out of court.
Anthony Citrinite performed at the New Year's 2001 performance at the Fiesta Bowl. Was briefly a member in 2001-2002.
Tom Hambridge briefly replaced Anthony Citrinite on drums in 2002, before being replaced by Jeff Neal.
Michael Sweet was named new lead vocalist of Boston after performing at the Brad Delp Tribute in 2007. He left Boston in August 2011 to focus on his other band, Stryper, whose latest album "No More Hell to Pay" was released on November 5, 2013.
Kimberley Dahme is the first female member of the band. Kimberley's forte is actually country music which she writes and records in Nashville where she lives. Tom Scholz was looking for a drummer and a bassist and happened to hear her perform in New England and asked her if she could play bass. Her response was that she could learn. She began performing with Boston at the 2002 Fiesta Bowl and played on the Corporate America album and tour. She has also performed in a Boston cover band, and has several country solo albums. In 2014, she toured with the band playing guitar and providing background vocals.
Jeff Neal is a drummer who joined Boston in 2002. He participated in the recording of Corporate America and toured with the band in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2014.
David Victor played guitar and shared lead vocals with Tommy DeCarlo, joining BOSTON for their 2012 summer tour.
Beth Cohen lent background vocals on “You Gave Up on Love,” which appeared on BOSTON’s latest release, Life, Love & Hope in 2012, as well as on the earlier version which was released on Corporate America in 2002. She is touring with the band on the 2015 Summer tour, providing keyboards, vocals, and rhythm guitar.