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Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Years Active: 1976–present
Genres: Rock, Hard Rock


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. To date, they have sold over 31 million albums in the United States alone.

Their debut album, “Boston,” released in August 1976, was an enormous success. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums cahrt and has been certified as selling 17x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album is the second best-selling debut album of all-time in the United States, after Guns N' Roses's “Appetite for Destruction.” The album spawned three singles, "More Than a Feeling" which peaked at #5 on the on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, "Foreplay/Long Time" which peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Peace of Mind," which peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Their second album, “Don't Look Back,” was officially released by Epic in August 1978. “Don't Look Back” sold over 7 million copies and has been certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA. The album's title track became a Top 5 hit. Additionally, two other singles, "A Man I'll Never Be" and "Feelin' Satisfied" went Top 40 and Top 50 respectively.

A series of legal troubles slowed progress toward the completion of the next album, which took six years to record and produce.

“Third Stage” was finally released in September 1986 and went to #1 on the Billboard 200. The lead single "Amanda" went to #1 on the Hot 100 and became the band's only #1 single. It was followed by the second Top 10 single from the album, "We're Ready," which reached #9.

Eight years passed between “Third Stage” and “Walk On,” which was released in June 1994. “Walk On” was certified platinum by the RIAA, and reached #7 on the Billboard 200. It produced one hit single, "I Need Your Love."

Scholz headed back to the studio in 1998 to begin work on a fifth album, which eventually turned out to be “Corporate America.” November 2002 marked the official release of “Corporate America” on the independent label, Artemis Records. The album peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200. This album featured the return of lead singer Brad Delp, who was absent on the previous full length album “Walk On.”