The Daily Cut: Boston “More Than a Feeling”

Boston: “More Than a Feeling”

ALBUM:  Boston

YEAR:  1976

WRITER:  Tom Scholz

Peaked at number-five on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the late 90’s, Boston’s late singer Brad Delp recalled that during the band’s first headlining tour in the winter of ’76 and ’77, he had trouble at times believing just how popular they’d become. “More Than a Feeling” was already Top Five, but Delp figured there was no way a new band was going to sell out the legendary 5,000 capacity Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.  When they arrived in the morning, there was a line around the block.  Boston played ‘More Than a Feeling’ 3 times that night. Once during the set, then again as an encore because they didn’t have that much material in those days. Bill Graham came back and said, ‘They’re not leaving, you gotta go out and play something else.’  But that was all the songs they had so they came out and played it a third time and everyone sang along.  It ended up being one of the most exciting and magical shows they played.

On October 28th, 1983, CBS Records — whose Epic subsidiary Boston recorded for — sued the group for breach of contract for failing to deliver albums on time.

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