Boston's long-awaited sixth album, 'Life, Love And Hope', will finally be released on 3rd December.
Multiple lineup changes, including the suicide of frontman Brad Delp in 2007, occurred over the last decade essentially delaying a new album.
The 2013 edition of Boston features leader/guitarist Tom Scholz, guitarists Gary Pihl and David Victor, singer Tommy DeCarlo, bassist Tracy Ferrie and drummer Curly Smith.
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The band have released an official statement about the new album saying it marks "an intentional effort by principal songwriter and producer Tom Scholz to capture the recognizable sound and energy of his original releases, combined with the musical sophistication expected from exceptional players and vocalists, all performing within the traditional framework of the well-known Boston sound."
Despite previous suggestions, 'Life, Love And Hope' will not feature the vocals of late singer Delp, who appeared on all five previous Boston albums, from the band's self-titled debut in 1976 to 'Corporate America' in 2002.
Boston live, 2008
Earlier this year Tom Scholz reported on the official Boston site that he was nearing completion of the final track, 'Someday', saying: "It might be the title track – it reminds me of the up-tempo rockers I wrote for the debut album over thirty years ago.
"After completing this mix I only need to redo vocals on a couple of the cuts, remix them, then sequence and master the album. After work on this project for over ten years I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel."
The official site also states that Scholz is starting work on a Boston live DVD, "as soon as the studio album is finished".
Last year Tommy DeCarlo said: "Tom's quite a perfectionist when it comes to his sound and his music; it's not always done in a timely fashion. But when it gets done it's fantastic. I'm with all the fans – I'm excited to hear it myself."
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