Boston's Bass Player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by grooveguru, Nov 26, 2001.

  1. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Does anyone remember who Boston's bass player was? I was listening to them and really enjoyed his tasty melodic lines.
  2. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Fran Sheehan on the recorded stuff... Some other guy whose name escapes me for their later years...

  3. Actually, Tom Scholtz plays bass on Third Stage. But Sheehan was on the only two albums that mattered.
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  4. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Actually, there is a lot of bad blood about this. Scholz has claimed he played most of the bass on ALL the albums, Sheehan of course disagrees :rolleyes:

    Last time I heard of Fran Sheehan he was playing in Top 40 cover bands here in the Boston area.
  5. I think Scholz claimed a lot of the drum work, too. On the one hand, I can see him trying to get away with it, since he was such a studio maven. On the other hand, the playing and tone on the first two albums is so superior to the root-five crap on Third Stage that I'm inclined to go with Sheehan in this argument.

    Scholz did throw Sheehan a writing credit on "Cool The Engines," though. :rolleyes:

    BTW--ever see the "More Than A Feeling" video? Sheehan looks possessed. Not the kind of guy I'd want to be arguing with!
  6. Greetings fro Atlantic City !! Wikipedia says "Sikes" played on Third Stage. Fran Sheehan for the early stuff. LOVE the early stuff!!
  7. led4thehed2


    Sep 29, 2008
    Based on everything I've read, my research has led me to believe that Tom Scholz played all or nearly all the bass parts.

    A little digging and you'll quickly find many claims that he did most all guitars, bass, and organ. If I'm not mistaken Scholz's demos, with Bradley Delp's vocals, got them a record contract and he basically had to hire another guitar player, drummer, and bassist to plays the parts live/actually from a band. Make no mistake- Tom Scholz IS Boston, and he hires who he pleases to create a "band".
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  8. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    From what I've read and heard too. Scholz is playing everything except the singing and Sib Hashian redid some of the drum parts from the demos
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