Posted: 4:44 pm Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
I have posted several times about my first concert experience, it was February 10th 1977, I was 14. There were a lot of firsts that night as well, first time getting the munchies…..if you know what I mean! First concert t-shirt, which I proudly wore to West Babylon Junior High the next day…..it was a badge of honor!
Through the years, members of the “band” have come and gone, and after many painful reads we found out that Boston wasnt really a band after all. Sure they toured and played the songs, but the songs were recorded basically by one guy who played just about all the parts. The vocals were all sung by one guy. So the men listed on the back of the album, were hired guns, and we bought it. This bothered me when I got older, because I felt like I had been cheated. I wanted to believe that these guys hung together, went over each others houses and were a gang. When in reality, it was only two members who signed with the record label and the other three were there, acting the part.
This photo of them makes it look like they were a band…..and we bought it!
A few years ago, and I remember it was a Friday night, Captain “Buzzkill” who I know as a different name, and he was a guy who spent part of his career in the Boston area and knew these guys. He came into the WBAB studios and said Brad Delp passed away. I opened my show with Foreplay/Long Time, and a few weeks later we learned that he had killed himself, we thought the music would end there, but we were wrong. There is a band calling themselves Boston, with the guy who wrote and played everything at the helm, and those songs live on.
Through the years we learned about the ugly lawsuits and gag orders that people have on them. Ever notice how none of the members of the “band” wrote a book??
Today I learned of another Boston band death, and that was drummer Sib Hashian. Sib to me at age 14 was a hero, I had his poster on my bedroom wall and as a drummer myself, he was in my favorite band, and when I sat at the Nassau Coliseum I was in awe! So this blog post is for everyone who went to see a band play, fell in love with the members and the music and then found out later in life that it was mostly smoke and mirrors.
I met Sib a few years ago, he understood that I was a fan and even more that I was a drummer and he was cool. He told me he was instructed to play everything, note for note, no exceptions….it was a job! However I dare you not to play air drums the next time WBAB plays a Boston song, the drumming on those songs is well thought out and are excellent.
I found these very funny videos of Sib Hashian, who showed that he was a funny guy, appeared to be down to earth and was a regular guy like the rest of us.
Rest in peace Sib, from that kid in section 305!