According to band leader Tom Scholz, the brand new Boston album is 85% complete. The album should be out before the end of the year, and it will be the first new release from Boston since 'Corporate America' in 2002.

Scholz said the new work will feature vocals from the late Brad Delp, who took his own life in 2007. Apparently the band had been working on new material at the time, and several songs might feature the original singer. Scholz also said the new album will be a conscious effort to create the trademark sound of the band for its legion of fans. On recent tours, Boston has used several different vocalists including Michael Sweet from the band Stryper, who handled a majority of lead vocal duties. Sweet has left the band due to other commitments, and Scholz indicated that other vocalists will be featured prominently, in addition to those of Delp.

Tom Scholz is a master in the studio, and it sounds like he is focusing on paying tribute to Brad Delp, as well as delivering a purist's album for Boston fans. No firm release date has been set. Check out a high rez video of Boston performing 'Amanda' with original vocalist Brad Delp: (via

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