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Boston's Don't Look Back

Sept 16th, 2023 celebrates Boston‘s 45th anniversary of “Don’t Look Back” hitting #1 in America on the charts. The music industry has a saying on the band’s second album called, “The Sophomore Jinx.” The follow-up to one of the best self-titled debut albums ever. Selling 20 million albums worldwide making it the best debut album in history. Don’t Look Back, released, on August 15th, 1978. In just 10 days the 2nd album sold 1 million copies of Boston’s Don’t Look Back.

Back To The Hideaway Basement Studio

To follow up their 1st album success Tom Scholz went back to his basement recording studio. Now back in 1978 very few artists had a basement recording studio to call their own. The record company was also pretty reluctant to let Tom Scholz use his again. The second album was also the start of Tom’s legal battle against the record label Epic Records.  To capitalize on fame record executives pushed him to release the record early. Tom said the record wasn’t ready

Ever Notice The Band logo? 

Tom Scholz, guitarist and songwriter, wanted a guitar on the cover. Paula Scher was the design artist for the 1st album. Paula and Epic Record’s product manager compromised with an upside-down guitar-shaped spaceship. It was such a success that was repeated and a theme for more records in the future for Boston.

The Hits Just Keep On Coming


The Don’t Look Back Original Pressing from 1978

Don’t Look Back“, “A Man I’ll Never Be” and “Feelin’ Satisfied” were all released as singles, reaching No. 4, 31, and 46 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

  1. Don’t Look Back
    Released: August 1978
  2. A Man I’ll Never Be
    Released: November 1978 
  3. Feelin’ Satisfied
    Released: March 1979 

Boston Line Up Didn’t Change

The second album had more of the same chemistry as the debut album. Brad Delp still had those incredible lead vocals, and harmony vocals and added acoustic guitar, piano, and tambourine for this album. Tom Scholz took care of a lot of instruments,  pianos, organs, lead guitar, electric rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, guitar special effects, bass guitar, hand claps, and more. Tom once again repeated what he said on the first debut album, No synthesizers or computers used.  Barry Goudreau, slide guitar, lead guitar. Fran Sheehan on bass guitar. Sib Hashian on drums.

A Little Un-Known Fact About The Album

The album was almost called, Arrival, to keep the spaceship logo theme. But the Swedish group called ABBA already had an album with that title. So the idea was scrapped.

Don’t Look Back Tour 78-79

The tour played a total of 190 concerts around the world. Made a stop in Detroit, Michigan, no foolin’ April 1st, 1979 at Cobo Arena.


These 20 Artists Have Sold the Most Concert Tickets in the Past 40+ Years

Pollstar, a tour industry publication, has released a list of the artists who have sold the most concert tickets since 1980. On that list are some of rock’s most iconic acts.

Topping the concert ticket sales list was U2 with over 26 million tickets sold. Pollstar noted of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group’s humble early days, “U2’s first show recorded in the archives was a performance for 1,440 patrons at Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on Nov. 29, 1981, during the band’s “October” tour supporting their second studio album. It was the fourth headlining trek in the group’s touring history and ran for about one year, wrapping in August 1982.”

A number of major rock acts are scattered throughout the top 2o of the massive 150 artist ranking. Among them are Bon Jovi, the Eagles, Metallica, Paul McCartney and more.

Scroll below and see which acts made the top 20 of Pollstar’s Top Touring Artists list along with their total touring grosses.

  • 20. Ed Sheeran

    Tickets sold: 11,865,380

  • 19. Tim McGraw

    Tickets sold: 12,266,482

  • 18. George Strait

    Tickets sold: 12,287,930

  • 17. Coldplay

    Tickets sold: 12,532,987

  • 16. Neil Diamond

    Tickets sold: 12,948,499

  • 15. Rod Stewart

    Tickets sold: 13,173,925

  • 14. Jimmy Buffett

    Tickets sold: 13,297,669

  • 13. Aerosmith

    Tickets sold: 13,336,974

  • 12. Phish

    Tickets sold: 13,501,959

  • 11. Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    Tickets sold: 15,276,864

  • 10. Grateful Dead

    Tickets sold: 15,549,243

  • 9. Kenny Chesney

    Tickets sold: 16,410,448

  • 8. Billy Joel

    Tickets sold: 16,973,102

  • 7. Bon Jovi

    Tickets sold: 17,750,044

  • 6. Metallica

    Tickets sold: 19,468,173

  • 5. Elton John

    Tickets sold: 19,756,467

  • 4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Tickets sold: 20,845,687

  • 3. The Rolling Stones

    Tickets sold: 22,137,799

  • 2. Dave Matthews Band

    Tickets sold: 23,279,056

  • 1. U2

    Tickets sold: 26,178,043



Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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