Tom Scholz, mastermind of the rock band Boston, has lost his defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and its longtime Inside Track writers Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa. The lawsuit centered on the question of what caused Brad Delp, Boston’s lead singer, to commit suicide in 2007. On Wednesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frances A. McIntyre ruled that it is ultimately impossible to know what caused Delp to kill himself.
Her decision ends three years of testimony that laid bare not only the complicated final months of the singer of such hits as “More Than a Feeling” and “Don’t Look Back,” but also the bitter band member squabbles that had lingered decades after the dissolution of the most successful version of the group. Scholz continues to record as Boston with various other musicians.