Boston founder Tom Scholz loses defamation suit

Tom Scholz, mastermind of the rock band Boston, lost his defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and its longtime Inside Track writers Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa because it is impossible to know what caused singer Brad Delp to kill himself in 2007, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frances A. McIntyre ruled today.

Barring an appeal, 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 inter-band squabbles that remained decades after Scholz split with the most popular version of the band.

Scholz sued the Herald after a series of articles by Fee and Raposa, published after Delp’s death, which he said blamed him for the singer’s decision to kill himself. The Herald denied the claim and countered with testimony from former Boston members, other local musicians, Delp’s doctor, and Delp’s friends, many of whom said the singer didn’t like Scholz, desperately wanted to quit the band, and felt tormented by his role as middleman in an ugly conflict between Boston’s founder and former band members.

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