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Boston Pays Tribute to Late Drummer Sib Hashian

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Boston is remembering their early drummer Sib Hashian today. Hashian died while on board the Legends of Rock cruise with fellow ex-Boston member Barry Goudreau.

“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sib Hashian who unexpectedly passed away yesterday,” they wrote on Facebook. “Sib’s high energy drumming on the early Boston albums and tours leaves a legacy that will be remembered by millions.”

Other musicians, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is in a relationship with Hashian’s daughter, have also weighed in on the drummer’s passing:

 

Back in the ’70s, Hashian replaced original Boston drummer Jim Masdea at the direction of Epic Records, and his relationship with Scholz seemed to be strained from the first.

He appeared on Boston’s 1976 self-titled debut, playing on all but one track – but only after Scholz painstakingly guided Hashian through the album’s original six-song demo, so that his performance matched Masdea’s. Scholz kept the old drum track for “Rock ‘n Roll Band,” and even added some of his own parts.

Their 1978 follow up Don’t Look Back wasn’t preceded by a similar demo, however, and the exacting Scholz resorted to editing different Hashian takes together to achieve the sounds he wanted. The title track, Scholz later said, boasted over 60 splices. “I’m now pretty good with a razor blade and tape in the studio,” he told the fan site Boston.org in 2002.

By the time Boston issued Third Stage in 1986, Hashian had been replaced by Masdea. That followed a lengthy legal tangle that pitted Scholz against members of his band and CBS Records. In the interim, the now-departed Barry Goudreau released a 1980 solo album that also featured Hashian and Boston lead singer Brad Delp, as well as future band vocalist Fran Cosmo. Hashian later sued Scholz for back royalties; they settled out of court.

Hashian then turned his attentions to business pursuits, opening a chain of Boston-area tanning salons and a record shop. He only occasionally sat in with former Boston bandmates, most notably as part of the Ernie and the Automatics with Goudreau.

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