Tom Sholz Wasn't Sure Boston's First Album Was 'That Great'

(Classic Rock) Boston mainman Tom Scholz has recalled how he refused to quit his job as his 1976 Boston album took off - because he didn't think it was "that great." And when he finally decided to end his career as an engineer with the Polaroid corporation, his boss warned him that making a career in music was a "one in a million shot."

Scholz says the first Boston concert was received in silence by a bewildered crowd. But the second, which took place after More Than A Feeling had been released as a single, caused such a reaction that he couldn't head himself play. The third event resulted in a riot. "The promoter was arrested," the guitarist recalls. "It was great!"

By the time the album was a hit, one boss at Polaroid asked him: "Don't you think you ought to quit?" But he says: "I didn't really trust it." His thinking was: "People seemed to like it - but I'm not sure it's that great."

When the time came to leave the firm, another boss warned him against making the move, citing the one-in-a-million argument. Three years later the pair met in an elevator, and Scholz told him: "Somebody's got to be the one."

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