- Released: January 28, 2009
- Label: Universal Japan
Boston: Brad Delp (vocals); Tom Scholz (acoustic & electric guitars, piano, organ, bass, drums).
Additional personnel: Gary Pihl (guitar); Jim Masdea (drums, percussion).
During the eight-year hiatus between DON'T LOOK BACK, Boston's sophomore release, and 1986's THIRD STAGE, every member left the band, save guitarist/leader Tom Scholz and singer Brad Delp. And while many other '70s rock monsters struggled to stay afloat in the '80s, Boston had no problem making the transition. THIRD STAGE was another big hit, powered by the Top-10 power ballad "Amanda."
Boston doesn't stray from its classic sound here. THIRD STAGE standouts such as "We're Ready," "Cool the Engines," and "Hollyann" pick up right where DON'T LOOK BACK left off. Fans hoping that they wouldn't have to wait as long for their next Boston fix were let down again. It would be another eight years before 1994's WALK ON hit the racks.