According to TMZ, former BOSTON drummer John Thomas “Sib” Hashian has died at the age of 67. His son, Adam, tells TMZ the drummer was on the Legends of Rock Cruise and was midset when he suddenly collapsed. A witness says CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used but to no avail.
Hashian was reluctantly chosen by BOSTON founder Tom Scholz in 1975 to replace original drummer Jim Masdea when Epic Records demanded that Masdea be replaced for recording. Hashian is heard on Boston’s self-titled debut album, as well as on the follow-up Don’t Look Back, although the drum parts he played on many tracks were note-for-note transcriptions of Masdea’s original drum arrangements. Hashian was involved in the early sessions for BOSTON‘s Third Stage album, but was later replaced when Masdea returned.