John “Sib” Hashian wasn’t the original drummer for Boston – and he wouldn’t be the last – but he was the drummer for the band’s successful self-titled debut album and its followup, Don’t Look Back. (Boston has sold over 17 million albums to date, including over seven million for its second album.)
In 1975 Hashian replaced original drummer Jim Masdea, who returned for the band’s third album. The band is famous for its multi-layered guitars, creating a 1970s version of Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound.”
At the time of his death, Hashian was playing on a Legends of Rock Cruise with fellow Boston vet Barry Goudreau, as well as former members of Kansas, the Beach Boys and Paul Revere & The Raiders.