Sib Hashian, former drummer for Boston, dies at 67

Anyone who listened to FM rock radio at the end of 1976 couldn’t help but air drum along with Sib Hashian during a classic percussion moment: two drumbeats with both sticks and a quick cymbal crash that threw open the door to the soaring guitar solo in Boston’s “Foreplay/Long Time.”

Those three beats fall not quite two and half minutes into a song that stretches for more than seven and a half minutes on the band’s self-titled first album, which sold some 17 million copies in the United States alone, becoming one of the most successful debuts in history.

That brief indelible passage for Mr. Hashian – who was just as unforgettable visually in those days because of his expansive Afro – was also a memorable moment for the classic rock genre.

“He was a legend, and I don’t think there’s a day that goes by today that I don’t hear his drumming on the radio,” said car magnate Ernie Boch, a longtime friend who played alongside Mr. Hashian for several years, beginning in 2004, in the band Ernie and the Automatics. “I listen to classic rock all the time, and if you listen to classic rock, you hear Sibby Hashian play every day.”


Sib Hashian, Drummer for the Band Boston, Collapses and Dies Mid-Performance on Cruise Ship

Sib Hashian, drummer for the chart-topping classic rock outfit Boston, died Wednesday evening after collapsing mid-performance aboard a cruise ship. He was 67 years old.

“I can confirm that my father Sib passed away last night,” Hashian’s son Adam tells PEOPLE. “It’s tough to lose him — he was a thoughtful guy with many friends and an amazing grandfather.”

The musician had been booked as part of the Legends of Rock themed cruise when he collapsed without warning partway through his set. Hashian was treated with CPR and a defibrillator onboard, to no avail. The cause of death remains unknown at this time, but Adam tells PEOPLE the family believes it may have been a heart attack.

The voyage began on March 18 in Florida, and was scheduled to make various Caribbean stops including the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. The cruise will continue, with additional musicians performing in tribute to Hashian.

The late drummer played on nearly every song (save for “Rock & Roll Band”) on Boston’s eponymous 1976 debut. The album, which included the smash hit “More Than a Feeling,” sold upwards of 25 million copies, making it among the biggest sellers in music history.

In addition to wife Suzanne, daughter Aja and son Adam, Hashian is survived by his daughter Lauren as well as granddaughter Jasmine, her child with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

TMZ was first to report the news.

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies onstage

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian — who not only had one of the greatest afros in history, but was likely one of the most air-drummed musicians ever – died onstage Wednesday.

Hashian’s son Adam reportedly told TMZ the 67-year-old was performing on a Legends of Rock cruise when he suddenly collapsed during the set. CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used with no luck.
The cruise began March 18 in Florida and was traveling to various places, including the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. TMZ reported the cruise will continue with other musicians paying tribute to Hashian.

Hashian played on Boston’s self-titled debut record, which was released in 1976 and sold more than 17 million copies.

Hashian’s daughter, Lauren, has a daughter with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Boston is scheduled to play the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View with Joan Jett on June 14.

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