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John "Sib" Hashian (1949 - 2017)

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John "Sib" Hashian (1949 - 2017)

John “Sib” Hashian, the former original drummer for the rock band Boston who played on their self-titled debut item, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017, while playing onstage, according to multiple news sources. He was 67.

Hashian collapsed onstage while touring as part of the Legends of Rock Cruise. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.


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Hashian, who was born John Thomas Hashian Aug. 17, 1949, became Boston's drummer after the band's label, Epic Records, insisted on a replacement for band founder Tom Scholz's first-choice timekeeper, Jim Masdea. Hashian played on "Boston," which included the band's huge classic rock hit, "More Than a Feeling." He also played on Boston's next album, "Don't Look Back."

After leaving the band before it completed recording its "Third Stage" album, he played drums for Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau's eponymous 1980 solo album, which spawned the hit "Dreams."

Hashian went on to play off and on in other bands including Ernie and the Automatics. He also became a business owner of a record shop as well as a chain of tanning parlors in Boston. He lived in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

Hashian is survived by his wife, Suzanne; a son, Adam; two daughters, the songwriter Aja Hashian and the singer-songwriter Lauren Hashian; and Lauren's daughter with the actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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