The Mighty Mighty Bosstones break up after nearly 40 years

"We could not have done any of it without you."

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Lisa Johnson

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have called it quits.

“After decades of brotherhood, touring the world and making great records together, we have decided to no longer continue on as a band,” the Boston group wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“Above all, we want to express our sincere gratitude to every single one of you who have supported us,” they wrote. “We could not have done any of it without you.”


While it’s not clear what led to the decision, Rolling Stone notes that the song “Heart of Freedom,” used to promote Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s recent anti-vaccine mandate rally in Washington, D.C., was produced by lead singer Dicky Barrett — “or at least someone with the same name,” the magazine reported.


Though the song is credited to Kennedy Jr., singer-songwriter Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash has threatened legal action for the interpolation of his 1971 song “Chicago (We Can Change the World)” in the track, Rolling Stone reported.

Formed in Boston in 1983, the Bosstones released 11 albums spanning from “Devil’s Night Out” (1989) to “When God Was Great” (2021).

By far the group’s biggest hit was “The Impression That I Get,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1997. The group performed it on “Saturday Night Live” in October of that year.

The band is also known for hosting Hometown Throwdown, an annual music festival usually performed between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in venues in the Boston area.

The last Hometown Throwdown in 2019 included ska and punk bands such as Art Thieves, Walker Raiders, Suicide Machines, Rebuilder, and Big D and the Kids Table.


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