Hashian with his daughter Lauren in 2011
|Birth name||John Thomas Hashian|
|Born||August 17, 1949|
|Genres||Rock music, blues rock|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, vocals|
|Years active||1975 –present|
|Associated acts||Boston, Ernie and the Automatics|
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.
After leaving Boston, Hashian sued Boston band leader Tom Scholz for back royalties and the two later settled out of court.
Other projects and recent history
Hashian was also the drummer for fellow Boston member Barry Goudreau's self-titled solo album which was released in 1980. The album achieved moderate success with the rock radio hit "Dreams".
Boston and the Barry Goudreau album were the last mainstream projects Hashian worked on. He went on to own a chain of tanning salons in Boston, as well as a small record shop . He occasionally plays gigs in the Boston area with former bandmates, including Goudreau, Fran Sheehan and also, prior to the singer's suicide in 2007, Brad Delp.
In 2001 he made his first stage appearance as an actor at the Cape Cod Repertory Theater in the world premiere of the play "9-Ball" written by his friend Art Devine.
In 2004 he returned to the stage at the Tremont Theater for the Boston premiere of "9-Ball" which he also produced along with Ernie Boch Jr.
In 2006 he recorded with Ernie and the Automatics, a band that features Goudreau on guitar.
In 2012 he began co-hosting Scorch's PFG-TV, a local TV show in New England, episodes of which were regularly featured on the Opie and Anthony Show, although each segment was centered on mocking PFG-TV's entire show.
Hashian is of Armenian/Italian ancestry and currently lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He has two daughters, songwriter, Aja Hashian and singer-songwriter Lauren Hashian who has been in a relationship with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson since 2007. The Hashian sisters write and produce musically together.