The rock band Boston is recovering from a death in the family.
After longtime singer Brad Delp committed suicide in March of 2007, group leader Tom Scholz had doubts about the band’s future.
“Brad was the most amazing musician, singer I’ve ever known,” says Scholz, 61, the former Polaroid engineer who’s guided Boston to sales of more than 30 million albums since its celebrated 1976 debut. “I swear we could spend the rest of our lives trying to find somebody (but) there’s nobody on the face of this Earth that could replace him and do what he did.”
But “the strangest set of circumstances” brought not one but two new singers into Boston’s orbit.
The first came when Michael Sweet, the former frontman for the Christian rock band Stryper, called Scholz to offer his condolences after Delp’s death. Then the Boston camp became aware of Tommy DeCarlo, a fan and Home Depot employee in Charlotte, N.C., who posted his versions of Boston songs on his MySpace page. Both sang with Boston at a tribute concert for Delp last August — what was supposed to be his wedding day — and Scholz said he decided afterwards that the lineup deserved more than a one-time airing.
“I’m not a mystical person,” he says, “but it’s almost as if Brad was up there pulling some strings, because these two guys were basically left on our door step, and things sounded so good from the moment we got together with them.
“And, of course, we hadn’t thought about going on tour or anything like that, but it just felt like we’d be throwing something really valuable away or ignoring providence by not taking this thing out and putting it up live for people to hear it. We figured we better do this now, ’cause if Brad’s death taught us anything, it’s that you never know what will happen.”
The latest version of Boston will be promoting a new version of the group’s “Greatest Hits” album, which came out in what Scholz considers a flawed version in 1997. Then he hopes to finish a new album after Boston’s summer tour and have it out in early 2009.
“There are an awful lot of people out there that don’t want to see Boston go away, and I’m one of them,” Scholz says. “The (fans) are doing their part to keep us alive, so I’m happy to do mine, y’know?”
Boston and Stevie Nicks perform at Doug Fest 2008 at 7 p.m. Sunday (June 15) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $75 and $39.50 pavilion, $25 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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