Saturday, March 10, 2007

Brad Delp--1951-2007

Sad and shocking news in the Rock 'N' Roll world as Boston lead singer Brad Delp was found dead yesterday at age 55 at his home in New Hampshire.  No word yet on the cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  (That's him on the left in the photo.)

Strange irony that Brad's death comes just a few days after my little Boston rant—in which I meant NO disrespect to Brad or the band itself, just the disproportionate amount of airplay they get on the radio.  I loved them when they first came on the scene—hell, I played that first Boston album nearly as often as Kiss' Destroyer and Frampton Comes Alive in '76.  "Smokin'" and "Peace of Mind" are my two favorites of theirs, and "Something About You" is their most underrated track.  And like I've said before, that first album holds the rare distinction of having EVERY track from it played on a regular basis on Classic Rock stations (Led Zeppelin IV being the only other one I can think of).  You can't sneeze at that...

If I DO have a criticism of Boston, it's that they had the potential to be one of the biggest American bands of all-time—right up there with Aerosmith and Van Halen—but sadly, they got all tangled up in legal hassles and perfectionism and egos (mostly attributable to guitarist/leader Tom Scholz, I think), and they only made what, four albums in 20 years?  I'd like to think that band had a lot more to say, and Brad Delp certainly had one of the finest voices you'll ever hear in ANY genre of music.

Maudlin as it might sound, I feel like I've lost a chunk of my past here.  Thus, I am voluntarily cranking up the Boston tonight on my CD player...

Rest In Peace, Brad

2 comments:

Randy Raley said...

B,
Be died of a massive coronary that basically blew his heart apart. And about your commentary on the first Boston album, rock radio played every song from it. We didn't play "The Battle of Evermore" or "Four sticks" very much. And, in my opinion, "Hitch A Ride' is a masterpice, my alltime favorote Boston song. It also looks like none of VH will be there tonight, that's very sad.

Randy Raley said...

He died of a massive coronary that basically blew his heart apart. About your Led Zep comparison, in rock radio we played evrything from the Boston release, I don't recall rock radio playing "Four Sticks" or "The Battle of Evermore" (my favorite LZ song)very much.

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