March 9, 2007

Brad Delp, Rest In 'Peace Of Mind'

The lead singer of Boston, one of the most talented bands of the 1970s, has died unexpectedly. Brad Delp, 55, died alone in his house, and police say no foul play is suspected:

Brad Delp, the lead singer of the 1970s and '80s rock band Boston was found dead at his home in southern New Hampshire on Friday, local police said.

Delp, 55, apparently was home alone and there was no indication of foul play, Atkinson, New Hampshire, police said.

With Delp's big, high-register voice, Boston scored hits with "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time," and "Peace of Mind."

Boston always took its sweet time in releasing new albums, but fans could not argue with the results. Any band that produced "More Than a Feeling" would have its place in rock history, but Boston had a string of well-written, evocative hits. Whether Boston tried love songs like "Amanda" or went a bit autobiographical as in "Rock and Roll Band", the product was always sharp, intelligent -- and just plain great rock music.

The band had its problems, notably with lead guitarist Tom Scholz, whose perfectionism put years between releases and drove the band apart. Later efforts only included occasional appearances by original band members. However, the small but impressive collection with the original band still makes Boston one of the most significant monster-rock groups.

At 55, Brad Delp left us too soon. Tom Scholz wrote "Peace of Mind", one of my favorite Boston songs, but Delp sang it -- and maybe it's a fitting song to recall:

Now everybodys got advice they just keep on givin
Doesnt mean too much to me
Lots of people out to make-believe theyre livin
Cant decide who they should be.

I understand about indecision
But I dont care if I get behind
People li vin in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind.

I hope Delp found his.


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