Boston's come together falling apart
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Boston Herald

The concert is billed as "Come Together" but the warring factions of the band Boston couldn't even Come Together over a press release yesterday!

Concert promoters LiveNation sent out an announcement confirming what had been rumored for weeks - that there would be a tribute concert to honor the late Boston singer Brad Delp Aug. 19 at the Bank of America Pavilion.

Included in the initial release was the news that the original members of Boston - Tom Scholz, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan, Sib Hashian and Fran Cosmo - would "Come Together" for the first time in more than 20 years to perform in Delp's honor.

But several hours later, LiveNation was forced to retract the release - and Scholz's name was dropped!

"There was a miscommunication about when the release was to be sent out," said LiveNation spokesgal Heidi Collins. "As soon as everything is finished and all confirmed we'll send out another one."

Word is, Scholz still hasn't signed off on joining his former bandmates on stage to perform "Don't Look Back" at the conclusion of the concert. Which is kind of the point of the whole thing!

Here's the backstory: Delp, as you know, committed suicide in March, sealing himself in his New Hampshire bathroom and lighting two charcoal grills that suffocated him.

According to friends and family members, Delp was distraught over the lingering bad feelings from the ugly breakup of the band Boston over 20 years ago. Delp continued to work with Scholz and Boston but also gigged with Goudreau, Sheehan and Hashian, the original members of the band who had a fierce falling out with Scholz in the early '80s.

Delp's two kids, Jennifer, 26, and John Michael, 22, came up with the plan for a tribute concert and to bring the two sides together. They reached out to Scholz and asked him to participate, saying they chose the name "Come Together" because of their dad's love for the Beatles. (He fronted the tribute band Beatlejuice.)

"We wanted to invite you personally because we feel that that's what dad would have liked to see most, for all the members of Boston to put their differences aside and Come Together and stand shoulder to shoulder and play some Boston songs one last time," the Delp kids wrote to Scholz.

Spokesgal Gail Parenteau said Scholz was "very flattered" to be invited to perform at the show but needed some assurances about the charity the concert would benefit and other technicalities before signing off.

She said Scholz was also concerned that the press release not mislead fans into thinking the concert was a Boston reunion show - and that it make clear that the original band members would only do one song together.

"The spirit of what the kids want to do is some kind of coming together, that's their idea and it should be respected," she said. "And I think it's likely that that will occur."

Publicist Peggy Rose, who is coordinating coverage of the show, said after the initial press release went out mistakenly she got a rush of requests for press credentials.

"Clearly," she said, "this is going to be one of the hottest shows of the summer."

As always, do stay tuned . . .
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