Delp Returns to D.H.S.
Monday, January 29, 2007
By Lisa Dean
Special to the Danvers Herald

Danvers High School’s own Brad Delp, lead singer of the rock band Boston, will return to DHS stage with his group BeatleJuice in a concert to benefit the Falcons baseball team this Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

"BeatleJuice is a really self-indulgent thing, it is the only thing that I can do to feel 15 again, and that is very gratifying" explains Delp.

An avid Beatles fan from youth, Brad has many fond memories of the British phenom.

"I remember when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was in February 1964 and I was in the seventh grade," says Delp. "The next day at the Holten-Richmond, that is all anyone talked about. It is funny, people could not believe they wore their hair combed down over their foreheads the way they did. No one did that back then."

He also remembers listening to the Beatles via AM transmission, the only source available in the mid 60s.

"I remember when I went to bed I would take my transistor radio and put it under my pillow and wait, because they would play the top 10, and you knew the Beatles would have the number one song," says Delp. "There was something about the sound of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ on a transistor radio, coming through your pillow — there was just nothing else like it.’"

As a ’69 graduate of Danvers High School, Brad had decided to make music a part of his life early on. He was already in a band before he even started his freshman year. The band, called the Monks, stayed together throughout high school, playing the Oniontown Varieties, the YMCA dances and different venues throughout the North Shore.

"I remember playing with the Monks in the Oniontown Varieties — that is what the variety shows in high school were called. We played the Beatles tune ‘Money,’" recalls Delp.

After graduating from high school, Delp went to North Shore Community College while continuing to work at the job he had throughout high school at Hotwatt.

"The Monks had kind of fizzled out, and I was playing in a transitional band when I heard about a group playing on Revere Beach that was looking for a vocalist. That is when I met Tom Scholz and Barry Goudreau of Boston," says Delp.

That is where Boston got its start.

"Tom had written some original music that we played for about five years. After years of rejection, a couple of producers were finally willing to take a chance on us, and our first record came out in 1976," says Delp. "The highlight of the debut album was when our eight-week tour turned into 10 months and culminated with us headlining Madison Square Garden."

But for Delp it would get even better.

"My favorite memory though, is when our ‘Don’t Look Back’ album toured Europe and Japan. There Iwas, in Japan, singing in Budokan Hall in Tokyo . . . it was just like Paul McCartney. It was a dream come true."

Not many people are fortunate enough to work at what they love. But for Delp, this has become a reality.

"BeatleJuice actually started for our own enjoyment. We would get together over Muzz’s house for dinner, then we would end up in his basement where he has all his drums and everything set up, and we would just start playing. So we decided to see if others would enjoy it as well," explains Delp.

When asked about favorites, Delp was happy to respond.

"My favorite Beatles song to perform is ‘I Saw Her Standing There.’ We usually save it for the end of our show. My favorite song to listen to is ‘Yes It Is.’ Most people do not know it, but it was the B side to the ‘Ticket To Ride,’" says Delp. John Lennon called this song the son of ‘This Boy.’ ‘Yes It Is’is a three part harmony that we have been working on to include in our performance."

Delp exhibits a great deal of respect for the Beatles.

"Something else that a lot of people do not realize is the fact that the Beatles were only together from 1964-1969; however, they wrote and produced over 300 songs in that period of time. They were really quite prolific," explains Delp.

When asked about his future with Boston, Delp mentioned an upcoming tour.

"We have tentative plans to tour this summer, June through August. Tom and I are the only ‘original’ Boston members left. It has been that way since 1986," says Delp. "This year marks the 31st anniversary of the band, so it is more of a 30th anniversary tour (since we didn’t tour last year). For the most part, we will be playing a compilation of our first three albums."

Regardless of Boston’s future, BeatleJuice will remain the clear choice for live Beatles music.

For tickets, please call or email: Lisa Dean at 978-777-9322 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets are $20 each, all ages welcome.

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