Delp's voice lives on with "Rockin' Away"
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
By Larry Katz
Boston Herald
 
Brad Delp, the late vocalist for the band Boston, is "Rockin’ Away" on radio again with original Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau.

"Rockin’ Away," which hit the airwaves yesterday, was the last song Delp and Goudreau recorded together. Delp committed suicide at age 55 last March in his New Hampshire home.

The song will have special meanings for fans of the band - and fans of Delp in particular. Goudreau and Delp wrote and recorded it in the summer of 2006 to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Boston album. Goudreau hoped that hearing it might end Boston mastermind Tom Scholz’s longtime estrangement from some of the original Boston band members.

"Unfortunately," Goudreau said yesterday, "it didn’t.

"Last year Tom Scholz and I had gotten back in touch," he said. "I thought a good way for us to reconnect would be through music. I gave this musical track I had written to Brad and said, ‘What I think fans would like to hear is a new song that sounds like it could have come from the first Boston record.’

"So Brad wrote some lyrics for it which talk about how he started out in music and he thanks his fans for their support. Listening back now it’s pretty ironic."

Goudreau said "Rockin’ Away" -which he expects will be made available for purchase as a download through iTunes in the near future - "gives fans one more shot to hear Brad’s voice. His family and I felt it was the way to go.

"It’s unfortunate that things turned out the way they did," Goudreau said. "When I heard this song for the first time today on the radio, I cried."
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