By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
From the Boston Herald
Boston mastermind Tom Scholz gives props to his late bandmate Brad Delp and dishes about the ol' days of rock 'n' roll during a two-hour phoner with "Lost 45s" jock Barry Scott that airs Sunday.
"Boy, was he talkative," said Barry, who had More Than A Feeling that he was going to devote his entire July 5 show on Oldies 103 to Tom's interview and Boston's playlist when he hung up from Scholz's call.
"But he was probably the most honest person I ever interviewed, and I've done 650 of these," he said.
Scott said after listening to Tom talk about Delp - Boston's former frontman who committed suicide in 2007 - he didn't think there was "any bad blood" between Tom and Brad.
"It was totally honest stuff that only a person could say who had best friends with him for 35 years," he said. "I think the rift was caused by other people. But I'm just the host. I let him talk and I didn't take a side."
In the interview teaser on Barry's lost45s.com Web site, Tom paid tribute to his old friend by saying Brad was "one of the best singers and probably one of the nicest people in rock 'n' roll history."
But it was the tease about lawsuits that fired up other members of the Boston family to contact Scott and give him an earful.
"I got royally screwed by everybody involved," Tom told Barry. "I made a lot of people rich with the work I had done."
Laughed Scott, "Oh, yes, I have heard from the wives."
Catch the full interview with Tom Scholz on "The Lost 45s with Barry Scott" on Oldies 103.3 Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Special to the Washington Post
A number of classic-rock bands are continuing to strike a chord with concert fans despite the absence of one seemingly crucial ingredient: the original lead singer.
Longtime rock warriors such as Journey, Boston and Foreigner are deploying next-generation vocalists whose greatest strength is their ability to gallop through the group's greatest hits with verve and excitement -- even if they had nothing to do with the tunes' creation.
"The songs are the most important thing at this point," agrees Foreigner guitarist and founder Mick Jones, the band's only remaining original member. When it came time to replace Lou Gramm, the voice behind such 1970s and '80s megahits as "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Hot Blooded" and "Cold as Ice," Jones turned to former Hurricane frontman Kelly Hansen. Rather than try to be a Gramm sound-alike, "the key is that he's emotionally involved in the songs," Jones says. "If people really want to hang on to the original recording, that's fine, but if they want to hear these songs [performed] live, you have to present them in a way that they will feel."
Tommy DeCarlo has traded in his orange Home Depot apron for the flashy duds of a rock star. Sunday night the former credit manager for a North Carolina outlet of the home-improvement chain will take the stage at the Comcast Center for his first local appearance as the official co-lead vocalist of the classic-rock band Boston. (He and former Stryper singer Michael Sweet appeared in the Hub with the band last year at a tribute to the late Brad Delp, former Boston frontman.)
DeCarlo was discovered when the wife of Boston's sonic mastermind, Tom Scholz, came across some homemade recordings DeCarlo put up on his MySpace page - with help from teenage daughter Talia - last spring as an homage to Delp. We chatted with the amiable DeCarlo from a tour stop in Toronto to see how life's been going since he hitched a ride with the multiplatinum rockers.
In the wake of last year’s suicide of Brad Delp, beloved singer and co-founder of the band Boston, things looked bleak for the storied group, whose 1976 self-titled album remains rock’s best-selling debut ever with more than 17 million copies sold.
Last Aug. 19, musicians, fans and well-wishers gathered at the Bank of America Pavilion for what was understood to be Boston’s last performance, organized in Delp’s honor. Among them was Michael Sweet, longtime fan and leader of the Grammy-nominated Christian metal outfit, Stryper.
Now Boston, - including founder Tom Scholz, 61, is back on the road this summer, packing venues across the country including a hometown show at Mansfield’s Comcast Center on Sunday. Vocal duties are being split between Sweet and fellow newbie Tommy DeCarlo, a die-hard fan and Home Depot credit manager who hit the jackpot with his audition.
We caught up with Sweet recently, and got the lowdown on the tour.
As it rocks its way across the country, the band Boston is meeting many high-profile athletes who're admirers. Thanks in part to road manager Dave Rahn, who used to be in the sports business, the band hooked up in San Jose with Hall of Fame QB Steve Young and in Denver with Colorado Avalanche coach Tony Granato. During a stop in St. Louis last week, Cards manager Tony La Russa took Tom Scholz and the band on a tour of the park. "It was an amazing night!" said singer Michael Sweet. Boston plays Manchester, N.H., on Saturday and at the Comcast Center on Sunday.