By Eric Moskowitz
Boston Globe

Brad Delp, lead singer for the band Boston, sent an e-mail to longtime bandmate Tom Scholz in early January asking for a few days off from an upcoming summer tour so he could get married. That wedding was supposed to happen today, in a small backyard ceremony on the South Shore. Instead, Delp's friends, family, and fellow musicians will gather at the Bank of America Pavilion tomorrow night for a benefit concert in memory of the singer, who killed himself March 9.

Delp was famous in music circles for a gentle nature and aversion to conflict, but five months after his death, his suicide continues to stir a mix of mystery, confusion, and even anger among those close to him.

While his ex-wife suggested in the spring that Delp's anxiety about a summer tour and his friendship with clashing ex-bandmates contributed to his death, this week Scholz provided to the Globe excerpts from e-mails he exchanged with the singer during the last months of his life. The excerpts show Delp was looking ahead to the summer and was not interested in getting out of a tour.

Scholz is convinced Delp's suicide had nothing to do with band relationships, ex-wives, touring schedules, finances, or other theories floated since Delp ended his life at 55, by carbon monoxide poisoning at his home in Atkinson, N.H.

By Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan
Boston Globe

Life's not getting any easier for the family of Brad Delp, the former Boston frontman who committed suicide in March. Waiting for next month's star-studded concert celebrating Delp's life and legacy, the rocker's ex-wife and children are fighting to hold onto the singer's estate. Micki Delp, who was married to the "More Than a Feeling" singer from 1980 to 1996, says she was stunned to learn that her ex left his Atkinson, N.H., house to a long-ago girlfriend named Patricia Komor. Currently, the house is occupied by Pamela Sullivan, who was Delp's fiancee at the time of his death. She and Micki Delp are now joining forces to fight Komor's claim. "My understanding always has been that the kids would get everything," Micki told us yesterday. "And if and when Pam moved out, the house would be sold, and the proceeds split." Reached yesterday, Komor, who lives in Colorado, said she couldn't comment. "I can't respond because this is a matter that's supposed to be private," said Komor, who lived with Delp for six years. Micki Delp said she and her husband separated in 1991, and Komor entered the picture soon after. Delp's two children, 26-year-old Jennifer and 22-year-old Michael, have appealed to Komor to sign over the residence, but she refused, according to Micki Delp. "[Komor] wants fair-market value for the house and everything in it," she said. "[Komor] is offering to sell their father's belongings back to them. . . . It's morally and ethically wrong." Meanwhile, fans of Delp's old band are looking forward to the Aug. 19 tribute concert, which will feature performances by the original members of Boston -- Tom Scholz, Barry Goudreau, Sib Hashian, and Fran Sheehan -- and special guests Godsmack, Orion the Hunter, RTZ, Michael Sweet of Stryper, Starship's Mickey Thomas, and Sammy Hagar.
By Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan
 
We have more than a feeling that the tribute to Brad Delp is in doubt. Tickets for the Aug. 19 show still aren't on sale, and the promoter, Live Nation, has given no indication when they might be. What's the problem? Word is that the parties involved in planning the show honoring the late lead singer of Boston can't agree on where the money should go. Originally, Live Nation said proceeds from the show at the Bank of America Pavilion would benefit the Brad Delp Foundation, but guitarist Tom Scholz has questioned whether such a foundation actually exists and what its mission is. We're told he's requested more information from Delp's ex-wife, Micki, before signing on the dotted line. During his lifetime, Delp, who committed suicide in March, gave to many of the same causes supported by Scholz, including the Sierra Club and PETA. If the concert does take place, it's still not clear whether the band's original members -- Scholz, Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau, and Fran Sheehan -- will share the stage or for how many songs. Among those lending their pipes to the proceedings will be Starship's Mickey Thomas, Sammy Hagar, and Stryper's Michael Sweet, who confirms his participation on his website.
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!

By Michael Marotta
Hotline
 
Looks as if the original members of Boston are coming together to pay tribute to the band's singer, Brad Delp, who committed suicide in March.
 
The "Come Together" tribute concert is slated for Aug. 19 at the Bank of America Pavilion with a tentative lineup of Orion the Hunter, RTZ, Godsmack, Farrenheit, Beatlejuice and Ernie & the Automatics. Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Gary Cherone of Extreme will be on-hand as special guests.

But the BIG news is the reunion of Boston mastermind Tom Scholz, with former Boston members Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan and Fran Cosmo. Apparently the urge to honor Delp was enough for the ex-mates to put years of feuding and lawsuits behind them.

The concert was organized by the Goudreau and Delp families, with proceeds to benefit the newly formed Brad Delp Foundation, which continues the charity work to which Delp dedicated himself.

In addition to the music, a film written and directed by Delp's daughter, Jennifer, will be shown. Jennifer Delp is a graduate of University of Southern California's film school, and will showcase never-before-seen footage of the Boston frontman.

Tickets are $35 (plus a $5 "venue charge") and go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster, www.livenation.com and the Bank of America Pavilion box office.