By Meghan Carey
The Salem News
Brad Delp's death was a suicide, his family said.
The 55-year-old Danvers High School alumnus and famed lead singer for the band Boston died of carbon monoxide poisoning after he sealed himself in the master bathroom of his Atkinson, N.H., home and ignited fires in two charcoal grills, Atkinson police Lt. William Baldwin said.
Delp's family released a statement on the death through Atkinson police after what Baldwin called an "emotional" meeting yesterday afternoon at the police station.
The brief statement suggested there was trouble in the rock 'n' roll frontman's life, without giving details.
"He was a man who gave all he had to give to everyone around him, whether family, friends, fans or strangers," the statement said. "He gave as long as he could, as best he could, and he was very tired. We take comfort in knowing that he is now, at last, at peace."
The bitter feud between the surviving members of the band Boston exploded anew yesterday with band founder Tom Scholz firing off a letter to the ex-wife of singer Brad Delp demanding she stop making "statements in which you place any blame whatsoever" on Scholz for Delp's suicide.
The letter leaves open the possibility that Scholz could sue Micki Delp, the mother of Brad's two children, if she does not "retract" statements that she made in an exclusive interview with the Herald last week.
Micki Delp told the Herald that her ex-husband Brad, who committed suicide two weeks ago in the bathroom of his New Hampshire home, was under a great deal of pressure personally and professionally. However, Micki Delp never blamed Scholz for his death.
She said Delp was upset over the fact his friend and band mate Fran Cosmo had been dropped from Boston's summer tour. But Scholz, the MIT-educated engineer who founded the band in 1976, said the decision to drop Cosmo was not final and that Delp was not troubled over the matter. Cosmo's son Anthony, however, was scratched from the tour.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The band Boston spoke to people's souls during the 1970s with smash hits like "More Than a Feeling" and "Peace of Mind." But two weeks after lead singer Brad Delp's suicide at his New Hampshire home, bad feelings abound. Current members of the band, including the chief songwriter and founder, Tom Scholz, were not informed about or invited to Delp's funeral, which was attended by early band members who opposed Scholz in a 1980s legal battle.
Last week, Delp's ex-wife Micki was quoted on a radio station saying Delp was distressed about the conflicts in his professional life and became despondent after a longtime friend, Fran Cosmo, was cut from Boston's summer concert lineup. The story spread online, where fans trying to figure out the reason for Delp's suicide took up the cudgels.
Scholz, who called Delp his "closest friend and collaborator in music for over 35 years," said he was crushed by Delp's suicide and his exclusion from the funeral. Now he feels he is being unfairly blamed for Delp's death.
"It went from devastating on the initial phone call to an absolute nightmare," Scholz told The Associated Press on Friday in a tearful telephone interview, his first since Delp's death on March 9. (An interview conducted by e-mail was published earlier in Rolling Stone.)
"We had been told it would only be his immediate family (at the funeral), and of course it wasn't," he said.
Band mates of Brad Delp, the lead singer for the band Boston, returned to the stage at Johnny D's in Somerville for an emotional performance last night, just one day after the vocal legend's death stunned the Hub.
"Our hearts are broken. We're missing a brother," said Joe Holaday, the bassist with Beatlejuice, a Beatles tribute band Delp helped form in the early 1990s. "Right up until sound check (Friday), I thought we were going to go on for at least another 10 years."
Beatlejuice members and crew were preparing for another sold-out performance Friday evening at Johnny D's when they got a call from drummer John "Muzz" Muzzy to pack up around 5 p.m., said Carla DeLellis, who co-owns the club with her mother, Tina.
A short time later, the news broke that Delp, 55, had been found dead in his Atkinson, N.H., home. Patrons plugged Johnny D's phone lines begging to hear that the news about Delp wasn't true.
By Jessica Benson
ATKINSON, N.H. - The official Web site for the 1970s rock band Boston said it all.
Everything else on the site was taken down, and replaced with a simple, one-line message: "We just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll."
The site was referring to the band's lead singer, Brad Delp, who was found dead in his Atkinson, N.H., home yesterday afternoon at the age of 55. The cause of death was unclear last night, though police said it did not appear suspicious.
Delp had been scheduled to play in Boston last night with his Beatles cover band, BeatleJuice. He had also been planning to tour with Boston and marry his longtime girlfriend this summer.