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Never Looking Back: An Interview With Boston's Tommy DeCarlo

By Jeb Wright
Classic Rock Revisited

Boston vocalist Tommy DeCarlo has had a few years to get his feet back down on earth since going from a regular guy working at Home Depot to singing Boston's greatest hits on the band's 2008 tour. Fairytales do happen and dreams do come true and no one knows that more than DeCarlo, who sent a chance email to Boston offering to sing at Brad Delp's tribute concert and ended up becoming the band's lead singer.

During Boston's downtime, DeCarlo produced two singles and released them on the Internet. One song he wrote for his wife and the other he wrote about Brad Delp. In fact, it was the Delp tune that began the process of Tommy's incarnation from home repair guy to rock singer. The tune is titled "A Man I'll Always Be" and Tommy wrote the song only days after Delp's tragic suicide.

Oddly enough, several years prior DeCarlo met Delp after a Boston show in Florida. Neither man knew then the connection that would one day link them together forever.

The interview that follows is an inspiring look into the past, present and future of Tommy DeCarlo.

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New Single From Tommy DeCarlo
Saturday, January 08, 2011

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BOSTON singer Tommy DeCarlo has just released his first single. The song I Think I Fell In Love With You, is the story of how Tommy met his wife Annie.

Here's the story from Tommy's official site:

The story goes back to 1987 when native upstate New Yorker Tommy was visiting his grandparents in Florida. Chance brought Tommy and Annie to the same restaurant on the same night and there was a strong and immediate attraction. However given Annie's shy nature, the fact that she had no telephone, and the geographical distance, a year-long correspondence via mail ensued. In the age of texting and instant messaging, not to mention online dating, the randomness of the couple getting together permanently was like destiny. Given their very young ages, 20 and 22, it's all the more extraordinary they reunited, got married, raised two wonderful adult children and continue the romance. They have literally been together their whole adult lives and have done and learned and experienced most of life's biggest milestones together.

The track features guitar performance by long time BOSTON member Gary Pihl. Tommy has also released another track A Man He'll Always Be. If you've been following Tommy, you may have already heard this song as it was a tribute he wrote for Brad Delp. The song has been expanded from the original version, which featured Tommy with a piano.

You can get these songs at CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/tommydecarlo2

If you want to sing along to these songs, I transcribed the lyrics.

Update January 10: Tommy posted a behind the scenes video from the recording of the single.

Update January 11: Now available on iTunes.

Update January 12: Now available on Amazon.com.

Update January 21: Now available on CD through eBay (includes autographed 8x10)

 
New Album by Anton Cosmo
Monday, December 06, 2010

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Former Boston guitarist/songwriter Anton Cosmo (aka Anthony Cosmo) has recently released a new album. The album, called The In Between, was released in October. It appears by looking at iTunes, Amazon and  Magnatune that the release date is different between them.  This album contains some tracks that first appeared on Anton's 2007 album Regrets, released under the name The Casting.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and Magnatune.

Here is video from the mastering sessions of The In Between:


 
Rock This Town! 10 Great Bands Named After Places
Thursday, December 09, 2010

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Gibson.com published a list called Rock This Town! 10 Great Bands Named After Places, where they highlight bands named after places. Boston was featured as #10.

10. Boston



Were there any mid-’70s album collections that didn’t include Boston’s 1976 debut album? The group did in fact emerge from the Beantown scene, and songs such as “More Than a Feeling” and “Peace of Mind” almost instantly became part of the classic rock canon. While the bands’ hits have been overplayed enough to lose some impact, it’s worth remembering just how revolutionary, innovative and influential founder Tom Scholz’s guitar and production work were at the time.

You can see the remaining entries in the list at www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/rock-this-town-1209/

 
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