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The Gift of Music
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Tommy DeCarlo, a Charlotte resident and new lead singer of the band "Boston," is donating five new Yamaha 61-key keyboards today to five students who are studying piano at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC. The students are in teacher Kristin Stonnell’s piano class. The students will have the opportunity to meet DeCarlo and thank him for his generous donation. The meeting will take place near the main office.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Website
(Thanks to Melissa for the info)
 
Take off with Boston
Thursday, July 17, 2008
By  Jeb Wright
Goldmine

Tom Scholz on the Boston album Third Stage:
Back in the '70s, the audiences were so stoned that they didn't know if we were playing or not. In '87, we had Third Stage, and that was much more difficult music. The entire band was on the album. We turned a corner for performing at that point.


On March 9, 2007, Boston vocalist Brad Delp sealed himself in his bathroom, lit two charcoal grills, pinned a note on himself that read "Mr. Brad Delp: I am a lonely soul," lay down on a pillow and inhaled a lethal amount of carbon monoxide.

Delp's suicide was a shock to family members, close friends, his band and the music world alike. What made the event so perplexing was that Delp had spent his career as a health-conscious vegetarian and promoted and donated to several charities. In music circles, he was known as one of the good guys. He was fan friendly and spent time after every Boston show signing autographs and taking pictures with his admirers. Delp was engaged to be married and was preparing for a tour with Boston at the time of his death.

Boston bandleader Tom Scholz, a friend of Delp's for more than 30 years, admits that while no one could predict Delp would end his life, the vocalist was suffering much emotional pain.

"No one saw it coming — I certainly didn't see it coming. Brad wasn't a happy camper. He had a tough life in a personal sense. He went through two divorces and he had a couple of engagements that never led to marriage. That part of his life was not very good."
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From home improvement to rocking the house
Friday, August 01, 2008
By Sarah Rodman
Boston Globe

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.
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BackTalk: Tom Scholz of Boston
The ace guitarist/producer/wizard of all trades on remastering his band's Greatest Hits, the misnomer of "perfect" sound, and why analog rules.

By Mike Mettler
Sound & Vision
July/August 2008

ImageWhy did you decide to remaster the Boston Greatest Hits CD (Epic/Legacy)?
For one thing, the other Greatest Hits CD [from 1997] was horrible-sounding — not as bad as Third Stage [chuckles], but it was an older CD, back from the days when Pro Tools was still a fledgling thing, and a lot of that mastering was done in 16 bits. I knew it was substandard, and I really wanted to redo it and get it right. This gave me the opportunity to put the same kind of care into it that I put into the [2006] remastering of the first two albums, Boston and Don't Look Back. We dug out the analog tapes, baked them, transferred them, and started from scratch. And I'm really ecstatic about the way it sounds now.

What did you have to do to make Hits a better release?
We fixed things like drums that weren't right, or vocals that were too screechy. In terms of sequencing, depending on what comes before and after, we had to make minor EQ changes song to song so that the perception was consistent with the rest of the recordings. It's a very difficult line to walk. The hardest judgment to make is figuring out where something is wrong because it's rough, and where something is right because it's rough. And I had to be careful not to eliminate what made something human and gave it feeling versus going for "perfection." Mathematically perfect music really sucks. [both laugh] You have to know when to leave it alone.

Did you initiate the project, or did you have to step in on something that was going to happen anyway?
No, I wanted to do it. I started working on this back in March 2006, or a little before that. I think I had sent Sony some proposals to do it, and they liked the idea. I was almost done with it right before [singer] Brad [Delp's] suicide [in March 2007], which, you know, stopped the project. And, basically, I wasn't able to pick it back up again until almost a year later.

Did your song choices change at all during that time?
I had "I Had a Good Time" for the opening song, which was the last, lead-off single released from [2002's] Corporate America . . .
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