Former Boston member Antonio Cosmo has composed a tribute to Brad called 'One'. Antonio posted this on a MySpace bulletin March 14 @ 10:41pm:
I rushed in the studio yesterday to record this track for a great friend..
I think he would have enjoyed it..AC
You can listen to the song on Antonio's Myspace page.
More details regarding Brad Delp's suicide have been released:
ATKINSON, N.H. --Brad Delp, the lead singer for the band Boston who killed himself last week, left behind a note in which he called himself "a lonely soul," according to police reports released Thursday.
Toxicology tests by the state medical examiner's office showed that Delp committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Police said Delp had sealed himself inside a bathroom with two charcoal grills sometime between 11:30 p.m. March 8 and the next afternoon, when he was found by fiancee Pamela Sullivan.
Sullivan told police that Delp "had been depressed for some time, feeling emotional (and) bad about himself," according to the reports.
He was found on the floor of the bathroom, his head on a pillow and a note paper-clipped to the neck of his shirt.
"Mr. Brad Delp. J'ai une ame solitaire. I am a lonely soul," it read.
Sullivan called police after noticing a dryer vent tube connected to the exhaust pipe of Delp's car. In the garage, police found a note taped to the door leading into the house.
"To whoever finds this I have hopefully committed suicide. Plan B was to asphyxiate myself in my car."
In a third note on a door at the top of the stairs, Delp cautioned that there was carbon monoxide inside.
"I take complete and sole responsibility for my present situation. I have lost my desire to live," he wrote. The note also included instructions on how to contact his fiancee. There was a picture of Delp and Sullivan in the bathroom.
"Unfortunately she is totally unaware of what I have done," the note said.
The notes also said the couple's cat, Floppy, should be in a room that was safe from the deadly gas and asked that someone find her and make sure she was all right.
Police later found four sealed letters in an office addressed to Sullivan, his children, their mother, Micki Delp, and another couple whose identity was not disclosed. Police Lt. William Baldwin said police gave the letters to family members without reading them.
Outside the bathroom, police found a carbon monoxide detector with the battery removed.
Delp joined Boston in the mid-1970s and sang two of its biggest hits, "More than a Feeling" and "Long Time."
He had planned to marry Sullivan this summer during a break in a tour with Boston. A lifelong Beatles fan, Delp also played with the tribute band Beatle Juice.
Delp was cremated Wednesday, police said. A private funeral was held earlier this week.
Source: Boston Globe
The death of Brad Delp has had a profound impact on many fans. The cause of death makes me as sad as I was when I first read the news of his death as it appears Brad took his own life.
CONCORD, N.H. --The family of Brad Delp, the lead singer for the band Boston, said Wednesday his death was a suicide.
"He was a man who gave all he had to give to everyone around him, whether family, friends, fans or strangers," the family said in a statement relayed by police. "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."
Delp, 55, died Friday at his Atkinson home. Police have said his fiancee, Pamela Sullivan, found him.
Toxicology tests by the state medical examiner's office showed that Delp committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, said Lt. William Baldwin. Delp also left two notes taped to a door and letters to his family and Sullivan.
Baldwin said police do not know the contents of the letters because they were sealed.
The family's statement said Sullivan, Delp's children and their mother, his ex-wife Micki Delp, were grateful for the sympathy they had received and asked that their privacy be respected.
Brad Delp joined Boston in the mid-1970s and sang two of its biggest hits, "More than a Feeling" and "Long Time."
Delp had planned to marry Sullivan this summer during a break in a tour with Boston. A lifelong Beatles fan, Delp also played with a tribute band, Beatle Juice.
Beatle Juice performed a benefit last year to help build a new public library in Atkinson, a small town of about 6,000 residents on the Massachusetts border.
The family said last week it planned a private funeral followed by a public memorial to be scheduled later. Family and friends directed donations to the American Heart Association in Framingham, Mass.
Source: Boston Globe
A family statement on behalf of Brad Delp was issued Saturday night by Peggy Rose, a family spokeswoman:
“On behalf of the Delp family and Brad’s fiancé, Pamela Sullivan, it is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Bradley Delp, the legendary vocalist of the rock band ‘BOSTON.’ Brad was admired and loved by many, known as the ‘man with the golden voice’ and recognized throughout the music community as ‘the nicest man in rock and roll.’ Brad will be deeply missed by (all) of his family, friends, fans and the entire music community.”
Bradley passed away on Friday, March 9th, 2007 at his home in New Hampshire.
The family would like to publicly acknowledge all of those who have expressed their condolences and support during this difficult time.
“We ask that you please respect the privacy of Brad and his family during this time of grieving. The family will be conducting a private funeral service for Brad and a public memorial service will be announced at a later date,” stated Peggy Rose, Delp family spokesperson.
Donations can be made in Brad’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01710.
The following was posted on bandboston.com Sunday afternoon:
As you all know by now, BOSTON'S lead singer, Brad Delp, was found dead in his home on Friday, March 9th 2007. Plans for live BOSTON performances this summer have, of course, been cancelled.
My heart goes out to his wonderful fiance Pamela, his two children and other family members, his close friends and band mates, and to the millions of people whose lives were made a little brighter by the sound of his voice. He will be dearly missed.
It is with great sadness to report that Boston vocalist Brad Delp has passed away.
From the Associated Press:
ATKINSON, N.H. -- Brad Delp, the lead singer for Boston, a huge rock sensation in the 1970s, was found dead Friday in his home, police said. He was 55.
Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found Delp dead. Police Lt. William Baldwin said in a statement the death was "untimely" and that there was no indication of foul play.
Delp apparently was alone at the time of his death, Baldwin said.
The cause of his death remained under investigation by the Atkinson police and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner's office. Police said an incident report would not be available until Monday.
Delp fronted the rock band, who rose to fame in the late 1970s and had several hits, including "More than A Feeling." The group sold millions of records.
Boston has been in the works in preparing for a summer tour. I would like to express my condolences to Brad's family, including his fiancee Pamela Sullivan.
You will be missed, Brad.
Source: Associated Press
The National Association of Recording Merchandisers released as list of the Top 200 albums. The list includes many artist like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Eagles. The list also includes Boston's debut album at #43 on the list.
You can see the entire list at www.definitive200.com/200_list.php
Boston's gearing up for a tour this summer, and while there have been no specifics announced about the tour, there is now one known date this summer that Boston will be playing.
According to the Rock Fest website, Boston will be playing at Rock Fest 2007 in Cadott, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 19 at 11pm; the first day of the four day event. Boston's performance will be preceded by Dennis DeYoung, The Mick Fleetwood Band and Deep Purple.
Attention Boston fans: there's some good Boston memorabilia now available on eBay.
If you've been keeping up with the news posts, you probably know that Brad Delp's band Beatle Juice is performing a benefit show on Feb 17 If you haven't seen the post, then click here to skip down to it to catch up on it.
Anyway, there are two items up for bid on eBay which will benefit SASS (Sexual Assault Support Services). Here are the auctions:
Autographed Photo | Boston | Symphony Hall Scholz/ Delp
*Picture in auction is similar to the one above
Both the jersey and photograph were generously donated by Tom and Kim Scholz. The auctions close on Feb. 20/07, so if you want to bid and get an awesome piece of Boston memorabilia and help a good cause at the same time, now's your chance!
The 18th Annual Scripps Howard's Celebrity Super Bowl Poll, which features predictions from various celebrities -- including Tom Scholz, has been released. Here's his prediction:
TOM SCHOLZ, rock star, Boston: With the Pats eliminated maybe they should drop "Super Sunday" and just call it "Pretty Good Sunday." Plus, I was really hoping for the Saints. But seriously, with two unstoppable offenses taking turns, it should still be an exciting game. I'm saying Bears by 11.
Beatle Juice, the Beatles tribute band Brad Delp's involved with, will be performing a benefit concert on Feb. 17/07.
The Sixth Annual Beatlejuice concert: A Night to Benefit the Children, will take place Saturday, February 17 at 7:30pm in Portsmouth. NH at The Music Hall. All proceeds will directly benefit the Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) Children's Education and Prevention Programs.
Tickets are available through the Music Hall. Tickets are $30, $25 or $18 (here is a direct link to the event page).
On a side note, one of the sponsors of the show is Tom Scholz & BOSTON.
Source: muzzdrums.com | sassnh.org
bandboston.com, Boston's official site, has posted a credits and thanks page where they thank various fan sites, including thirdstage.ca!
Here is a screen cap of the page:
Thirdstage.ca has been a labor of love for me, thanks to the band for posting this!
This was published in the Boston Herald:
Tom Scholz of Boston fame has More Than a Feeling about recent bandmate Anthony Migliacco using his affiliation with the vintage rock band, so he’s filed suit against him in Suffolk Superior Court!
Apparently, Migliacco, aka Anthony Cosmo, has been touting his stage work with the classic band - despite signing an agreement that he wouldn’t do so. But what really has Scholz Smokin’ is that Migliacco allegedly billed he and his dad, Francis, who also played with the late 1990’s version of Boston, as the classic Hub band when they played a gig in St. Croix earlier this month.
Migs, according to the Boston Business Journal, said the agreement is null and void. Scholz’s legal counsel disagrees.
“Tom Scholz owns the trademark, the name, and there’s a lot of value to that, and he wants to protect the value,” Susan Stenger of Burns & Levinson told the BBJ.
The suit, filed last month, seeks to enforce the agreement and collect legal fees.
As always, do stay tuned
Source: Boston Herald
Update: Feb 02, 2007: According to melodicrock.com, the lawsuit between Tom and Anthony has been dropped. Here's what was posted:
It seems the lawsuit mentioned around the traps between Tom Scholtz of Boston and Anthony Cosmo has been dropped, with the issue at hand dealt with behind the scenes.
(Thanks to reader Jeremy for sharing this with me)
Iceberg Radio posted the news on The Tom/Kim, Brad/Pamela engagements, along with some new info:
Boston leaders Tom Scholz and Brad Delp both got engaged over the holidays. Guitarist/producer/songwriter Scholz proposed to his girlfriend Kim Hart on Christmas Eve, and singer Delp proposed to his girlfriend Pamela Sullivan on Christmas Day.
Before Delp proposed, he put the ring in his girlfriend's Christmas stocking, and when she found it, he got down on one knee and proposed to her sister, saying, "Will you be my sister-in-law?"
Scholz will be married this week in an undisclosed location. Delp is planning to get married on a two-day break from Boston's upcoming summer tour, which is now in the planning stages.
Source: Iceberg Radio
This was published in the Boston Globe:
Tom Scholz, founder of the band Boston, thought he had come up with the perfect Christmas Eve surprise when he asked girlfriend Kim Hart to marry him. But Scholz was surprised himself to find out that Brad Delp, Boston's original lead singer, proposed to his longtime sweetie Pamela Sullivan over the holidays as well. The good news for the rock dudes is that both women said yes.
Congratulations to both of the lucky couples!
Former Boston guitarist Antonio (aka Anthony) Cosmo is keeping busy these days. Not only did he recently release an album with his father Fran and their band Cosmo, but he's involved in another project.
Antonio is now involved in a new project called Mercy Grail, working with Kevin Soffera (Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Three Doors Down). While there's very little information on this new project, you can keep up to date on this project by visiting the Mercy Grail Myspace page.
During the Christmas at the Palace Theatre, which aired on WZID 95.7, Kimberley Dahme and Brad Delp performed. After Brad performed Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime and John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War is Over), Brad was asked if Boston plans to tour in 2007.
Here's a transcript of what Brad said:
Host: ...before we let you leave the stage, Brad Delp, we need to know, we need to know, is Boston coming back for another tour anytime soon? Your fans wanna know, I'm sure.
Brad: I heard rumors to that effect -- we played not too long ago at Symphony Hall for Doug Flutie's retirement party, and the gig went so well, Tom was very pleased, and so actually -- tell a secret, we have rehearsal this Saturday. Looks like we may be going out this summer folks, so that means Beatlejuice takes a small hiatus, but I'm so lucky that I get to do things that I love -- you know i love -- obviously singing the Beatle songs and the fact that after all these years people still wanna come out and see Boston, that means a lot to us.
Host: 30 years, isn't it, Brad?
Brad: Yes it is 30, but my hair -- it used to be not grey, I think when we started.
Host: You used to have that fro that we just follow you around on stage, right?
Brad: That was the other guy -- well actually I had one too, but that was, yeah, that was Sibby. So I guess the short answer to your question would be yes.
Well, Brad said it, I guess we'll have to hold him to it!
By the way, if you missed the show, you can hear the Brad and Kimberley performances in the audio section. It features Kimberley and Brad singing two songs each, plus guest performances.
"Uncle" Joe Benson, who produces the popular radio show Off the Record, will be producing a three-hour special called Uncle Joe's Rockin' Christmas Show 2006. The show will feature music, interviews and greetings from many artists, including Tom Scholz and Brad Delp from Boston and the band's rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
This show, which is not part of the Off the Record program, will air on many stations between December 24-25. For information on stations and airtimes, as well as a rundown of the artists appearing, you can go to unclejoe.com. This show will not only air in the US, but on a number of Canadian radio stations as well. If you have Star Choice satellite TV, you can tune into Q107 Toronto on channel 864 or CIRK 97.3 Edmonton on channel 853. You can also listen to streaming audio from a variety of stations. Of course, if you have one of the listed stations in your local area, you can also listen to it the old fashioned way -- with a radio!
If you visit this site regularly, you may have noticed that the look of this site has changed somewhat.
While it isn't a drastic change, there have been some design changes made, most notably:
- Improved navigation, which not only looks better, but allows you access to certain content quicker (ie, lyrics)
- New table layout with rounded corners
- More graphics employed, specifically with news. All news posts have an icon which will show what type of news post it is (ie, a post with an icon of Barry Goudreau will indicate that it's a Barry related post)
I've been working on this redesign since October and have spent countless hours tweaking, not to mention converting content to work with the new design. I'm already trying to come up with ideas for a more improved look. I'm currently working on getting more content completed as well, like the entries in the Related Artists section as well as rewriting bios.
Hope you like the new look!
If you read Vintage Guitar Magazine, this might interest you.
The next two upcoming issues of Vintage Guitar Magazine will feature a print ad featuring former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau. The is for Songworks Systems and Products, which produces the Little Lanilei amp, which Barry uses and endorses.
Here is the ad:
BAND BOSTON TO PERFORM WITH KEITH LOCKHART AND BOSTON POPS
City of boston PAYs TRIBUTE TO HOMETOWN HERO, DOUG FLUTIE
2006 Red, White & Blue Award Concert, Sponsored by American Express and Delta Air Lines, to Benefit Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
BOSTON (October 17, 2006) – American Express, Delta Air Lines and the city of Boston today named renowned athlete and philanthropist, Doug Flutie, the 2006 recipient of the Red, White & Blue Award for his unyielding support of the Boston community. The prestigious award, given to Bruce Springsteen and Oscar Robertson in past years, will be presented to Doug Flutie at a benefit concert featuring Keith Lockhart, the legendary band Boston and many other special guests.
The Award concert will also serve as a retirement celebration for Flutie and will take place at Symphony Hall on November 13th, which has been designated "Doug Flutie Day" by the city of Boston. Concert tickets go on sale today, with proceeds going to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism to help the Foundation further improve the lives of those touched by autism.
Boston, who have not performed on stage for two years feel honored to join this important event. Boston founder and guitarist Tom Scholz says, "At a time when so many people in the spotlight are a glaring disappointment, Doug Flutie is a breath of fresh air, and a reminder that that there are still real heroes in the world you can look up to."
The band Boston, are celebrating 30 years since the release of their first album with the release of their record breaking, 1976 first album that sold 17 million copies Boston and their second album, Don’t Look Back, which has be re-mastered by Tom Scholz. The Sony/Legacy BMG CDs have been repackaged in a limited edition collector’s CD with beautiful full color art and photography and new liner notes by Rolling Stone writer David Wild.
BOSTON was a full-blown once-in-a-lifetime event, in the right place at the right time as an alternative to the disco and nascent punk-rock movements of 1976. Certified RIAA gold one month after its appearance on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and platinum one month later, it spent a solid two and a half years (132 weeks) on the list. Three memorable singles were spun off: “More Than A Feeling” (which reached #5 on the Hot 100), “Long Time” (#22), and “Peace Of Mind” (#38).
The band performing on November 13, 2006 will be Tom Scholz, original singer Brad Delp, guitarist Gary Pihl, Bass-vocals Kimberley Dahme and Jeff Neal on drums.
“At the core of the American Express brand lies a deep commitment to community, so it is only fitting that we recognize a man who has never wavered in his commitment to his own hometown,” said Lisa Gregg, vice president, Marketing, American Express Establishment Services. “In all that he does in raising awareness and support for families with autism, Doug Flutie has been an incredibly positive influence, both regionally and nationally.”
Doug Flutie, who recently retired his 21-year career as a football player, has long been recognized in the Boston area for his contributions on and off the field. Known for achievements that serve as bookends to a highly successful college and professional football career – from the famous “Hail Mary” pass during his Heisman Trophy-winning career at Boston College to his remarkable conversion of the first dropkick in 60 years for the Patriots in 2005 – Flutie has inspired thousands of Boston-area kids to defeat the odds and pursue their dreams.
His work off the field has made an even greater impact on communities both in Boston and around the country. Teamed with his wife, Laurie, the Fluties established the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation in honor of their son, Doug, Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Since 1998, they have helped raise over eight million dollars for autism.
American Express has joined forces with Delta Air Lines, another company that prides itself on serving the communities where they live and work, to bring the 2006 Red, White and Blue Award to Boston. “Doug Flutie truly exemplifies what it means to be a leader in all aspects—on the field, in his hometown and as a humanitarian,” said Jeff Robertson, Managing Director, SkyMiles® Program, Delta Air Lines. “We’re proud to sponsor a program that honors an individual who defines what it means to give back.”
The Red, White & Blue Award Benefit Concert
The Red, White & Blue Award is an ongoing program that honors local heroes and gives communities the chance to say "thank you" to those homegrown musicians, artists, athletes and dignitaries who never forgot their roots. The accompanying concert event enables renowned artists and celebrities to pay tribute to the honoree while raising funds for a local charity of the honorees’ choice.
Presented to Bruce Springsteen in 2004 and Oscar (“The Big O”) Robertson in 2005, the Red, White & Blue Award will be presented to Flutie at a special ceremony at Symphony Hall on November 13, 2006. The ceremony will include a benefit concert, featuring performances from Boston’s own Keith Lockhart, the band Boston featuring founding members Tom Scholz and Brad Delp, as well as other special guests.
Tickets for the concert are available at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Office and by phone at (888) 266-1200 for $55, $85 and $150. American Express® Cardmembers are eligible to receive a 15% discount on tickets when purchasing with an American Express Card. Proceeds benefit the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.
For more information on the Red, White & Blue Award, log on to
About the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established by Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. The Foundation's mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism. www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org
About American Express
Establishment Services is the merchant network of American Express, which acquires and maintains relationships with millions of merchants around the globe, which welcome American Express-branded Cards. American Express Company is a leading global payments, network, travel and banking company founded in 1850.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is the world’s second-largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offering daily flights to 502 destinations in 88 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. Delta's marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem frequent flier miles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at www.delta.com.
About EPOP International
EPOP International is comprised of a dedicated team of media-production professionals who harness the talents of renowned artists, celebrities and dignitaries by leveraging their extensive industry contacts and their own creative experience to craft unique events that raise funds and awareness for some of the most significant causes of our time. Anomaly (www.anomalynyc.com) assists EPOP with all branding, communications and marketing. Anomaly is comprised of a proven group of executives with broad experience that spans brand and business strategy, advertising, design, media-strategy, innovation, content, mobile media & technology, naming & corporate id, and client-side management. EPOP is the creator and producer of the Red, White & Blue Award. For more information go to www.epopinternational.com.
Komit from the Gonna Hitch a Ride forum has posted the setlist for the upcoming Doug Flutie tribute show:
Star Spangled Banner
Rock and Roll Band
Peace of Mind
I Think I Like It
More Than a Feeling
A New World
To Be a Man
There is also going to be an encore, where Doug Flutie will be invited to drum for the encore for the song of his choice, and if he accepts, he'll chose the song, either Don't Look Back, Party or Smokin'.
Source: Gonna Hitch a Ride
The news of Tom Scholz and Barry Goudreau being back in touch after almost 30 years has sparked a lot of excitement from Boston fans. Naturally, this has caused some to jump to conclusions about Tom and Barry's relationship, particularly the idea that Barry is back with Boston.
A visitor of this site forwarded me an email they received from Barry Goudreau. They asked Barry whether or not he has rejoined Boston; here's what Barry had to say:
Unfortunately rumors of me rejoining Boston are unfounded, as I have not been asked to be involved. Barry
So there you have it, Barry has not rejoined Boston. Of course we can still hope...
There has been some speculation among the Boston fan community for quite some time now about the status of the band's lineup - specifically the roles of Fran and Anthony Cosmo.
Komit, a member of the Gonna Hitch a Ride forum, who is close source to Tom, has posted that Fran and Anthony are no longer in the band. While there are no details surrounding the departure of the Cosmos (their band Cosmo is about to release their first album in December). It was noted in the discussion that Tom wanted to take Boston back to a five-piece band.
So that leaves the following lineup:
Tom Scholz - Lead Guitar, Keyboard, Organ, etc
Brad Delp - Vocals/Guitar
Gary Pihl - Guitar
Kimberley Dahme - Vocals/Bass
Jeff Neal - Drums
Source: Gonna Hitch a Ride
Boston vocalist Brad Delp was involved in a motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon. He was not hospitalized, but was banged up somewhat. Brad was to perform with his Beatles tribute band Beatle Juice this weekend, but the shows for this Friday and Saturday at a benefit show scheduled in Marblehead, NH and a show at the Rochester Opera House have been cancelled. I'm sure you will all join me in wishing Brad a speedy recovery.
Beatle Juice, New England’s Beatles tribute band, has postponed the concert scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14 the Rochester Opera House because of injuries sustained by lead singer Brad Delp. Delp is also the lead singer for the band BOSTON.
John Muzzy, the spokesman for Beatle Juice released the following statement on Wednesday:
"Brad was in a motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon. He was coming over a hill and his brakes failed to stop him from going into a suddenly stopped car and to subsequently flip over the car.
"The motorcycle ended up on his left leg and he sustained some injuries including many stitches and splinting of his left hand, loss of nail on his left foot and a fair amount of whiplash related injuries.
"Brad wanted me to extend his deepest regrets in not being able to do the show this weekend and wanted me to assure you and the folks in Rochester that we would make every effort to make up this show ASAP. As you can imagine we are all relieved there was no life threatening injuries sustained."
For more information on Beatle Juice show schedules, you can check out the official Beatle Juice site at www.muzzdrums.com.
If you've been following the news this past year (if not, you can read past news postings at thirdstage.ca to catch up), you probably know that Boston members Fran and Anthony Cosmo have a band called Cosmo. Their first album, titled Alien, which was recorded during Summer of 2006, has been completed and is scheduled to be released on Frontiers Records in Europe on December 08, 2006.
The band also consists of guitarist Mick Brooks, drummer Pat Orlowski and bassist Bill Carman (who also did some work on Boston's Corporate America album). The album will consist of 11 original tracks, with a bonus acoustic version of Don't Tell Me Your Lies on the European release.
Full press release regarding this album and song samples are available at Frontiers Records.
For those of you who haven't been to Boston's official website lately, you may want to take a look at it, as it's been completely redesigned.
The site was designed by Boston member Gary Pihl, who also designed Kimberley Dahme's website. The site features a Flash interface, has bios for past and present members of the band, news and more.
There's also news on the site of an upcoming Boston show on November 13, 2006 in Boston at the Symphony Hall, where Boston will be part of a benefit show where proceeds go to support the Doug Flutie, JR. Foundation for Autism, Inc. The show starts at 8pm and ticket information can be found at bandboston.com.
If you haven't been to Barry Goudreau's official site lately, you should check it out. David Stefanelli, former RTZ drummer and Barry's webmaster, has launched a new version of barrygoudreau.com, which includes a bio that Barry wrote, which is worth checking out.
While the debut CD from Cosmo has yet to be released, one of the songs from that disc will be appearing on a compilation CD. According to melodicrock.com, Frontiers Records will be releasing a 2-CD set called "Rock the Bones Volume 4", which is due to be released October 20.
The Cosmo song that will be appearing on the compilation is called Don't Tell Me Your Lies, which will be on disc 2. That song will be released on the upcoming debut disc from Cosmo, tentatively titled "Alien"; no release date info available yet for that disc.
George forwarded me a letter from a fan with questions for me. Here are some answers.
Question/Why give up music?
I haven't given up music, I have given it up as a profession. I have been a musician all my adult life, there were a lot of ups and downs. I have never liked the business of music and there is no way to escape it if you rely on it for your living. The single biggest reason for me though, were my two son's who were growing up and I was missing large chunks of their childhood. Also, playing with Boston was becoming more and more unreliable as far as working was concerned. I could have played with other bands when Boston wasn't working, which was most of the time. However, my children deserved to have a dad that was around and could provide a consistent standard of living for them.
Question/Has he considered auctioning off any of his basses?
I love all of my basses, there are great memories associated with them. I couldn't part with any of them.
Question/Would he autograph Boston CD's?
Yes I would, as long as you make it easy for me. Postage paid returned envelope, etc, forwarded to
Allstate Insrance 1310
Tennessee St. Vallejo, CA. 94590
Question/Is it realistic for a person to assume one could have retired from a having spent a few years playing with Boston?
That would be a NO. I played with Boston for 10 years. Of those 10 years the band did 3 full scale tours and one 2 or 3 week tour of Canada. During this time we released 1 new studio album and a greatest hits with a couple of new songs on it. Not real prolific in my book. At times I made quite a bit of cash playing in the band, but considering the years that I made little or nothing, I could never have put away enough to retire. To be honest, I make a better living year in and year out owning an insurance agency. I have made more money in 3 years of insurance than I made in 10 with Boston. Having said that, I loved my time in the band, it was never about how much money I made, although I'm sure I could have made a much better living if we had just gone on tour every year or so and put out another CD or tour. But, it is what it is, I knew how Tom worked when I joined the band, I was surprised though, at the extremely slow pace at times.
Question/How long did it take him to master playing all the Boston songs when he was first hired?
First off, I studied the songs on my own and probably had the bass parts down in 2 weeks or so. One of the things I had to do was buy a 5 string bass because so many of the songs on Third Stage had the E string tuned lower than a standard pitch. Playing a bass with 5 strings was a bit of an adjustment. What was more difficult was playing the bass and singing, there was alot going on in some of those parts. I can't tell you how long that took because it was a gradual process of working with Brad and Doug on my own and rehearsing with the band. My memory is that we rehearsed for a full 2 months before the Third Stage tour, at the point that we played our first show I felt I really had it all down.
That's it! Sorry if I get a little wordy at times.