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I can't believe it's been four years since Brad Delp died.
I remember the day like it was yesterday, when I first heard the news that Brad was gone, I couldn't believe it - in fact I didn't believe it right away, not until I read a news article from a major news organization. Once I was forced to accept that this was real, I spent hours going through all the news channels on TV, looking for articles online, anything that had more information as to what happened. Then when it was revealed that he took his own life, I was in utter shock. I, like many others had no idea of the depression Brad felt or any problems he was having in his life.
Many try to point the finger, find a reason why this happened. I don't think there is one thing that pushed Brad to that point and I don't think we'll ever truly understand, even with the recent article The Boston Globe wrote, or the emails that have surfaced. Even if we could find an answer, it doesn't change what happened, doesn't change what the world lost on that day.
The Brad Delp Foundation was created by his friends and family to carry on the legacy of giving and kindness of Brad.
Let's take the time to remember the man, remember the voice. Listen to any recordings you have with Brad and celebrate the life of Brad. Please share any stories or memories you have of Brad in the comments.
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It took a while, but Stryper's latest album The Covering has finally been released. If you've haven't been keeping up on this album, it comprises of cover songs of some of the bands that influenced Stryper, like Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Sweet, Judas Priest, Van Halen and more.
The album was originally due to be released last fall, but the release date was pushed to February 15 to give more time to set up the release. Stryper did make early copies available for sale on their website in the second half of January.
You can get the album online at Stryper.com, iTunes and Amazon
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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)
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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.
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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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.
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The December People, which features BOSTON member Gary Pihl, have a couple of performances lined up:
Sunday, Dec. 5 San Jose Holiday Parade
The International Award-Winning SAN JOSE HOLIDAY PARADE, considered one of the “TOP 25 PARADES IN AMERICA” by the International Festivals and Events Association, is ready to step off the holiday season in Northern California! The San Jose Holiday Parade, the largest parade of its kind in Northern California, and one of the largest in the state, is ready to usher in the holidays with its giant helium balloons, over two dozen marching bands, creative floats, dozens of specialty units, clowns and Santa Claus.Beginning at 8:30 a.m., televised live on NBC Bay Area at 9:00 a.m. and streamed worldwide on NBCBayArea.com.
Friday December 10 - San Jose "Can Jam" at the Avalon
KFOX Radio 98.5 San Jose sponsors a Can-Jam charity food drive with the December People and the winners of this year’s Last Band Standing contest. Starts 7:30 PM
777 Lawrence Expressway
Santa Clara, CA, 95051
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You've all seen these - short and confusing looking links on sites and services like Twitter. I've been using these on the Twitter feed to keep links shorter. They're convenient, but confusing. What's worse is that using these you need to rely on another site somewhere else in the world. I've wanted to have my own custom shortener for this site for a while now. Well, now I do.
I've set up a service and a new domain name: 3rdstg.ca (a shorter representation of thirdstage.ca) which I will use to create short links that can be used on Twitter and elsewhere. Stories published here will also feature short links at the top, which you can easily copy and paste to share.
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As previously reported over the summer, Stryper was recording a new CD called The Covering, which features covers of some of the greatest metal songs. The album was expected released sometime in September, but has been delayed.
According to Stryper's official site, the release will now be sometime in the first quarter of 2011. According to their site, the reason is "the business and label team feel that more set-up time will allow for a stronger release of this amazing recording."
Details on the release date will be posted here when available.
Update February 01: Release date is February 15, 2011
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The time between Boston albums can be long - very long. So it's natural that members of the band use that time to persue other projects.
Gary Pihl is working with a band called December People. This band, made up of Robert Berry (who Gary has worked with in the band Alliance), Mike Vanderhule, Jack Foster and Dave Medd. This group performs Christmas music - and does an awesome job of it.
The group released their album Rattle & Humbug October 10, 2010, which features Christmas classics such as Joy to the World, Little Drummer Boy and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The music is described by the band as Industrial Strength Holiday Music.
For more info on the band, go to decemberpeople.com.
Buy Rattle & Humbug:
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This coming Saturday night, October 16, Kimberley Dahme, Gary Pihl, former Boston drummer, Doug Huffman, and Ric Podmore will be performing Kimberley's songs - and some surprise cover songs - at The Spillway in Aurora, CO. The occasion is Jeff Greenstein's Birthday Party. It's open to the public, so if you're in the Denver area, please stop by and join the party!
Then on November 13th, Gary Pihl will be sitting in with the December People to celebrate the holidays at the The World Theater at California State University Monterey Bay. Partnering with HIPPO FM104.3 to help those in need this holiday season in a canned food drive to benefit the Food Banks of Monterey and San Benito counties and the SPCA. For every five cans of people or pet food you bring to the theater on the night of the performance, you can get a ticket to The December People for only $10!