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You may recall back in 2009 Tommy DeCarlo recorded a Christmas song with The M Players, called I Can't Wait Till Christmas Day. Tommy has recorded another song, this one is called I Miss You Christmas. The song can be heard on the front page of Tommy's official site.
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The December People, which features BOSTON guitarist Gary Pihl, have a couple shows lined up in time for the holidays. If you haven't checked then out, they released their album Rattle & Humbug last year. You can listen to samples here. If you like it, you can get it on iTunes.
November 12, 2011
2:00pm and 8:00 pm
The December People will be performing at the World Theater. They will be partnering with The Hippo radio for a food drive to support the Food Banks of Monterey and San Benito counties and the SPCA. Five cans of people or dog food will get you a 30% discount on the ticket price. More info can be found at the World Theater site.
December 11, 2011
The December People will be performing a free concert in The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun. Make sure to get there early to get good seats!
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You may recall back in July, In The Studio aired an episode featuring interviews with Tom Scholz. At the end of the show, they teased a second part coming up "next month." Well it's been much more than a month, but In The Studio is finally airing another episode. This week's episode commemorates the 25th anniversary of Third Stage.
To get more information about the show, as well as where and when it airs in your area, go to inthestudio.net
Update: If you didn't get to listen to the show on the radio, it's now available in the audio section.
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Wild Blue Yonder Magazine has published a list of some of Tom Scholz's favorite places in Boston:
MIT grad and founder of the rock band BOSTON, Tom Scholz has lived in Beantown for three decades and lays out his favorite haunts.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market, is a great place to relax outdoors and watch the endless and entertaining parade of people and street performers (1 Faneuil Hall, 617-523-1300).
My wife and I love the Mediterranean food at Vlora where there are plenty of options for vegetarians (545 Boylston St, 617-638-9699).
Cafe Sol Azteca, just a short ride from downtown Boston, has a beautiful outdoor terrace and serves excellent guacamole, black bean soup and margaritas (75 Union St, Newton Ctr; 617-964-0920).
Farther out in Waltham, La Campania serves the finest gourmet Italian fare in a relaxed but elegant setting (504 Main St; 781-894-4280).
See a show at Symphony Hall. The acoustics are considered to be the best in the nation. The huge 4,800-pipe organ is incredible, and the grand decor will take you back in time (301 Massachusetts Ave, 617-266-1492).
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BOSTON publicist Gail Parenteau released a statement regarding the departure of Michael Sweet which was published on the news site blabbermouth.net:
"We truly enjoyed having Michael Sweet sing and play guitar on stage for the 2008 BOSTON tour along with Tommy DeCarlo, who was the lead vocalist replacing Brad Delp. However, Michael has not been involved in the recording of BOSTON's next studio album, which is now 85% complete. We have always understood his obvious commitment to his band STRYPER, and wish him and his band the best of luck with their new endeavors.
"The lead vocals for BOSTON's soon-to-be-released studio album include Brad Delp's singing on many songs, along with several excellent performances by our other three lead vocalists. The album reflects an intentional effort by principal songwriter and producer Tom Scholz to capture the recognizable sound and energy of his original releases, combined with the musical sophistication expected from exceptional players and vocalists all performing within the traditional framework of the well-known BOSTON sound."
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Boston members Gary Pihl, Kimberley Dahme and Jeff Neal will be performing their debut show as Color Three in Chicago on August 23.
Together, Color Three is a group that peforms to help others, in fact, their slogan from their official site is "Joining forces to help those in need." They will be doing just that on August 23rd at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. The band takes the stage at 6:45pm and will be performing all new songs. The show is part of Chicago’s 4th Annual Welcome Home Celebration, which helps service members and veterans get information on housing, benefits, education, employment, legal services and more.
For more information about the show, you can go to the Department of Veterans Affairs or bandboston.com.
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Stryper frontman and accomplished solo artist Michael Sweet announced his departure from legendary rock band BOSTON today, in order to devote his full attention to his longstanding role as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist for multi-platinum rock outfit Stryper – a band he co-founded in 1983. Sweet joined BOSTON in 2008, sharing lead vocals and playing guitar on a headlining tour of North America, performing the band's classic hits like "More than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Amanda" and "Don't Look Back."
Following the BOSTON tour, Stryper released the 2009 studio album "Murder by Pride" (featuring a cover of BOSTON’s "Peace of Mind"), which led to a yearlong world tour with all of the original members. In 2010, Stryper released "The Covering," and another world tour recently concluded. Stryper is currently in the studio working on an untitled release for 2011, with tour dates already announced for this fall.
"My focus and my loyalty lies with Stryper, the band that I've committed almost thirty years of my life to," says Sweet. "The guys in Stryper are my brothers and I’m excited about our future together. The music of BOSTON helped shape who I am as an artist, and the opportunity to be a part of their musical legacy is overwhelming. It’s been an honor to share the stage with them, and a bigger honor to call them my friends."
In addition to the increasing demands for Stryper, Sweet has been spending some of his time off the road in Nashville, writing with A-list songwriters such as Blair Daly (Rascal Flatts, Uncle Kracker, Lynyrd Skynyrd), Luke Laird (Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw), Britton Cameron (Steel Magnolia, Lonestar, Eden's Edge) and others.
"I’ve always loved the writing process and to be able to collaborate with some of the greatest writers in Nashville is an absolutely amazing experience for me," explains Sweet. "I’m looking forward to many more successful trips to Music City."
Stryper has sold more than 8 million albums worldwide. The group’s unprecedented 1986 album "To Hell with the Devil" went double-platinum and was named one of the "100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music" by CCM Magazine.
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Radio show In The Studio this week features Tom Scholz. The show celebrates the 35th anniversary of the release of the first album. The show features interview with Tom and clips from Brad Delp. The show is airing the week of July 11. To find out what stations carry the show you can see the list of radio stations.
There is a 20 minute clip of the show on the front page of the site.
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June 12 marks what would have been Brad Delp's 60th birthday. Rock Hard Magazine has released an article featuring interviews with some of the people who were closest to Brad. The article also features a sample of a never before released song sung by Brad called "That's All Love Is".
The article gives some encouraging news with info from Brad's daughter Jenna. There is work being done on cleaning up some of Brad's unreleased solo material and collaborations with hopes of release! At the time of the interview, Jenna had hoped to have one song released on iTunes in time for Brad's birthday, however there doesn't appear to be any release yet. You may have seen the video on YouTube that Mark "Guitar" Miller posted of him recording in Brad's studio in the 80s for Brad's solo work. If you haven't seen it, you can check it out.
There are some challenges with the material -- namely mold. Apparently some of the material was damaged in a basement flood, and the tapes need to be cleaned. There's a video on YouTube of Brad's friend Roger Carmody working on transfering a tape wearing protective gear:
You can read the whole article at: http://www.rockhardmagazine.com/delp.dwt
The article is posted as a series of JPG images. If you have trouble reading it, I created a full transcript of the article in text form which can be accessed here.
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From the Boston Globe:
Among those celebrating Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 150th anniversary over the weekend was Tom Scholz. The MIT alum and mastermind behind the formerly mega-selling band Boston performed with the Pops at Symphony Hall, wearing a tuxedo shirt and playing his signature Mighty Mouse Les Paul guitar. (In his intro, Pops conductor Keith Lockhart recalled how Boston’s first LP was the soundtrack to his senior year of high school.) Scholz played a new song, "Last Day of School," on the Symphony Hall pipe organ. He played four songs on guitar to a sold-out house backed by the orchestra, ending the set with "To Be a Man" from the "Third Stage" album.