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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.
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As the owner of this site, I like to take advantages of different social media services available to help share the news and content of this site in other ways. There is the RSS news feed, which you can get updates in any RSS reader or modern browser. There's also a Twitter account, which the feed for is embedded on the front page. There is also a MySpace page, which I will admit does not get a lot of attention. Now thirdstage.ca has a presence on Facebook.
If you're reading this, then you've probably heard of Facebook, and perhaps are even one of the over the half a billion people in the world who have a Facebook account. The new Facebook page will have postings of any news that comes up, which you will be able to see in your Facebook news feed. By "liking" the page, you can not only get the latest info, but view/add photos, video and share comments or stories on the page with other Boston fans.
To be a part of the page, just click the Like button on the side of the page, or click here to go to the page and click "Like".
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Fran and Anton Cosmo will be performing to help raise awareness for organ donation.
The concert, which will be held at The Stage on 6th Street in Austin, is to help raise awareness of organ donation and raise funds for Austin booking agent Tammy Miranda. Tammy has an autoimmune condition that causes liver failure. She has about a year to live. Tammy doesn't qualify for Medicaid and cannot get insurance.
Fran knows the importance of organ donation; his brother Ralph was saved with a double lung transplant. Fran has said "My brother Ralph had less than a month to live, but then had a double lung transplant! Now he is doing GREAT. I know in my heart that this is all going to turn out just as well for Tammy, I can feel it!"
Tammy Miranda is forming a foundation to raise funds for organ transplants.
You can buy tickets or make a donation by going to teamtammymiranda.com
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Tom Scholz will be appearing at MIT's Tech Night at the Pops on June 02.
Each year the MIT Reunion Classes invite the graduating students (undergraduate and graduate) to join them at Tech Night at the Pops. This year's Tech Night at the Pops is Thursday, June 2, from 8-10 pm at Symphony Hall in Boston, featuring guitarist Tom Scholz '69 of the Platinum Award winning band BOSTON and mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire '96.
For those interested, the Boston Symphony Orchestra site has the program listing.
This is a song from the Ryan Dupont Band, featuring Brad Delp on backing vocals.
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On March 02, Jeff Myaero (Myaeromusic) released the single of Everybody Says I Love You. This recording features Brad Delp on vocals, as well as Barry Goudreau on guitar. This song was originally released in 2008 on the album Shut Up and Kiss Me, which is still available at Discark. Now, the song has been released as a single, with half of the proceeds going support to the Brad Delp Foundation.
You can get the single in iTunes and at Amazon.
Info from WAAF Blog.
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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.