Today is a sad day for ‘Boston’ fans. The magical voice behind the band, Brad Delp, passed away at age 55. Another rock great taken from us way too soon. The rawness and emotion of Delp’s vocals, the melodic dual guitar interplay between Barry Goudreau and Tom Scholz as well as the novel sounding, spaced-out guitar crunch effects of Scholz, put Boston in a class of their own. This first Boston album was an absolute milestone in rock history (1976), and easily one of the top, definitive releases of the 70’s. I was in high school in New Jersey at the time, and remember the utter frenzy created at the local record stores when it was released, following the success of ‘More Than A Feeling’ and ‘Peace Of Mind’ on the radio. There was a huge line going around the block, with police barricades just to get the debut album! I’ll never forget it. In addition, whether many realize it or not, it was bands like Black Sabbath, Rush, Led Zeppelin, UFO, Boston, early Scorpions, etc. that spawned and influenced the Heavy Metal genre afterwards, and prompted many a pimply faced teen to pick up a guitar.
R.I.P. Brad Delp… you were a consummate rock star amongst STARS!!!!