Who sang the lead vocals for Boston?

Brad Delp, the lead singer of the rock band Boston, was found dead on Friday at his home in Atkinson, N. H. The Associated Press reported that a police spokesman said that Mr. Delp apparently died alone and that there was no indication of foul play.

Tommy DeCarlo is Boston's lead singer, but he still considers himself one of the fans. Tommy DeCarlo joined Boston after posting a tribute video to Delp on his MySpace page, and has shared some vocal duties with David Victor since last year. Guitarist Tom Scholz, co-founder of Boston in 1976, also sings backup music, as does rhythm guitarist Gary Pihl (the other oldest member of the band, dating back to 198) and bassist Kimberley Dahme. Although probably best known for the soaring vocals and range of his golden voice and for singing all the parts of harmony in each song, Delp was also a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, harmonica and keyboards.

The band's main members on their most popular recordings included founder and multi-instrumentalist leader Tom Scholz, who played most of the instruments on the debut album, and lead vocalist Brad Delp, among other musicians who varied from album to album. It was 13 years ago (March 9, 2000) that Boston lead singer Brad Delp committed suicide at his home in Atkinson, New Hampshire, at the age of 55. Dahme returned, this time playing rhythm guitar and vocals, and the drum duties were divided between Neal and Smith, with Neal managing the first leg of the tour. Scholz has been working on a new album for several years, and DeCarlo (who has contributed the voice to the album) says he is as excited as anyone to hear what Boston will do next. When he saw that there was going to be a tribute concert to honor the singer, he wanted to contact the band to offer his help as a vocalist.

After Boston's first two albums, Delp sang the voice on Barry Goudreau's self-titled solo album, released in 1980. A series of interviews conducted by the Boston Herald alleged that persistent resentments of the dissolution of Boston in the 1980s and the personal tension between Delp and the director of the band Scholz led the singer to commit suicide. The most remembered of them is undoubtedly the classic “More Than a Feeling”, which you now have the opportunity to hear the incredible isolated voices of the musician. Delp contributed vocals and co-wrote songs on the debut album, but returned to Boston and recorded vocals on Boston's third album.

Tom Scholz also credited the late Brad Delp for helping to create the Boston sound with his signature vocal style. DeCarlo's life, however, took a sharp turn to the left when the lead guitarist, composer and founding producer of Boston, Tom Scholz, listened to DeCarlo's version of Boston's “Don't Look Back” one day on the Internet. The group, with Delp now back in the band, toured in the summer of 1995 with Cosmo and Delp combining vocals. When you attend the Summer Music Festival, expect some Boston, some DeCarlo and some rock music from the 70s and 80s, and don't forget that Steve Augeri Band, former lead singer of Journey, will also be on stage that night.

As Boston continues without the late vocalist Brad Delp, it takes the equivalent of a small army of people to replace him on live dates. Therefore, it really takes a collective effort among all members of the band to achieve the harmonious voice in a live show.

Bryant Delosier
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