BRAD DELP Tribute Concert
Sunday August 19, 2007
Bank of America Pavilion BOSTON, MA
A LITTLE DELP FROM HIS FRIENDS…..The
city of Boston, Massachusetts is a historical
haven of monuments that exemplifies the revolution of American
freedom. One of those freedoms is music and
BOSTON harbors some of Rock ‘n’ Rolls richest
musical cultures proudly producing bands the likes of AEROSMITH,
J.GEILS BAND, THE CARS, DROPKICK MURPHY’S and the band
that carries the eponym of the fine city itself, BOSTON.
The “Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” comprised
of Bostonians BRADLEY DELP (vocals), BARRY GOUDREAU (Guitar),
SIB HASHIAN (Drums), and FRAN SHEEHAN (Bass) would
team up with OHIO native TOM SCHOLZ (Guitar)
to rocket to the top of the charts in the late 1970’s.
The band would release its first record
in 1976, the self-titled album ranks as the most successful
debut in U.S. history selling over 17 million
records, that mark still holds strong today. The second album
“Don’t Look Back” was released in 1978 selling
over 4 million copies that record would prove to be the last
for the classic line-up.
The immediate and enormous success of the
first two albums along with constant struggles with record labels
would fuel tensions within the band, this would eventually “Cool
the Engines” and disintegrate the dynamic arena
While several unsuccessful attempts have
been made over the years to once again reach the stratosphere
under the BOSTON name one thing that remained
constant was the soaring voice of lead vocalist BRADLEY
While DELP arguably may
have possessed the most prolific pipes in “Rock ‘n’ Roll”
all he ever wanted to be was just another BEATLE fan
out of BOSTON.
the better part of his career belting out BEATLES tunes
in the BOSTON area with what he affectionately
called his “hobby band” BEATLEJUICE.
His vehement voice and heavenly harmonies were suddenly
and sadly silenced this past March as the Music industry
lost one of its most benevolent brothers at the age of 55.
While his body of work may sooth some of the sorrow of this
tragic loss for those left behind, it is our hope that he has
finally found his “Piece of Mind”.
The LIGHTHOUSE Rock Report was
privileged enough to partake in one of the most emotive celebrations
of a man and his music we have ever witnessed.
The “Come Together” tribute
show would see BOSTON’S
Rock ‘n’ Rollers rally to share a “Party”
to celebrate the life of BRADLEY DELP.
Ironically enough like most shows involving
TOM SCHOLZ the concert was delayed briefly due
to technical difficulties. Once it was under way ERINE
and the AUTOMATICS took fans on a short but sweet ride.
Next out would be BEATLEJUICE who
gave an electrifying performance of BEATLE classics in
honor of their fallen front man.
FARRENHEIT would be next up and wowed the crowd with
a spirited set. Led by guitarist/vocalist CHARLIE
FARREN whose resume also includes opening for
first ever tour as well as teaming
up with AEROSMITH’S lead guitarist on the JOE
PERRY PROJECT. Check out his fine Rock ‘n’
Roll resume at (www.charliefarren.com).
While this wasn’t a
band that did unite for this special evening was EXTREME.
GARY CHERONE and NUNO BETTENCOURT got
the “Funk Out” with a “Hole Hearted” set
of fan favorites. EXTREME would also debut
a piano ballad which they had co-written with DELP the
previous summer when he joined them for their reunion at the
While most of the evening included many old
friends they also welcomed in some new ones; GODSMACK took
time from their busy tour schedule to join in the festivities.
The masters of metal stripped it down and performed an enamoring
unplugged set of hits much to the delight of the baby boomer
As dusk fell over the waterfront Pavilion
it was time delve into the DELP catalog of songs.
RTZ was DELP’S post
band and also included guitarist BARRY GOUDREAU, songwriting
keyboardist BRIAN MAES, drummer DAVID STEFANELLI,
and bassist TIM ARCHIBALD.
This was the most impassioned set
of the evening as this was a group that personified the easy
going love of making music together that DELP embodied.
Last up would be the many incarnations of
by guitar wizard TOM SCHOLZ. While it was
a treat to hear he classic catalog live once again it made you
appreciate what DELP meant to that band and the songs.
Stepping in for the bulk of the vocals was
MICHAEL SWEET formerly of STRYPER.
Hats off to SWEET who did a commendable
job under exceptionally difficult circumstances.
One of the surprises of the night was when
SCHOLZ invited fan Tommy DeCarlo, the
raised the roof with his vocal prowess. The demure DELP
would have relished this moment as his love of his fans
is what inspired him most.
The shows finale “Don’t Look Back”
featured almost all the members of
stage both past and present. Drummer SIB HASHIAN
who participated with ERNIE and the AUTOMATICS and
RTZ chose to sit this one out.
The LIGHTHOUSE Rock Report had the privilege to speak
with BOSTON/RTZ axeman
BARRY GOUDREAU (www.barrygoudreau.com).
His guitar intro on “Don’t Look Back” is still
“Smokin” the real Rock Radio airwaves
some thirty years later.
Ross CAT-Thanks for your time Barry I
know this has been a difficult few months; I realize BRAD
wasn’t just a longtime band mate he was also a member of your
Tell us about how this emotive event put
together to celebrate the life BRADLEY DELP came together?
really was spearheaded by BRAD’S talented daughter JENNIFER.
She’s a Graduate of the prestigious
of Southern California Film School and now working in the industry;
that really comes as no surprise as BRAD was the biggest movie
buff you’d ever met.
Part of the concert this evening will be
a short film titled “The Rock Star I Call Dad” about BRAD and
his life written and directed by JENNIFER. It really is
a moving tribute to a kind soul.
show is sure to stir up an abundance of emotions from family,
friends and fans, you happen to fall under all of those groupings,
tell us your mindset going into the concert?
BARRY GOUDREAU- Well
I think for myself and the bands I will be performing with we
are looking at the show as really being a public service for
RTZ plans on debuting a couple of new songs,
one of them written by RTZ keyboardist/songwriter BRIAN MAES
called “Set the Songbird Free”. This particular song really
addresses our thoughts about BRAD’S life and death.
will be the first time that several members of the definitive
will take the stage together in over two decades. What
has the interaction been like between BOSTON
members both past and present
in preparing for the show?
way it is actually going to work out is that bassist FRAN SHEEHAN
and I will be joining TOM SCHOLZ and his current band along
with past BOSTON members for the last song of the night “Don’t
I know this performance has been kind of
billed as a reunion of the original band but it isn’t.
We will be the performing the final song of the show together
to honor BRAD but that’s really as far as it goes.
CAT-While this is a
memorable event musically it’s unfortunate the circumstances
that bring you back together. It really is quite admirable
that everyone has decided to “Come Together” and
set aside their differences to celebrate the life of BRAD
what everyone one is really trying to do is to keep the focus
of the event on BRAD. Unfortunately most of the pre-press
for the show has been about the band reuniting which is not
the case. Obviously the circumstances surrounding his
untimely death are a very private and painful matter.
All parties involved would really like to
get past the dramatics and devote the evening to BRAD whose
kindness and passion reached far beyond his momentous musical
Ross CAT-That’s completely understandable,
let’s do just that and talk about BRAD DELP the
man. He has been recognized by peers and fans as the “nicest
guy in Rock ‘n’ Roll”, talk about what it was like being
a band mate with BRAD?
in the show are BRAD’S closest friends and comrades and all
have stories as to what a kind, caring and giving soul he was.
All the wonderful words and stories that have been written and
told since his death are true. He was always the last to leave
a show, signing autographs and taking pictures sincerely connecting
More then anything else BRAD was a remarkable
human being, he gave his all in everything he did, and left
an indelible mark in every life he touched.
the nucleus of BOSTON
split following the second album you and BRAD continued
to make music together right up until his death in March.
Tell us about the most successful of those
collaborations RTZ (RETURN TO ZERO), whose debut
album charted and saw the band take to the road once again?
the debut album was released in 1991 and really had some legs
as we hit the road. We just didn’t feel that that label
was giving it the proper support so we put the project to rest
at that point.
there where plenty of unreleased tracks that finally saw the
light of day in the past few years titled “Lost in America”
and “Found in America”, both
are well worth a listen and available at CD
we are all really proud of those songs. We actually recorded
them right in my home studio. One was recorded before
the official release and one after.
BRAD really was a special talent musically
and it reached far beyond his extraordinary voice. I would
lay down the music and he would just walk into the studio with
the lyrics he had written for it and just blow me away.
After all we had been through with BOSTON
and record labels RTZ gave us all the freedom to express ourselves
artistically without any boundaries and I think we all thrived
in that environment.
BARRY, since there will be so many fans that won’t be
able to attend the show tell us about the foundations
that both you and BRAD have dedicated your time and talent
two children JENNIFER and JOHN MICHAEL, along with his former
wife MICKI, who has also been instrumental in putting together
the tribute, have organized the BRAD DELP FOUNDATION (www.braddelpfoundation.org).
BRAD’S generosity spanned over so many social
causes this foundation focuses on giving back to the music community
by helping fund schools and libraries with Grants and Scholarships.
Also involved are SUZANNE HASHIAN, BRIAN MAES (RTZ), and BRAD’S
dear friend BILL FAULKNER.
Another foundation I’m involved with in helping
young people find music is called “MUSIC DRIVES US” set up by
ERNIE BOCK, JR. of ERNIE and the AUTOMATICS (www.ernieandtheautomatics.com).
That band also includes me and SIB HABHIAN, TIM ARCHIBALD, and
Rock Report would like to thank BARRY GOUDREAU for
sharing his time with us during such a grievous time.