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Rock n Roll Man: Fans of the band Boston say Good-bye to Classic Rocker
Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr. BLT

Phantom Tollbooth visitors: Feel free to hear and download the following Brian Delp tribute song for free: 

Rock n Roll Man
Dr BLT
words and music by Dr BLT (c)2007
http://www.drblt.net/music/RnRMan.mp3

The band Boston was one of the main acts featured on the High School mental “soundtrack” that accompanies the memories of many who were in their teens during the 1970s.  Classic rock hits like "More Than a Feeling" and "Peace of Mind" were heard blaring from nearly every High School hotrod filled with hormone-laden teens in that post-hippy decade.  

That’s one reason that there was a deafening silence among 70s rock fans when they learned that he died on March 9. 2007 at his home in New Hampshire.  If that news wasn’t hard enough a burden to carry, his untimely death was later found to be a suicide.  

If that weren’t bad enough, bad blood between Boston band members apparently boiled over when current members, including the band’s main songwriter and founder, Tom Scholz, had not been invited to Delp's funeral.  They were conspicuously excluded from the guest list, which was filled with family members, close friends of Delp, and early band members who had stood in opposition to Scholz in a 1980s legal battle.  The funeral exclusions added insult to injury to Scholz, and other band members who were at the wrong end of the legal machinations, and, according to an article by Associated Press writer, Katherine Webster,Scholz  feels unfairly blamed for the suicide.  

It’s too bad that the partnership made in heaven between Delp and Scholz had to take such a hellish turn.  I’m hopeful that they’ll be reunited in that Rock n Roll Heaven the Righteous Brothers sang about in their hit song that came out in the decade that unleashed Boston.  While the relationship apparently hit a sour note along the way, their rock n roll partnership will not be forgotten.  After all, it was this partnership that   carved out a signature sound for the band and made the band a permanent fixture in the history of rock.

The band's first album (self-titled) was a huge success and continues to be one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, according to Billboard, selling more than 16 million copies. Boston's early music also continues to be aired on classic rock stations around the world.

Brad Delp was and is a force to be reckoned with.  He was known as "the nicest man in rock n roll" and as "the man with the golden voice."  That voice turned a long string of songs by the band, Boston into gold.  It was the perfect party music for those about to rock.  It was the voice of a generation.  Now that voice and the man that brought it to us with unspeakable passion is gone forever.  
 

Brad Delp was and is a force to be reckoned with.  He was known as "the nicest man in rock n roll" and as "the man with the golden voice."  That voice turned a long string of songs by the band, Boston into gold.  It was the perfect party music for those about to rock.  It was the voice of a generation.  Now that voice and the man that brought it to us with unspeakable passion is gone forever.  Brad Delp, this one's for you.

On the Net:

Boston's official Web site: http://bandboston.com/html/bd­html.html

Fan Web site: www.gonnahitcharide.com
 
 
 
 
 
 

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