Classic Rock News And Views
August 16, 2011
This one’s a bit hard to quantify. Hearing that a new album from Boston is 85% complete might indicate that it will be another year or three before fans get a chance to hear it. It may have a lot to do with Boston honcho Tom Scholz and his well-known penchant for perfection. Scholz himself reported in 2010 that the album was “progressing at an agonizingly slow rate – like that would be news – but it is progressing.”
I suppose a guy can’t be blamed for wanting everything just right, so as long as fans have that straight, there won’t be any unrealistic expectations about when the album will actually be completed and ready to be released. To put it plainly, be patient. Perhaps very patient.
Boston, which is one of those groups that has seen a massive change in personnel over the years has just just one original member left in the line-up, and that, is of course, Tom Scholz. Having released their last studio album, Corporate America, in 2002, with Brad Delp still singing lead, one might wonder if the new album will sound much like the Boston of the past. According to new singer Tommy DeCarlo, it will.
The fact that Delp, who died tragically in 2007, will be featured on the new album certainly lends a measure of credibility to DeCarlo’s observation. It’s not entirely clear how Delp’s voice will be included on the album, but I suppose it’s reasonable to conclude that Scholz has in his possession some recordings of Delp working on new material prior to his death. A statement from the group includes the following:
“The lead vocals for Boston’s soon-to-be-released studio album include Brad Delp’s singing on many songs, along with several excellent performances by our other three lead vocalists. The album reflects an intentional effort by principal songwriter and producer Tom Scholz to capture the recognizable sound and energy of his original releases, combined with the musical sophistication expected from exceptional players and vocalists all performing within the traditional framework of the well-known Boston sound.”
At the same time, the group announced the departure of Michael Sweet who is returning to his long-time role as part of Stryper, who are planning a new album of their own. Sweet was not involved in the making of the forthcoming Boston album.
We’ve certainly seen Boston and certain people involved with the band embroiled in controversy over the last few years, but this transitional period that marks Sweet’s departure from the band appears to be happening without any of that, with both Sweet and Boston having good things to say about the time he spent with the group.
Although it’s hard to imagine Boston recapturing that old magic – especially considering how the band has evolved through the years – I see no reason to doubt that they may come out with something quite good. Beyond the news that Brad Delp will be heard on it, part of the group’s statement gives me some hope as well.
The part about the “intentional effort by principal songwriter and producer Tom Scholz to capture the recognizable sound and energy of his original releases,” sounds promising.
As a long-time fan, I’m looking forward to hearing what they’ve come up with.
July 2, 2009
From the way Tommy DeCarlo talks about his experience as the lead vocalist for legendary rock group Boston, the appreciation he has for the opportunity has not diminished at all. The former Home Depot employee recently talked to the folks at Melodicrockconcerts.com for about 36 minutes and shared some of his memories from the amazing journey has been on since he was discovered after posting some of his vocal performances on the internet.
You can tell that talking to DeCarlo is not like talking to a veteran rock star, and that’s kind of cool, since he sounds more like the guy next door than the guy on stage in front of screaming fans. Originally from Utica, New York, it’s easy to tell from his accent that he’s not native to the North Carolina home he shares with his wife and wife and two kids.
Although it’s not entirely clear what DeCarlo’s future with wind up being, he’s enormously grateful for the experience he had working with the band while touring with Styx last year. Spending time on the road with them evolved into a friendship with the guys from Styx that continues today. DeCarlo described his recent reunion with Styx at one of their shows as like seeing family.
Boston founder Tom Scholz is said to be working on new material, something DeCarlo would surely be interested in if he is invited to participate. Asked whether he would be willing to go on tour with Boston again, he jokingly says “Let me see. Let me think about that,” and then delivers a very decisive “Yes, I would love to.”
Despite the uncertainty of his future with Boston, DeCarlo is not sitting just around his house waiting for the phone to ring. He has involved himself in some of his own projects and reveals that he has been working with some writers and producers and doing jingles, which gives him some valuable experience in the studio. He describes it as a “great little gig,” and is something that probably allows him to continue to enjoy freedom from his old job at Home Depot.
Although I don’t know the exact details of Tommy DeCarlo’s employment status today and whether or not his musical endeavors earn him enough to pay the bills, I think the thought of returning to Home Depot after touring with Boston would be pretty tough on just about anyone. However, if it had to be done, DeCarlo strikes me as the kind of guy that has the humble, unassuming attitude that would allow him to put that orange apron right back on again and go back to helping customers navigate around the store.
I really kind of doubt that’s something he’s going to have to worry about though.
There’s a lot more in the interview which can be listened to at Melodicrockconcerts.com.
March 19, 2008
June 6 is the date that makes the beginning of Boston’s summer tour. The classic rock group will be in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the outdoor festival at Marina Park.
The other new member is Tommy DeCarlo who came to the attention of Boston by posting his Boston cover performances on his MySpace page. Tom Scholz was reportedly impressed with DeCarlo’s vocal ability and shocked to discover the similarities between DeCarlo’s voice and that of late Boston singer Brad Delp.
Boston’s summer tour schedule looks like it will be comprised of about 40 shows in locations in the U.S. and Canada.
The set list for the tour will include fan favorites from the groups five studio albums, including a few fan favorites that the group has not performed live for a number of years.
For tour details, check out Boston’s official website.