Brad Delp, lead singer of Boston, dies

posted 2007-03-12 15:21:45 by doug

Brad Delp, longtime lead vocalist of Boston (music), was found dead in his New Hampshire home Friday (3/9). He was 55 years old.

Delp was apparently home alone at the time of his death, officials said. His fiancee, Pamela Sullivan, discovered his body Friday, according to the Boston Globe. Sullivan reportedly had stayed out overnight Thursday (3/8) with friends, but returned to Delp's house Friday after she was unable to reach him by phone. While local police are characterizing his death as "untimely," no foul play is suspected. Police found Delp dead on the scene after responding to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. Friday, according to Atkinson Police Lt. William Baldwin.

The cause of the singer's death remains under investigation by local police and the New Hampshire Medical Examiner's office. Police are expected to issue an incident report later today (3/12).

Delp appeared on all of Boston's studio albums, including the band's self-titled 1976 debut, which contained the epoch-defining hits "More Than a Feeling" and "Long Time." The album sold more than 17 million copies and went on to become a bedrock of classic-rock radio.

After the group's 1978 follow-up, "Don't Look Back," Delp's notoriously perfectionist bandmate Tom Scholz (guitar) spent eight years tinkering in the studio before the release of the band's third album, "Third Stage."

Delp--who more recently had been supplementing his work with Boston by playing with Beatlejuice, his popular Beatles cover band--also appeared on Boston's most recent album, 2002's "Corporate America."

Boston was formed in the early '70s when Delp met Scholz, then an MIT student interested in experimental methods of recording music. At the time of his death, only Delp and Scholz remained from the group's original lineup.

The band's last concert appearance was in November 2006, at Boston's Symphony Hall.

"My heart goes out to his wonderful fiancee Pamela, his two children and other family members, his close friends and bandmates, and to the millions of people whose lives were made a little brighter by the sound of his voice," Scholz said in a statement to the press. "He will be dearly missed.

"Plans for live Boston performances this summer have, of course, been canceled," the guitarist added.

"Brad was admired and loved by many, known as the 'man with the golden voice' and recognized throughout the music community as 'the nicest man in rock and roll.' Brad will be deeply missed by (all) of his family, friends, fans and the entire music community," Peggy Rose, a family spokeswoman, said in a statement issued over the weekend.

Delp reportedly had recently proposed to his longtime girlfriend, and the pair had planned on marrying on one of the off-days during Boston's proposed summer tour.