OnlineHost: Your hosts tonight are AOLiveMC10 (Rusti I) and AOLiveMC7 (SheilahMM).
OnlineHost: On June 3, 1997, Epic Records released the "Greatest Hits" of one of the most popular and influential bands of the rock era: Boston. This 16-track anthology includes not only Boston's best-known and best-loved songs, but also three brand new Boston songs recorded and produced by group founder, guitarist and composer Tom Scholz.
OnlineHost: Tonight, while on tour, Brad Delp (vocals, guitar, keyboards) joins us to discuss their latest projects and their tour, encompassing more than forty cities in the US and Canada. Welcome!
AOLiveMC10: Welcome to AOL Live Brad Delp.
BDelp: Great to be here!
AOLiveMC10: Ready for some questions from your fans?
BDelp: I sure am.
AOLiveMC10: Here's our first question.
Question: Brad, I'm a big fan of Boston and being a singer myself, I really admire your singing ability. I wanna know if you had singing lessons, or is it just raw talent?
BDelp: I have never had any singing lessons. I got in my first band when I was 13 and I guess I learned to sing from mostly Beatles records when I was a kid.
Question: Brad what have you been up to? I live in Boston and think you are great
BDelp: If you live in Boston you may have heard of a band named Beetle Juice. That is a band I started with some friends mostly for our own enjoyment and I spent the last couple of years playing Beatle songs in clubs mostly on weekends.
Question: Who are some of your musical influences?
BDelp: At the risk of being redundant, the Beatles, of course. For singers I have always been a fan of Stevie Wonder. And lately, I have been hooked on an album by Richard Page, who was the former singer for Mister Mister.
Question: Brad, can you tell us what to expect from the new tour?
BDelp: Well it should have been the 20th anniversary tour but, because Tom hurt his hand last year, it will be the 21st anniversary tour! We will be playing, of course, almost all of the old songs as well as three new songs, which are included on the greatest hits record.
Question: Of your three new songs, which is your favorite?
BDelp: It is one I don't sing, and it is called "Tell Me." And it sung by Dave Sikes, our bass player.
Question: Does Boston have any additional recording commitments to Epic? I'm hoping for a new CD of all new material, or a live CD.
BDelp: I don't believe that we have further commitments but there has been some discussion among the band about possibly doing some live recording . We recorded numerous shows from our 1987 Third Stage Tour and we also recorded the 1995 tour, as well.
Question: Hi, Brad. I heard that you did a song for a movie that your son was in. Is this true, and is this song available to the public? See you in Columbia, MD and Allentown, Pa.
BDelp: Looking forward to seeing you, hopefully. What row are you in? It is true my son was in a locally produced film called "The Runaways." The song that I sang was written by Gary Pihl, the guitar player in Boston, and it is called "Hold On." I have no info at this time as to where you can see this film. I think they are still looking for distribution.
Question: Brad, I'm curious about ebony porn the evolution of the band both musically and personnel-wise. What do you think of the Boston sound now as opposed to 20 years ago, and how about the chemistry of the current lineup?
BDelp: I am very pleased with the current line-up, especially for me. Having Fran Cosmo to help me out, particularly on the high notes. He sings them they way I used to sing them when I was 25. As far as the music, all credit goes to Tom Scholz. It is very tough to come up with a unique sound, which I think Tom was able to do.
AOLiveMC10: Brad, let me jump in here for a moment. I just want to tell everyone that a tour schedule can be found at Keyword: AOL Live. Just click on the Brad Delp bio and you'll find all the dates.
Question: What were you feeling when you wrote "Peace of Mind?"
BDelp: I wish I had written "Peace of Mind," but that was actually written by Tom. It is basically about people struggling up the corporate ladder and I think his displeasure at that process. At the time he was working at Polaroid in their R&D department and I think the music represented an escape for him. "Peace of Mind" touched on that.
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