March 16, 2007, - 6:01 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Can’t let the week get away without commenting on the suicide of “Boston” lead singer Brad Delp.
I don’t know much about him or his politics (so forgive me if he was a raving lefty and I didn’t mention it). But I do know that Delp was a talented vocalist and that Boston is one of my favorite rock groups from the ’80s. Boston songs are uplifting and catchy and, even though I have very eclectic musical taste, Boston remains among my favorites and part of my workout music.
My favorite “Boston” song is, “Long Time,” particularly these lyrics:
I’ve got to keep on chasin’ a dream;
I’ve gotta be on my way . . . .
There’s a long road, I’ve gotta stay in time with;
I’ve got to keep on chasin that dream, though I may never find it.
It’s sad that someone like that with so much talent gave up on life. Many washed up groups from the ’80s have made a semi-comeback playing smaller clubs and earning a pretty decent living. And “Boston” was one of those groups. They had very decent tour dates and locales. Too bad for “Boston” that the group has now lost the great voice that gave its equally great guitar/keyboard/drum-heavy combination its crowning touch. And Brad Delp’s kids have lost a Dad.
He left a suicide note, saying he was a lost soul. So sad that someone whose talents were so uplifting to others, was himself so incurably depressed.
Brad Delp, Rest in Peace.
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