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They are so anti-corporate, Cosmik! Listen to "Corporate America"

Fare thee well, global exinction's forever

So what the hell...

order your Mercedes in leather.

veal crates, ozone holes and toxic waste

and don't count out religious hate

who can survive this manmade fate?

People gave that band tremendous crap for this album but it is great.

I will miss Brad terribly.

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Yep, that's a classic. Man, hearing Brad Delp died makes you realize how much time has passed since that song was hit. "More Than a Feeling" came out when I was in high school, and by the following year, my first in college, it was still hugely popular, blasting at top volume from just about every dorm window. It's such an anthem for that era.... I liked Boston a lot, and always wished they had stayed together a little longer...

James and BeatleJay, I'm with you on "A Man I'll Never Be." That one's my favorite song by the band --- a classic rock ballad. Here it is on You Tube; play it right after the vid Kathy linked for a great one-two punch:


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They're now saying it was suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Something must have been going on internally with him. About to be married, a new album, and tour. What a shame, I'll miss his soaring voice...

Family: Boston Lead Singer Brad Delp's Death Was Suicide

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


The family of Brad Delp, the lead singer for the band Boston, said his death was a suicide.

"He was a man who gave all he had to give to everyone around him, whether family, friends, fans or strangers," the family said in a statement relayed by police Wednesday. "He gave as long as he could, as best he could, and he was very tired. We take comfort in knowing that he is now, at last, at peace."

Delp, 55, died Friday at his Atkinson home. Fiancee Pamela Sullivan found him.

Toxicology tests by the state medical examiner's office showed that Delp committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, said Lt. William Baldwin. Delp also left two notes taped to a door and letters to his family and Sullivan.

Baldwin said police do not know the contents of the letters.

The family's statement said Sullivan, Delp's children and their mother, Delp's ex-wife Micki Delp, were grateful for the sympathy they had received.

Brad Delp joined Boston in the mid-1970s and sang two of its biggest hits, "More than a Feeling" and "Long Time."

Delp had planned to marry Sullivan this summer during a break in a tour with Boston. A lifelong Beatles fan, Delp also played with a tribute band, Beatle Juice.

Beatle Juice performed a benefit last year to help build a new public library in Atkinson, a small town of about 6,000 residents on the Massachusetts border.

The family said last week it planned a private funeral followed by a public memorial to be scheduled later.

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You may already know this....

There's much more to being happy than talent, fame and fortune. Unfortunately, there's an ugly monster that sometimes lurks called mental illness - this covers a broad spectrum of diseases. I know about one of the many diseases first hand. It is sheer he**.


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I used to be one of those people who would roll their eyes when I heard about a talented, successful and/or wealthy person claiming depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. Not now.

While I don't know Brad Delp's situation, I have seen the horrible effects of clinical depression. It's just awful, and real.

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While those are all great ideas, unfortunately, those kinds of things are usually the last things on the mind of a person with suicidal tendencies......and they're also usually very, very good at hiding their feelings from others (as those of us on this board who have had friends or relatives who have attempted or committed suicide know).

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It seems as though he was torn up inside from being placed in the middle between friends for twenty-some years.

When the three former Boston members Barry Goudreau, Sib Hashian, and Fran Sheehan had a bad falling out with Tom Scholz in the early 80's, Brad was in the middle. He was friends with all of them, and continued to work with Boston and with the other 3 on side projects.

Brad was married to Barry's wife's sister, so Barry was not only a close friend but family as well.

Scholz still takes some pretty harsh digs at the ex-boston members, in a long raving 2002 letter to fans that was pretty insulting to all three, and he even took a thinly veiled dig at them in the UNEDITED version (posted on bandboston.com) of the Rolling Stone interview about Brad's death.

It appears that Brad felt that no matter what he did as far as staying with Boston or quitting in protest he would be betraying a friend, which to him would be the most painful thing to have to endure.

Then, Brad's longtime friend Fran Cosmo (who sang with Brad on Goudreau's 1980 solo record, on their 1984 Orion The Hunter record, and sang lead on Boston's 1994 "Walk On") was just nixed from this Summer's upcoming Boston tour.

That seems to have been the last straw.

The following is an article from today's Boston Herald that sheds some light on this.


Delp’s ex says ‘No one can possibly understand’

By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa

Friday, March 16, 2007 - Updated: 07:59 AM EST

Boston lead singer Brad Delp was driven to despair after his longtime friend Fran Cosmo was

dropped from a summer tour, the last straw in a dysfunctional professional life that ultimately led

to the sensitive frontman’s suicide, Delp’s ex-wife said.

“No one can possibly understand the pressures he was under,†said Micki Delp, the mother of

Delp’s two kids, in an exclusive interview with the Track.

“Brad lived his life to please everyone else. He would go out of his way and hurt himself

before he would hurt somebody else, and he was in such a predicament professionally that no

matter what he did, a friend of his would be hurt. Rather than hurt anyone else, he would hurt

himself. That’s just the kind of guy he was.â€

Cosmo, who had been with Boston since the early ’90s, had been “disinvited†from the planned

summer tour, Micki Delp said, “which upset Brad.â€

But according to Tom Scholz, the MIT-educated engineer who founded the band back in 1976,

the decision to drop Cosmo was not final and Delp was not upset about the matter. (Cosmo’s son

Anthony, however, was scratched from the tour.)

“The decision to rehearse without the Cosmos was a group decision,†Scholz said in a

statement through his publicist. “Brad never expressed unhappiness with that decision . . . and

took an active part in arranging the vocals for five people, not seven.â€

Nonetheless, according to the singer’s suicide notes released yesterday, Delp said he had

“lost my desire to live.â€

Police say Delp sealed himself inside his bathroom last Friday, lit two charcoal grills and

committed suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Mr. Brad Delp. J’ai une ame solitaire. I am a lonely soul,†said one of the notes. “I take

complete and sole responsibility for my present situation.†The note also included instructions on

how to contact his fiancee, Pamela Sullivan, who found Delp’s body.

“Unfortunately she is totally unaware of what I have done,†the note said.

Yesterday Sullivan, who was planning to marry Delp this summer, said the situation was

“extremely painful†for her, Delp’s children and his family.

“To the rest of the world, this is a big story,†she said. “But to Brad and Micki’s children and

me, it’s very different.â€

According to police reports released yesterday, Delp was found on the floor of his bathroom

Friday, his head on a pillow and a note paper-clipped to the neck of his shirt. He died sometime

between 11:30 p.m. March 8 and the next afternoon.

Sullivan told police that Delp “had been depressed for some time, feeling emotional (and) bad

about himself,†according to the reports.

According to Micki Delp, Brad was upset over the lingering bad feelings from the ugly

breakup of the band Boston over 20 years ago. Delp continued to work with Scholz and Boston

but also gigged with Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan and Sib Hashian, former members of the

band who had a fierce falling out with Scholz in the early ’80s.

As a result, he was constantly caught in the middle of the warring factions. The situation was

complicated by the fact that Delp’s ex-wife, Micki, is the sister of Goudreau’s wife, Connie.

“Barry and Sib are family and the things that were said against them hurt,†Micki said.

“Boston to Brad was a job, and he did what he was told to do. But it got to the point where he just

couldn’t do it anymore.â€

Considerate to the end, Delp left a note on the top of the stairs at his home warning rescuers

that there was carbon monoxide in the house. Another note said the couple’s cat, Floppy, should

be in a room that was safe from the deadly gas and asked that someone find her and make sure

she was all right.

Police said Delp was so intent on ending it all that he had a backup plan if the charcoal fumes

didn’t kill him. A dryer vent tube was connected to the exhaust pipe of Delp’s car. In the garage,

police found a note taped to the door leading into the house.

“To whoever finds this I have hopefully committed suicide. Plan B was to asphyxiate myself in

my car.â€

Outside the bathroom, police found a carbon monoxide detector with the battery removed.

Delp joined Boston in the mid-1970s and sang two of its biggest hits, “More than a Feelingâ€

and “Long Time.†A lifelong Beatles fan, Delp also played with the tribute band Beatlejuice.

Delp was cremated Wednesday, police said. A private funeral was held earlier this week.

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Oh and by the way, in response to Aussietime's post, Brad Delp was famously anti-drug and did not drink alcohol. He once was quoted after a huge successful show during Boston's heyday as saying "Let's break out the apple juice."

He was a vegetarian who advocated animal rights and was active with many charities, and by all accounts a very caring, down-to-earth nice guy who went out of his way to do for others.

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This is all very sad reading. As nice and thoughtful a guy that Brad might have been, and I can certainly appreciate the inner struggles that he might have been going through, his actions have caused hurt and pain to a lot of people. As JohnO says, someone with suicidal tendencies does not think rationally, so in the end, suicide is a selfish act.


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It seems to me that a person who is thinking rationally is capable of appreciating his own motivation for his actions. That's true even if he's "playing games" with himself about the "why" issue. A selfish act, has, at its core, a rational basis. If we say Brad Delp was thinking irrationally, which I'm sure he was, I don't think its fair to him to say that his actions were selfish. Based on what I read above, I think he was a victim of his mental illness.

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