Brad Delp, frontman of Boston and one of rock 'n' roll's greatest vocalists, committed suicide in his New Hampshire home one week ago. Rest in peace, Delp. You will be sorely missed by your fans.
Boston's visionary guitarist and founder, Tom Scholtz, spoke with Rolling Stone's Andy Greene about his musical connection with Delp: "There were soulful notes that pulled you into the song, stratospheric screams and angelic high notes, and after hitting these record-breaking notes [Delp would] go back and sing a harmony part above it! He didn’t rehearse any of these parts, he could jump back and forth between harmony parts, double tracking parts and then go back and do it again exactly the same with one tiny change, adjusting all the other singing parts to fit with bionic accuracy."
Delp continued, focusing on Delp's personal traits as opposed to his musical talent. "When someone asked me what Brad was like, the first words that always came to mind were "nice guy." Oddly, his incredible performing abilities seem barely worth mentioning compared to his attributes as a human being. He was soft spoken yet very quick and funny. Although I rarely remember seeing him in the throws of a good belly laugh, he could keep the people around him in stitches effortlessly, and did so on a daily basis. When he wasn't making someone laugh, or giving his time to a fan, he was a tireless worker, both in the studio and on stage."