December 6, rumor has it that Boston will finally issue its sixth album, Life, Love & Hope, their first album since 2002's Corporate America. The problem a lot of people will have - and I've thought about this too is this: Is it really Boston without singer Brad Delp? Delp took his own life in 2007, and was as much a part of the Boston sound as Tom Sholz's gutiar. Right now, they've got a guy named Tommy DeCarlo singing for them, and yes, he sounds a lot like Brad... sometimes. I don't know. Tom Scholz' is the mastermind in that band, but Boston without Brad Delp? Part of me says "Just stop it, you're cheating the fans." But then, I have to think, "What would I do if I was in Tom's shoes?" He shouldn't just have to pack it in and quit. He didn't fire Brad. Does he need the money? I imagine he's set for life. But what about the rest of the band? They still have to make a living, and when you're life involves touring outside of a local area on weekends, that means you can't hold a 9 to 5 job. You need to play, and there's no pension plans in rock and roll. So perhaps Tom isn't the bad guy, as he seems to often be portrayed. Maybe it's not all about preserving the past. Maybe it isn't all about Tom. Maybe it's about taking care of those in the present.
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