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Friday, March 09, 2007

Brad Delp, Rest in Peace.

Brad Delp, Boston's golden-throated lead singer, died today at 55, the AP is reporting.

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Not only could Brad inspire with soaring vocals, but he inspired by being a gentleman. I had the good fortune of meeting Brad during the band's 2004 tour. He couldn't have been more friendly or dispossessed of rock-star conventions and pretentions. The band's website's single-sentence message captures it well: "We've just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll."

Imbued with massive amounts of talent and success, he could have indulged himself in the ego-gratification that tempt those few who occupy this rarified air. Instead, he reveled in being a self-actualized member of the human race, who got to live the dream of spreading happiness through his music. His happiness was synergistic as I can't recall a time when he sang without a satisfied smile on his face.

Rest-in-peace Brad; thank you for the memories and the art.