Monday, August 15, 2011

New Boston album almost complete

News this past week of singer Michael Sweet leaving Boston seemed to cause a few ripples in the press and amongst fans.

After three years with Boston, Sweet has returned to Christian rockers Stryper, who are currently in the studio working on a new album with tour dates already announced for this fall.

“My focus and my loyalty lies with Stryper, the band that I've committed almost thirty years of my life to,” said Sweet. “The guys in Stryper are my brothers and I’m excited about our future together. The music of Boston helped shape who I am as an artist, and the opportunity to be a part of their musical legacy is overwhelming. It’s been an honor to share the stage with them, and a bigger honor to call them my friends.”

Michael’s departure leaves Boston in the capable hands of singer Tommy DeCarlo, and the band was quick to clarify its status in the aftermath of Sweet’s announcement, releasing their own statement:

"We truly enjoyed having Michael Sweet sing and play guitar on stage for the 2008 Boston tour along with Tommy DeCarlo, who was the lead vocalist replacing Brad Delp. However, Michael has not been involved in the recording of Boston's next studio album, which is now 85% complete. We have always understood his obvious commitment to his band Stryper, and wish him and his band the best of luck with their new endeavors.

The lead vocals for Boston's soon-to-be-released studio album include Brad Delp's singing on many songs, along with several excellent performances by our other three lead vocalists. The album reflects an intentional effort by principal songwriter and producer Tom Scholz to capture the recognizable sound and energy of his original releases, combined with the musical sophistication expected from exceptional players and vocalists all performing within the traditional framework of the well-known Boston sound."


Boston – Rock And Roll Band
U.S. Cellular Pavilion Gilford NH – June 22, 2008

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Boston singer returns to Stryper