When a young flight attendant named Micki decided she was ready for a new career, she took one last assignment – a private customized plane leased to rock ‘n’ roll band Boston. “It was only supposed to be a six-week tour,” she said. “It ended up being 18 months.”
And that turned into a concession to have dinner with Boston’s lead singer Brad Delp, which lead to a 16-year marriage, two children and an incredible shared journey.
Micki Delp, with her children John-Michael and Jennifer, have set aside their personal favorite cherished items; now it’s time to share the rest of their memorabilia from Brad’s life and music career with people who love Brad and Boston – those who will value these items as much as the family does.
Bradley Edward Delp (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007) was an American singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock bands Boston and RTZ, and his side project Beatlejuice, an homage to his beloved Beatles. A Massachusetts native, he also lived in New Hampshire for a portion of his life.
Delp joined Boston in 1970 and the band rocketed to stardom on his soaring vocals and timeless lyrics. Their self-titled debut album, released on August 25, 1976, ranks as one of the best-selling debut albums in U.S. history, with more than 17 million copies sold. It went platinum by November.
In fact, that’s one of the mementos the family is sharing in this auction. Son John-Michael is offering a platinum medallion, given to the band members in honor of that early landmark, on Nov. 19, 1976. “Only the five guys (in Boston) received them,” Micki said. “And I know none of them has been sold. This is the first time the public will have seen this. It memorializes ‘More Than a Feeling’; I think that’s when the guys had the most fun,” she said. “John-Michael thought a fan would really appreciate it.”
The collection includes instruments Brad used, including guitars and a piano. “We’ve had that piano since 1979,” Micki said. “It’s an 1873 concert grand Chickering in hand-carved rosewood. The first Chickering company, the father, not Chickering and Sons. This is the first one made that had the full 88 keys; most grands couldn’t support the weight of the sound board. But Chickering the father figured he could design a case that could hold it. It has giant hand-carved legs and ivory keys.”
“I really hope (this auction) will help people follow along on the journey of his life, to his varied musical endeavors,” Micki said. “Even a letter (home). When they’re on the road, they can’t register under their own names at the hotel. Brad always used the name Fielding Mellish, a Woody Allen character, his favorite comedian. Brad had a wonderful sense of humor. (His daughter) Jen sent a letter addressed to him that way; he carried it around on tour and brought it back, which is why I have it.”
“I hope that all these (items) end up in the hands of people who appreciate it, and preserve the legacy of Brad’s kindness and humor,” Micki said. “He was always kind and generous. He really was unaffected by the fame and fortune that fell in his lap. It shows in all these wonderful things.”