BOSTON: Scholz Is Under Attack
A number of friends of the late Boston singer Brad Delp have testified in the band's founder and guitarist Tom Scholz's suit against The Boston Herald, which Scholz claims blamed him for Delp's suicide in March 2007. The testimony claims Scholz berated Delp for years and that Delp was in fear of him.
Boston bass player Fran Sheehan said Delp told him, "I have a feeling that [Scholz is] going to destroy us all and take us all down in the end."
Delp told his closest friends that he wanted to quit Boston, but if he did, Scholz would "make life miserable for him." He also told Sheehan just three months before his suicide that he was a "wimp" and couldn't "stand up to [Scholz] anymore."
Former Boston bass player David Sikes said Delp "didn't like Tom. He didn't trust Tom. He felt that Tom had taken advantage of him financially, especially."
Delp's lifelong friend Steve Frary said Delp told him that that Scholz "was driving him crazy."
Former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau wrote Scholz a week after Delp's death, saying, "Tom, I don't even know where to begin. I can't explain the pain and suffering you have caused me and my family, Brad and his family ... Tom, you abused Brad ... We could not keep it under wraps forever."
Bill Faulkner, who was asked to preside over Delp's upcoming wedding, said: "The root cause of his death was uncontrolled depression, but the contributing factor would certainly include in a big way Tom Scholz."
While Scholz has until June 30th to respond to the summary of the testimony compiled by the Herald's lawyers, his lawyers argue that Delp's suicide could stem from the fact that he suffered from depression as well as a number of domestic incidents concerning his fiancee and future sister-in-law. Specifically, the future sister-in-law finding a hidden camera in her room at Delp's home, and the fiancee having an affair the year before his death.