A cover band comes together

“Help” originally appeared March 9, 2008

By Billy Baker
February 28, 2010

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How do you replace a legend? That was the question facing Beatlejuice, a Beatles cover band with a devoted following and a rather famous lead singer, Brad Delp.

In early 2007, Delp -- who had gained fame as the voice of the ’70s supergroup Boston -- took his own life. A year later, the Globe Magazine ran my story about Beatlejuice’s search for a new singer. The band believed that Delp, a Beatles fanatic, would have wanted the music to go on. But when I left them, they were still hurting -- and still looking.

Today, the band performs with a rotating cast of four singers: Buddy Bernard, Jimmy Rogers, and Mike Girard, all old friends of the band, and Bob Jennings, who never knew Delp but who auditioned for the band during its search. The group has reemerged as Beatlejuice and Friends.

“We found ourselves in a situation where we couldn’t imagine doing this gig without them,” says drummer John Muzzy of the new, larger crew. “It fits with what Beatlejuice has always been about -- playing this amazing music with viability and making sure it was amongst friends.”

And thanks to a new wave of Beatlemania spurred by the electronic music game Beatles Rock Band and a remastered box set, Muzzy says the band is going strong for the future. “The interesting thing about the Beatles’ music is it always has a constantly evolving group of fans.” -- Billy Baker