[ ♪♪♪ ]>>Growing up, Tommy DeCarlo
loved the band Boston. Now, he’s the group’s lead singer. That’s an incredible case of living the dream. But even more incredible is how Tommy and
the band got together. It happened because Tommy took a
leap of faith, when a total stranger pushed him
towards his dream.>>Tommy DeCarlo, this has just happened
a few months ago, did you ever think you’d be here, man?>>No, no, never, never in a million years. I couldn’t’ dream this big,
I couldn’t dream this big.>>What was your life like before
this sea change, before you became the lead singer
of Boston, describe life.>>Pretty average. I worked a 40-hour week job at the Home Depot.>>What did you do there?>>I was a Credit Manager at Home Depot — and still am, I’m on a leave of
absence there right now.>>And how is your financial situation?>>Right now, it’s fine, you know, it’s good.>>Didn’t you even have to kind of sell — hock
your keyboard to get your kids Christmas presents? So, life sounds a little rough for you back
then.>>Yeah, at that point, yeah. My wife and I had just moved into our home
in Charlotte, and it was about a month before Christmas, so things were a little tight,
needless to say. And I went ahead and sold my keyboard, bought
my kids some Christmas presents, and there’s a very good chance had I not ever sold
that keyboard, I may have never ventured into singing karaoke again, because I was really
into doing my own thing with my keyboard. So yeah, its –>>Doing the right thing there, put you on
the right track, okay. Tonight we’re talking about this voice, that
at some point in our life hopefully, all comes to us. Your voice came anonymously on MySpace.>>Yeah.>>What happened?>>Well, it was back last year, after the
unfortunate passing of Brad Delp.>>The lead singer.>>Yes, the lead singer of Boston. A lot of the fans, including myself felt
terrible about that, you know, it was a pretty rough time for a lot of folks. And I decided to go ahead and write a tribute
song in memory of Brad, and it was a very short piece, just a couple of minutes long,
but I didn’t really know how to go about sharing that with the other fans, which is what I
really wanted to do. So I went ahead, and my daughter —
my daughter Talia told me “Hey Dad, why don’t you try MySpace?” So I’m like “Alright, I’ll try it” never thinking in
a million years it would really work.>>So you put it on MySpace, and you got an
anonymous message that said what?>>Well I got a message from another fan — that’s
the beauty of MySpace and the friends you can make through the MySpace page. A Boston fan had sent me an email saying “I love your tribute song, would you consider
sending it to the band? “I have an old email address.” And I’m like, okay, sure I’ll try it,
you know.>>Well, I want to stop you right there, because
that’s your magical voice, that’s the dreamer. What made you hear this — somebody you don’t
know says to you “Okay, mister guy working “at Home Depot, karaoke singing Boston dude,
I think you should send this to the founder “of Boston, because you could be
their lead singer.” How did — a lot of people would have went
“Ha ha ha” wrote them something funny back. What chord did that strike in you?>>Well, it’s funny because back when I was
a young teenager, I had a lot of folks — a lot of friends would tell me that I had a
very similar voice to the lead singer of Boston — they didn’t know his name was Brad Delp
back then. But — and I said “Yeah, you know, thanks”
that was a great compliment. And over the years I would sing a lot of the
Boston music and still get those same compliments. So when that person sent me that
email and told me “Why don’t you try sending your stuff over
to the Boston camp?” I was like “You know, maybe, maybe.”>>Because there had been built up along — let’s listen to that cover you played
for Rock & Roll Band. This was you singing on your MySpace.>>Sure, sure. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>Was it — okay, you send this out now,
was it scary doing that, exhilarating, as you kind of make that move and kind of put
yourself out there, what did it feel like?>>Yeah, I tell you, it wasn’t scary at all,
because I never expected to hear anything back, so it was like “Sure, no problem.”>>What the hell?>>Yeah, I’ll put it out there, see what happens.>>Now you acted on your voice. Kimberly, your magazine Millionaire Blueprints
follows the game plan for people making their millions. Are there a lot of people that these voices
come to them at different points, but they don’t pay attention to them?>>Absolutely, I think that’s what the majority
of people do. I kind of liken what happened to you as like
fishing, you’re casting out there, you don’t know what’s gonna bite, but just by being
on MySpace, that was casting and something did bite, and I think a lot of people don’t
cast, they’re looking at the big picture, they want the big money, that they don’t take
the little bites, they don’t recognize those are big bites.>>Is there any — you know, this was not
a neon sign, because as I said, a lot of people would dismiss this. How does somebody know when sometimes — whether
it’s inside of them, or a relative, or somebody in the workplace — some voice is calling
to them, is there something — is there a nerve we should pay attention to?>>Yes, I think you probably know this. You know when someone tells you something,
and then you have this feeling, like it stays with you, it’s kind of stuck, or you think
about it — the guy that drove me here, he had something happen to him this weekend. He went to the mall, he and his wife saw this
kiosk — he wants a restaurant — and he said that he couldn’t let it go, this idea, this
kiosk. And it stayed on his mind, and he slept on
it, and he woke up this morning and he thought “I’ve got to call somebody.” Those are the voices you got to listen to.>>It’s the same thing physically, sometimes
if your body’s telling you something that you should be afraid to be in a certain area
— or pay attention to it. Pay attention if something
sticks with you –>>The more you listen to it, the louder it
gets.>>Yeah. Okay, Tom Scholz, the founder of the band
Boston joins us from — where else, Boston. How’re you doing, man?>>Great.>>Now how did this get to you?>>Well, actually through my wife Kim. I was walking through the kitchen, and she
was listening to something on her computer, that was up on the internet, and I was — and
she said “What do you think of this?” and I said “Well, I’ve never heard that recording
of Brad before, what show was that from?” and she says “It’s not Brad.” And I said
“Oh yes, that’s Brad.” And she said “No, this is not Brad.” And I didn’t realize till I put it up some
big speakers and listened to the background music that it was in fact, not Boston, and
it was some sort of a karaoke track, and then I realized this wasn’t Brad, but it sounded
just exactly like him, and I know every nuance of Brad’s voice — worked with him
for 35 years. So I was — I was shocked.>>So do you yourself pick up the phone, what
did you — obviously you heard the voice on your end, literally and figuratively “Wow,
this is my new lead singer.” How did you get in touch with Tommy?>>Well I wanted to be a little cautious about
it, but yes I did, the moment I heard that, start to think “Alright, maybe there is another
future for Boston.” And we proceeded cautiously but quickly, and
invited him to Boston to make an appearance with us on stage at a tribute show last summer
for Brad.>>Tommy, you get a call, did you think it
was a prank call? What — talk to me, the feeling, because all
you know is you put this anonymous, you know — responded to somebody anonymously, send
it out, what did you hear on the other end of the phone, how did he get in
touch with you?>>Well, Tom had called me, and introduced
himself, thanked me for putting the music up on MySpace, and we talked a little about
the tribute show that they had planned.>>What do you mean?
I want to stop for a second. He says “It’s Tom Scholz from Boston.” What’s going through your head?>>Oh, I couldn’t believe it, I could not
believe it. It was — it’s almost hard to put into words,
really, I just could not believe it. It was — I was shocked and I was excited,
it was — it was just an amazing — it was an amazing day, believe me.>>And what did it feel like the first time
you were on stage playing with Boston?>>Oh that was great. It’s almost a blur, but, you know, going out
and singing for the audience — and I was nervous, you know,
I really was. But you know, I got a few lines out, I’d seen
some smiles on some of the fans’ faces, and I felt that they were feeling it, which made
me feel pretty comfortable too.>>Talk to me, what it feels like — a day
at Home Depot, talk to me what that feels like, pre the voice, what does it feel like
playing on stage with Boston?>>Oh man, a day at Home Depot is — you know,
it’s hard work, it’s interacting with customers, and it’s fun. And I get on the intercom from time to time
to make a page.>>Give me — what does it feel like playing
with Boston?>>Oh, it’s incredible. It’s the most fun time I could ever
have in my life. And instead of picking up a telephone
to make a page, I get to pick up a microphone
and sing a song.>>Kimberly, what have we learned? Obviously not everybody has the talent Tommy
has, but he heard his voice, what’s our lesson there?>>The lesson is: prepare yourself. You know obviously, you’ve been preparing
yourself with singing, with karaoke. Prepare yourself for that dream.>>Okay, here’s to Tommy DeCarlo. Play for your playbook: you may not be hearing
your American dream calling because you’re scared to dream big enough. But sometimes, that biggest dream imaginable
is the one for you. When we come back, we’re taking the playbook
directly to you.