WITH BARRY GOUDREAU (italian
by Giancarlo Bolther
you tell me about the making of the new album with Brad?
I had gone through a long period of writers block when I
came out of it and started writing again.I had a couple of songs together
when I called Brad and asked him to come over and sing them for me.
WE were both pleased with the results. Brad took some unfinished tracks
with him and started to work on lyrics. It took 2 years to complete
because of his commitment to Boston.
For some reasons it seems a third RTZ album (quite the same
musicians), why did you choose to not use RTZ logo again?
Most of the CD is Brad, myself and David Stefanelli. I brought
in the other members of RTZ for guest appearances. I never considered
it a RTZ CD.
Can you tell me more about the songs? Is it all new material?
All the material was written for this CD, none of it was
A song that surprised me a lot was Out Of My Hands, something
like Blue Oyster Cult (Cultusaurus Erectus era) meets Boston, a lot
of mistery and dramatic feelings, really a great tune...
Most of the material was pretty light , I guess my age was
showing! so I was looking for something heavier to round it out. I
had a couple more tunes that were heavier,but they didn't get completed.
Your new album is self produced and it’s not distribuited
by a major, why that choice?
We released the CD ourselves to retain control over it. A
website seemed the best way to connect with our fans (www.barrygoudreau.com).
Which are your expectations from it?
Our only expectation was that people would find the website
get involved in it and enjoy the new material.
Do you will promote the album with a tour? Will you play in
We have been doing some dates in the Northeast [US]to promote
the CD. WE have no plans at this time to go overseas, but if offered
we would consider it.
Why don’t you ever made a live album? Don’t you
have some good live material to do a live album, maybe a DVD (eventually
to be distribuited throug your web site)?
We are hoping to do a live DVD at the end of the dates we
are now doing. We will post details on the website.
Why did you leave Boston, what’s really happened?
Tom was unhappy with the way my solo album was promoted.
He called a group meeting and told us he would no longer work with
Can you tell us what kind of person is Tom Scholz in your
opinion? Are you still in touch with him?
I haven't spoken to Tom for 15 years. I have no idea what
he may be thinking.
Have you listened to the Boston albums made without you? What
do you think about them?
I have bought all the Boston records since I left and listened
to each once. I enjoyed 3rd Stage but the rest do nothing for me.
Which are the best memories about the Boston years? And which
are the bad ones?
The early years with the band were great, everything I ever
imagined. WE were all friends and having the time of our lives. Its
unfortunate it didn't last.
You weren’t credited on the first two Boston album as
songwriter, but listening to your solo album I’ve thinked that
you may have been involved into the writing process of these songs?
Although Tom wrote all the songs, we were involved in the
recording and production.
In your projects you usually play with other members from
Boston, is that a kind of nostalghia, a ghost that never dies or a
lot of music that still must to be played?
Brad and I have a great understanding of one another and
keep coming together to write. Although I see Sib and Fran often,
we haven't worked together since Boston.
Have you ever thought to play again with Boston?
If the situation was right I would consider working with
Boston again, but I don't see that happening.
In the ’80 you realized your first solo album, were
you happy with it?
I was happy with the solo record at the time, but looking
back I would have taken more time on it.
The sound of that album was heavly influenced by Boston, why
did you want to play that music again?
At the time I was still in Boston, my likes dislikes and
influences were still the same.If I had known that it would be my
first record outside of Boston I would have approached it differently.
Why don’t you made a second solo album?
I didn't do another record because I realized I enjoyed working
in a group and wanted to do that again.
Hashian has contribuited to your first solo album and then
disappeared; Sheehan disappeared too after Don’t Look Back.
These are the only two guys we don’t have news about, are you
still in touch with them? What was happened to them?
I see Fran and Sib all the time, we're still good friends.
Neither have done any musical projects since Boston. They decided
to go out on top.
Orion The Hunter was your second project and the album was
another great opus in the melodic rock history, but the band split,
which were the reasons?
I enjoyed working with Fran Cosmo and the band, but it was
a real struggle.When it came time to start a new record, the band
Fran Cosmo started with you and then went on to sing with
Boston, instead Delp left Boston to join RTZ, but today he sang with
both... your ways were always crossed, there is something like a brotherhood
or it is something else?
I guess you need to speak to Scholz about this one. He hired
Fran to replace Brad when he left to record RTZ, than brought him
back to tour.
RTZ was a new start, a new brillant and interesting project,
but you made only two albums (one of them realized postumous)... did
it was another hole in the water?
WE had a good run with RTZ, but we never realized the success
we could have. After an album and tour we were faced with finding
a new label, with the success of Nirvana and others there was little
interest from labels in resigning us. Also Brad was back with Tom.
Can you tell us about your collaboration with Lisa Guyer?
Did you wrote some music for her or did you made only a guest appearence?
Are you planning new projects together?
Lisa and I wrote the music together. See is currently in
the touring band with Brad and I along with the members of RTZ.
In the ’80s melodic rock were really popular, but today
the artists that play that music are very underground (for example
the last Journey album Red 13 was a self produced mini CD), what do
you think about that?
Acts from my era are doing the same thing I am doing, that
is finding ways to connect to the fans of our genre.
Your musical carrer is 30 years long, what is changed in the
music world and how much are you changed as an artist and as a person?
What has changed is music is becoming disposable. Labels
aren't interested in careers just hit records.i.e. $
Looking back to your musical carreer, do you believe to be
more luky or more unluky?
I think I was very lucky early on, than not so lucky.
Which were the worst times of your life? And the happiest
Some of my best memories were the early days in Boston. Worst
memories would be when that ended.
11 September changed everything in our lives, what do you
think about and what's your opinion about the war in Iraq?
"What you leave behind" was written after 911.
It speaks for itself.
Have you ever though to leave the music world?
The music business is all I've ever known, I have no plans
to change that.
A salute to your italian fans?
Thanks to all our fans in Italy we appreciate your continued
support and interest!!
Review (in italian): Delp & Goudreau