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Looking Back Interview with Guitarist Barry Goudreau, Formerly of Boston By Thomas Amoriello Jr

Looking Back

Interview with Guitarist Barry Goudreau, Formerly of Boston

By Thomas Amoriello Jr

Boston Rock Radio

                                               

 

On August 25, 1976 at the height of the disco era, "just another band out of Boston" released their debut album that went on to sell 25 million copies worldwide.  The spaceship cover needs no introduction as the studio created rock anthems featuring the soaring vocals of Brad Delp interpreting the compositions of Tom Scholz was the highest selling debut in history up until that point. The lineup on the supporting tours for the debut and follow up Don't Look Back were rounded out by bassist Fran Sheehan, drummer Sib Hashian, and guitarist Barry Goudreau.  Barry's major contribution to these landmark albums was the lead guitar on “Longtime” and slide fills on the title track of “Don't Look Back.”  Though Barry's tenure in the group was short lived and came to an end in 1980, the group only released 4 more albums since 1986.  Barry has kept busy in the New England area currently leading his group Engine Room.  Boston Rock Radio would like to thank the Boston native Mr. Goudreau for this exclusive interview.

Listen to Barry Goudreau's "Dreams"    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrKgfVja7Nw

 

At 67, how important is music and the guitar to you today as it was when you were developing in the 1960's into the early 1970's?

I play guitar every day. It’s still as important to me as it was when I started back when I was 11 years old. I’m currently working on a new CD with my band Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room to follow up our first CD Full Speed Ahead. Along with dates with my own band, I appear with the American Vinyl All Star Band and also Scrap Metal, an all star band lead by the Nelson twins.

 

Do you have a "guitar collection" or a small handful of "go-to" guitars?  What are your prizes in that department?

I have a collection of about 25 guitars, but my go-to guitars are a couple of sixties vintage Gibson SG’s, a 59 reissue Les Paul, a Gretch Duo-sonic, and my new favorite, a Fender “relic” Telecaster.


Obviously you shared the studio and stage with vocal talent extraordinaire Brad Delp and later Fran Cosmo.  What was it like to be on stage night after night in their presence hearing them really sing?

There was only one Brad Delp, his range, pitch and timing where the stuff of legions. I was blown out by his voice back in high school when I first met him, and he continued to amaze me right up until his death. Fran is another great talent, having appeared on my solo record as well as my Orion the Hunter band. We still do dates together from time to time.


You provided the soaring lead guitar work to Boston classics such as “Longtime” and” Don't Look Back.”  What do you remember about working on those tracks in the studio?

My time in the recording studio with Boston was very limited. When Tom Scholz had something he wanted me to play on, he would send it to me to prepare. Most often I would wait for days or even weeks to come into the studio to record. When I finally got there it went very quickly. My guitar work on “Foreplay/ Long” was done in one session.

 

Boston opened up for the original Black Sabbath in the 1970's.   Do you have an Ozzy story to share or a memory of that tour?

Our first real tour was opening for Black Sabbath. It would seem like an unlikely pairing but it worked out quite well. They were very welcoming and supportive of us. On a day off we invited them to watch a movie in one of our hotel rooms. Brad was a huge fan of the movie The Exorcist, so we rented it. The Sabb’s, all dressed in black with crosses around their necks, watched in horror. Ozzie sat in front of the TV, clutching his cross, with a trash can in front of him in case he threw up. Whenever I hear a story about them being satanic, I have to laugh.

 

Though you were no longer in the band, you kept busy during the Boston "hiatus" (from 1981-86 when legal troubles stalled the band) with your solo album and a group called Orion the Hunter.  How frustrating was that time period for your friends Sib and Brad basically being put on hold from continued creativity and performances?

Although I stayed friends with my former bandmates after leaving Boston, I was not privy to what was going on with the band. I was focused on starting a new phase with my new band.


This may sound completely ridiculous with the millions of albums sold but do you think the band Boston missed out on some huge opportunities during the first part of the 1980's especially during the heyday of MTV when the band was completely absent from that scene?

Tom Scholz felt strongly about keeping the individual band members anonymous, whether this helped or hurt the band’s success is not something I can answer.

 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/BarryGoudreau1970s.jpg

 

Any current musical happenings that you are involved with in the New England area that you would like to share with listeners of Boston Rock Radio?

On November 7th we had an event at the Hard Rock Cafe to start a scholarship in Sib Hashian’s name, former Boston drummer, and my musical partner and friend of 50 years. My old friend, blues great James Montgomery, was on the show as well “Tunes” Antunes from the Beaver Brown Band and Eddie and the Cruisers fame. There was a lot of love in the room for Sib and the show was a blast!

 

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Boston Rock Radio Guest Contributor Thomas Amoriello is a heavy metal guitarist, educator, recording artist and children's picture book author who resides in Lambertville, New Jersey. You can learn more about Tom at: https://thomasamoriello.com

 

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