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Guitarist Barry Goudreau appeared on Boston's first two classic albums, 'Boston' and 'Don't Look Back'. He then released a solo album, a one-off project Orion the Hunter (that featured future Boston vocalist Fran Cosmo) and then formed RTZ with Boston vocalist Brad Delp. He has just released a new album with Brad Delp.

1. What are you currently up to?

Currently we are gearing up to do some shows in the Northeast. We're having a record release party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. It is being sponsored by WZLX the classic rock station here in town.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career to date?

I'd have to say the early and unexpected success of Boston would have to be a highlight, along with some of our biggest crowds, the Superdome,Texas Jam,and day on the green in San Francisco.The low point is probably obvious, getting canned from Boston.

3. What are your personal song highlights on the new album and why?

When Brad and I write, I usually have a instrumental track ready, and Brad writes the lyrics to it. When he sings it for the first time, I haven't heard it yet. When Brad sang "What you leave behind" for the first time, I knew we had something special. " Hands of time" is also special since it was the first song we developed for this project.

4. Will you be going out on tour to support the new album with Brad Delp? How easy/hard is it to get a decent string of tour dates together?

Getting decent gigs when you are working at our level, no label, no tour support, is difficult especially in Boston were there is very little live music in clubs.

5. RTZ - Is this particular band over now? Why do you think RTZ never enjoyed the success they deserved?

The band we will be touring with is all the members of RTZ plus Lisa Guyer, Patti Barkus, and Mary Beth Maes on background vocals. If RTZ had had a cd out 1 or 2 years earlier, we might have been more successful, since Nirvana and grunge rock was taking hold at the time our record was released.

6. What are your fondest memories of your time in Boston? Did the band have any idea how big their first two albums would become?

In the early days of the band we had a tremendous comraderie. It was more fun than you can imagine. At the same time there was tremendous pressure as well. At first all we hoped for was to sell enough records to continue with a musical career.

7. Are there any artists you'd really like to work with still in the future?

It would be great to work with some of my guitar heroes, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. (keep dreaming!)

8. How did you first get into the music business? Who have been your main influences on your career to date?

I have played music since I was 11, it didn't become a career until Boston's success.

9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?

I have two teenage kids , that will keep you busy! I also enjoy skiing and have a powerboat[Formula].

10. Message to your fans...

Brad and I would like to thank everybody who has supported us through the years. It really means a lot to us. My website has given us a direct line to our fans and it's been great. We look forward to hearing from more of you.


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