Classic Rock Revisited
Special thanks for this interview goes out to Gail Parenteau
Barry Goudreau was the original guitar player for the band Boston. During his tenure he played on two albums that have sold over a combined twenty million copies. His guitar playing can be heard on some of the most loved arena rock anthems of all time including "More Than A Feeling," "Long Time," "Don’t Look Back" and "Piece of Mind." Now, some 26 years later, Barry is back with Boston vocalist Brad Delp. They duo have put together a self-titled CD that is available only on Barry’s website. The album is very Beatles influenced and sounds more like the Fab 4 than Boston. None the less, there are several good musical moments on it.
Read this interview as we discuss in detail the key tracks on Barry’s new CD. Then sit back and enjoy Barry’s take on the rise and fall of Boston. Goudreau discusses, in detail, the trials and tribulations the band faced including how he ended up suing Tom Scholz. The Tom and Barry show finally ended with Barry being removed from the band. Orion the Hunter was then born and died but not before touring with Aerosmith during the last of the Toxic Twins drug days. This is a riveting interview.
Gary Pihl of Boston
by Will Phoenix
Gary Pihl of Boston
by Will Phoenix
GP: Yes, because I'm looking for a different sound there, more of a bluesy sound. What I've been using lately are a couple of different tube amps. One is a Bedrock, which was a company from Massachusetts actually, and it's just a small amp. The other amp I have is an old VOX V125 tube amp. I do use traditional 4X12 or 2X12 cabinets with those amps.
By Walter Carter
For Boston's most recent CD, Corporate America, Tom Scholz and his bandmates created a collection of thoroughly contemporary music, but the recording technology was decidedly un-contemporary. Scholz did not update, modernize or in any way mess with the classic sound from "More Than a Feeling" (1976) or "Don't Look Back" (1978), and that meant recording the new Boston just like the old Boston – on tape. Magnetic recording tape.
That's right, the electronics whiz with the Masters degree in engineering from MIT, the inventor of the Rockman over two dozen patented designs, refuses to enter the digital age. It's not because Scholz wants to be old-fashioned, though. It's because he can't work as efficiently (keeping in mind that he typically spends four years making an album) and, most important, he simply can't get the signature Boston sound using new technology.
Scholz has a number of axes to grind with digital, ranging from time between failures to hand-and-mouse movements to lack of phase cancellation when double-tracking parts. Scholz's full-blown discussion is at the end of this interview. To jump there, click here.
By Cassie Morien
In the 70s, the most popular city in Massachusetts raised a rock band that stole the city's name and the hearts of listeners around the world. Now, almost 40 years later, the band refuses to surrender stadiums, airwaves, and their loyal fans.
BOSTON is known for their contagious, ageless singles, like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Rock and Roll Band," and "Amanda." Their 1976 self-titled album remains one of the best-selling debut albums in U.S. history. BOSTON went on to release five more studio albums. The band traveled the world with a dreamy spaceship. With them, the world mourned the loss of their original lead singer.
The greatest American rock band continues to conquer the scene.
Founder, guitarist, keyboardist, chief-songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz has performed with many talented musicians who have helped contribute to Boston's incredible legacy, but no one more than the band's lead guitarist Gary Pihl.
The endlessly talented and wise Pihl took time out of his busy schedule (preparing for another fantastic tour) to speak with us before Boston's SunFest debut. In the interview below, Pihl shares with us his path to BOSTON, his philanthropic side projects, and the "glue" that has kept BOSTON in our ears and hearts all these years.