Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Boston’s best-known works include the songs “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Foreplay/Long Time”, “Rock and Roll Band”, “Smokin'”, “Don’t Look Back” and “Amanda.” They have sold over 31 million albums in the United States, of which 17 million are their self-titled debut album and 7 million are their second album, Don’t Look Back.
Orion the Hunter was a 1980s rock combo and offshoot of the popular band Boston. It featured former Boston members Barry Goudreau on guitars and Brad Delp on backing vocals, as well as future Boston lead vocalist Fran Cosmo. The band was originally known as simply “Orion”, but the name was changed to “Orion the Hunter” in deference to pressure from Orion Pictures. The group’s self-titled album in 1984 on Portrait/CBS Records, which yielded a hit single “So You Ran,” featuring the sky-high vocals which prompted Cosmo’s entrance to Boston in the early 1990s. Orion the Hunter charted at #57 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart after its debut on May 9, 1984. “So You Ran” managed to make the Top Ten on rock radio and was a mid-chart hit on mainstream pop radio. Orion the Hunter featured Bruce Smith on the bass and ex-Heart drummer Michael DeRosier. The album also included Brad Delp, former lead singer of Boston. Brad sang background vocals on numerous tracks. The influence of Goudreau’s Boston sound is evident on the album. The band is commonly thought to be similar to Boston, Heart, the Scorpions, Journey, and Triumph.
RTZ (stands for Return to Zero) was an American rock band that featured Boston band members Brad Delp and Barry Goudreau. The band were formed in 1989 and disbanded in 1994.
Barry Goudreau (November 29, 1951) is a musician, best known as one of the original guitarists for the rock band Boston. In 1980, Goudreau recorded his first solo LP titled Barry Goudreau, using Brad Delp and Fran Cosmo (who would join Boston in 1991) on vocals, and Sib Hashian (then drummer for Boston) on drums. The record company sought to cash in big time with this “almost Boston” line-up. The LP successfully hit the airwaves with the songs “Dreams” and “Mean Woman Blues”. The album was promoted as a kind of “Boston-lite” and when Scholz caught word of this he was furious. Ultimately, it was this album that triggered Scholz to ask Goudreau to leave Boston.
In 1984, Goudreau formed the band Orion The Hunter and released a debut LP. This time, Fran Cosmo appeared as lead vocalist, while Delp provided backing vocals and co-wrote five of the album’s songs. The album included the single “So You Ran”. The band then added keyboardist and backing vocalist Brian Maes and toured in support of Aerosmith in 1984 but ultimately broke up in 1985.
In 1990 Goudreau formed the band RTZ (Return to Zero). Delp left Boston to join the band. RTZ experienced some success with the hit “Until Your Love Comes Back Around”, which was written by Brian Maes. Delp and Goudreau felt that the record company was not supporting the band to the best of their abilities and asked to be released from their contract. They later signed with MTM Records; however, Delp departed shortly after to rejoin Boston.
Bradley Edward Delp (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007) was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Boston. Delp was known for his high vocal range. Delp committed suicide on March 9, 2007, aged 55. He was found dead in his home on Academy Avenue in Atkinson, New Hampshire, from the smoke of two charcoal grills he lit inside his sealed master bathroom. Delp was found by police and Delp’s fiancee together, lying on a pillow on his bathroom floor. Delp left 4 private notes to his family members plus a public note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: “Mr. Brad Delp. “J’ai une ame solitaire”. I am a lonely soul.”
||More Than a Feeling
||Don’t Look Back
||I Need Your Love
||Can’tcha Say (You Believe in Me)/Still In Love
||A Man I’ll Never Be
||Peace of Mind
||Cool the Engines
||Hitch A Ride
||Walk on Medley
||Until Your Love Comes Back Around (RTZ)
||Rock and Roll Band
||Used To Bad News
||Something About You
||Face the Music (RTZ)
||I Had a Good Time
||Rockin Away (Brad Delp & Barry Goudreau)
||All Those Years (Orion THe Hunter)
||Hard Luck (Barry Goudreau)
||Life Is What You Make It (Barry Goudreau)