After the second tour ended in Europe in the fall of 1979, Tom had a group meeting and told us he was taking a year off, and suggested that if we wanted to do another project, solo record or whatever, now was the time.
Although I hadn't really thought too much about it before, I decided to try a solo record. I began to write some songs with Brad. The ideas came quickly and soon we had several songs. We brought them to Tom to see what he thought. To my surprise he asked to produce the record. I had hoped he would say he had an interest in using the songs for a Boston record. Brad and I felt that the record label would not allow Tom to produce a solo record when they were waiting for another Boston record. We continued writing. It was at this time I met Fran Cosmo through a crew member. He contributed several songs and lead vocals to the record. It was the beginning of a long relationship. The record was done in 6 months and released in 9 months. I felt I still had enough time to promote it and still be in the year long time frame. When the album was released the label ran an ad campaign that said "millions of people have heard his guitar, we would like to introduce you to its owner". Tom felt as though they were promoting me as the "force" behind Boston and was furious. I suppose the fact that both Sib and Brad appeared on it, made Boston comparisons inevitable. Looking back with 20/20 hindsight,I probably would have handled things differently. The album was pulled, and Tom and my relationship suffered.
In January 1980 Tom called a group meeting and asked me to leave the band. I felt as though I had no support in the band and I needed to leave. The band thought I wanted out. Tom Scholz and I were briefly in touch after more than 20 years. I think the most difficult part for me has been realizing that if I had taken the time to cool off and gotten back in touch, things might have turned out differently.
In 1985 Fran Cosmo and I hitched up again and began Orion the Hunter. We enlisted Bruce Smith, a bass player that Fran had been working with, along with former Heart drummer Michael DeRosier. I had met Michael on the road at one of the many shows we did with Heart. Keyboardist Brian Maes rounded out the band when it was time to tour. We recorded a record for CBS, toured opening for Aerosmith on their Back in the saddle tour, and had a video on MTV. The band didn't have the success we had expected and when it came time to follow up with a new record, the band folded. It was back to the drawing board again.
Brad and I had stayed in touch through this time and had continued writing songs. He was my brother-in-law after all!
I had worked with a couple other singers during this time, but it was Brad I really wanted to work with. In 1990 Brad left Boston to record and tour with our new band, RTZ. Brian Maes joined as keyboardist, and he introduced me to drummer David Stefanelli and former New Man bassist Tim Archibald. In an ironic twist, Tom replaced Brad in Boston with singer Fran Cosmo. RTZ released a record on Warner Brothers and toured extensively. When it came time to follow up the first record, which hadn't achieved the success we had hoped for, and without a record label, spirits sagged and Brad left to return to Boston. The grunge era had bitten us in the ass. The demo recordings from before the release of RTZ and the demos for the follow up cd are available for sale. (Lost / Found)
In recent years I've produced two CDs with singer/guitarist Lisa Guyer and did some shows with her to promote them. She's a talented artist. I also sit in with bluesman James Montgomery from time to time as well as being a former member of Ernie and the Automatics with Sib Hashian, Tim Archibald and "car guy" Ernie Boch, Jr. As you can see by looking at the website, Brad and I maintained a good relationship and made a record (Delp & Goudreau) prior to his passing.
In 2006 with the 30th anniversary of the first Boston record coming up, Tom Scholz contacted me to send me the remasters of the first two Boston records, and his re- write of the credits for the two records. Not having listened to the records all the way through for quite some time, I pulled out my guitar and played along. I got an idea to write a new song that reflected on the sound and style of the first two albums and give a nod to the fans that had followed the band for so many years. I gave the musical track to Brad who wrote lyrics that effectively thanked fans for their then, thirty years of support. Old demons arose and any reconciliation between Tom and I ended. After Brad’s death, his family and I decided to re-record the song retaining Brad’s vocals and release it to the public. The song “Rockin’ Away” is available on i-Tunes.