The Boston Rock Symphony 1969 Symphony Hall Boston, MA Told by Forrest Howie McDonald

The Boston Rock Symphony 1969 Symphony Hall Boston, MA Told by Forrest Howie McDonald. Welcome back to another musical moment in the life of the Old Time Rock and Roller. In 1969 a young entrepreneur named Richie from Boston, MA had an idea to create an 11-piece rock band combined with conductor Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops to create the Boston Rock Symphony. He thought a hot rock band with a symphony would be a big draw and an around-the-world Tour was to be scheduled. Our debut was in April 1969 at Symphony Hall in Boston. Richie was going to book a world tour after our debut. It was a great idea. I was in EU Wurlitzer the biggest music store in Boston looking at the job boards when I saw an ad for The Boston Rock Symphony now auditioning guitarists. There were two openings. I auditioned and got one of the spots and a Berkley student Melvin Wachs got the other chair. My Band The Ox-Bow Incidents had just broken up and I was looking for a gig. The OBI was together from 1965-Feb 1969. The Boston Rock Symphony was to make its debut performance at Symphony Hall around my 19th birthday. Blues harmonica player from Detroit James Montgomery was also in the Symphony Rock band.
We had two and a half months rehearsal above Fenway Park where the Boston Red Socks play baseball. It was a blast! Check out the story,

Arthur Fiedler (December 17, 1894 – July 10, 1979) was an American conductor known for his association with both the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops

I hope you enjoyed watching The Boston Rock Symphony 1969 nose dives at Symphony Hall Boston, MA with Forrest McDonald. It was a thrilling experience.

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