[The following message was posted to the official BOSTON site and Facebook page]
by Gary Pihl
Sixty-eight concerts in the USA, Canada and Japan with sun, rain, wind, friends, relatives, a bunch of terrific bands and memories we'll never forget! Like the show in Bangor where Tom had his guitar done up with a checkerboard motif as an homage to Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick. Or the thunderstorm in Cleveland when the power went out for a couple of seconds but the band played on. Or the show where there were so many bugs in the air that I may have swallowed one while singing and thereby lost my vegetarian status for the day.
I think we all had former high school bandmates come to one show or another and make us laugh and remember the crazy gigs we did in the past. We got to see aunts and uncles and cousins we hadn't seen in years. And some that weren't even born the last time we came through town.
What a terrific crew we've had working with us! 24 guys and 5 women that became our immediate family for five months. They put in long days, every day, to get the audio, lights and video set up and working perfectly whether it was in the L.A. Forum or the infield at the South Dakota State Fair.
We were very fortunate to have been able to share our stage with some terrific bands this year. Cheap Trick, The Doobie Brothers, Blue Oyster Cult, Night Ranger, Mickey Thomas' Starship, Kory and the Fireflies, .38 Special, Kansas, Reb Beach Project, Don Felder, Sweet, April Wine, Joshua Scott Thomas, Scott Bratcher, Random Manor. One sad note was when we heard about Jimi Jameson passing away just a few weeks after we shared the stage with his band, Survivor.
Our four final shows in Japan were a wonderfully unique experience. The audiences were so attentive and supportive. But whether in Japan, Canada, or the US, what we'll remember most are the fans who sang along so loudly, we could barely hear our guitars! Thanks for making our summer so special for just another band out of Boston.
[The following message was posted to the official BOSTON site and Facebook page]
Just got home from our amazing 68-show 2014 BOSTON summer tour. The trip opened with a sold out performance at the beautiful Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, and ended four months later with two sold out shows at Tokyo's iconic Budokan in Japan.
This was simply the most amazing BOSTON tour I have ever experienced - the best live performances by the band in our history, the best sound, amazing lights from our LD Gregg Maltby, exciting venues, wide screen panoramic videos, and of course most important of all, the best and most enthusiastic fans ever!
Behind the scenes the musicians and crew members worked very hard to pull off the performances and fine-tune the sound every night, but once on stage, we had as much fun at the shows as the audience did. The players and technicians with BOSTON made the show look effortless, but trust me, it's a lot harder than they made it look! As I took the stage for the last show in Tokyo with Gary, Tommy, Tracy, Kimberley and Jeff, I realized how lucky I was to be surrounded by people who are both friends and such excellent players, performing with all this equipment so expertly assembled and operated night after night. As icing on the cake, near the end of the night Siobhan Magnus [American Idol season 9 finalist] took the stage and nailed the lead vocal for "Walk On." Even after a difficult day traveling and scrambling to get ready for a show, stepping onto the stage with these exceptional performers to play for the best fans in the world was an incredible rush - the day's problems were instantly erased and life was very good!
Dear Gov. Huckabee:
It has come to my attention that your campaign's use of my song More Than a Feeling and my band's name BOSTON has resulted in a great deal of false information, which it now appears may exist permanently on the Internet.
While I'm flattered that you are fond of my song, I'm shocked that you would use it and the name BOSTON to promote yourself without my consent.
Your campaign's use of More Than a Feeling, coupled with the representation of one of your supporters as a member "of BOSTON" clearly implies that the band BOSTON, and specifically one of its members, has endorsed your candidacy, neither of which is true.
I wrote and arranged More Than a Feeling, engineered and produced the recording, and actually played all the guitars on that BOSTON hit as well as most of BOSTON's songs, not the person holding a guitar in your promotion who identified himself as being "of BOSTON." Your claim that this was "the guy who originally did it" is a bit mystifying since he never played on that recording, nor has he been "of BOSTON" since he left my band over a quarter century ago, after performing with us for only three years.
WOW, I don't know where to begin, this was the most incredible experience I've had with BOSTON ever.
The energy at the soundcheck that morning was amazing, as it had been for days, ever since people started arriving in Boston for our part of Brad's tribute.
As soon as Michael Sweet arrived for rehearsal on Wednesday I felt that good things were going to happen. This busy, talented guy had dropped everything to help us out, and his enthusiasm and natural good will set the tone for the next five days.
Everyone who took part from that point on was overflowing with positive energy; we were all so glad to see each other. I don't mean just the old friends, but rivals, even those of us from opposite sides of lawsuits, suddenly all seemed forgotten, meaningless, so obviously trivial, not because of our common loss, but because we were just genuinely happy to see each other again and exchange some real embraces.
Some of the high points for me personally were:
Seeing Fran Sheehan, beaming, the way I remembered him 25 years ago before the CBS lawsuit, jovial and effervescent as he grabbed my hand for the first time in all those years.
My apologies to you all for the unintentional silence about Boston activities and plans, especially concerning a reissue of the first two Boston albums. Oddly enough I was just beginning a letter like this, when that topic jumped onto my computer, forcing me to drop everything, including communicating with all of you.
So now you know I do see postings on these sites! Not all of them, but enough to know your collective feelings about Boston, and btw, thank you.
Even though half of what I read is dead wrong and the other half I disagree with (you knew I was hard to please...), it's really gratifying to know that so many people appreciate this music and the message behind it. Those of you who just write to say encouraging things, please believe that you have saved me from giving up many times!
So, after the 2004 Boston tour ended, I set about recording some new material. Some of it sounds more like old Boston, some sounds more like later albums, all of it has me excited. Unfortunately I was hampered from working effectively in the studio by complications from a back injury in 2003.
It seems I may have been the victim of something my doctor referred to as acetaminophen poisoning. I used Tylenol regularly on and off the tours for some time, and as I have since read about, this apparently may have wreaked havoc with the health of some important organs. No, I don't mean the Hammond or the pipe organ, I mean mine.
Fortunately I'm now doing much better and back to full strength, and full speed in the studio...OK, I know what you're thinking, just keep it to yourself!>
[Originally posted on boston.org]
When asked years ago for permission to use the BOSTON trademark for a fan-based website, I was flattered. The idea that some internet users were so enthusiastic about my music that they would form their own Boston website was exciting.
Of course I agreed, and made some small donations, but also made the decision to keep a "hands off" policy towards the site and its content. I really didn't want to interfere with any fan's perception of what BOSTON meant to them. Besides, I had my hands full writing, producing, and performing.
This meant that most of the information on the site came third hand from news articles, which I have found to be generally about 90% inaccurate. Some of these sources may also have been somewhat hostile. We have plenty of detractors because we were too successful, because we avoid association with the sleazy element, because we were open about our strong ethical views, and because our surprise victory in the old CBS lawsuit spoiled any plans certain people may have had to exploit the name BOSTON.