By Linda Tuccio-Koonz
When Tommy DeCarlo was a teen, he was into sports and music. He especially enjoyed the band Boston, and always sang along when its songs came on the radio.
His vocal abilities and love for the band eventually helped lead him from working at a Home Depot to singing lead vocals for Boston -- a role he's filled since 2008.
DeCarlo, who also plays keyboard and percussion, will perform with the band at Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, Aug. 13. He said he doesn't think of himself as a rock star at all, but feels he is "among rock stars" and considers himself "very fortunate."
Tommy DeCarlo launches rock and roll career from the tool corral
By Patrick Henderson
San Diego Reader
Tommy DeCarlo is not a believer in transferable skills.
At least, he doesn't think the skills he learned working at a Home Depot in Charlotte, North Carolina, have carried over to his current gig -- lead singer of Boston.
"Honestly, I don't think anything at Home Depot helped prepare me for this," DeCarlo, 50, tells the Reader.
Boston will be playing at Humphreys Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28. This is the eighth year in the group for DeCarlo, who first performed with Boston in 2007, after the band's lead singer, Bradley Delp, committed suicide.
By Marijke Rowland
The Modesto Bee
Even after almost 40 years, the way to get ready for a big national tour is still the same for the members of Boston.
"Like the old cliché goes: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You practice," longtime Boston guitarist and backing vocalist Gary Pihl said in a recent phone interview. "We've got six people on the road this year. And we practice to get ready."
Pihl will be on the road with Boston founding members Tom Scholz and the rest of the group as they play more than 50 shows in North America this summer. The band stops at the Ironstone Amphitheatre on July 25 for a double-bill with fellow classic rockers REO Speedwagon.
Founded in 1976, Boston broke out big with hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind" and "Don't Look Back." The band charted through the 1970s and '80s and has kept an active arena touring schedule over the decades. Their sound has become as legendary as their spaceship logo which is emblazoned on albums and other imagery.
By Gary Graff
Gary Pihl didn't join the band Boston until 1985. But he has the distinction of being on every Boston tour, even though the group started touring nine years prior.
Back then, you see, the guitarist and keyboardist was in Sammy Hagar's band back when the Red Rocker was opening for Boston, which gave him a front-row seat to watch the group's ascent -- particularly with an iconic 1976 debut album that's sold more than 17 million copies.
By Tom Lounges
Summer is here, which means Hammond is ready for the 12th annual Festival of the Lakes. More than 50,000 people participated in the activities highlighting Hammond's three lakes in 2014 according to Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott's office.
"This year promises to surpass last year, providing our great community another five days of summer fun," said Mayor McDermott in a press statement.
Music will fill the night air over the waters of Wolf Lake, as McDermott and The Hammond Parks & Recreation Department gift local music fans with five days of top name talent all free of charge at The Pavilion Stage of Wolf Lake Memorial Park.