By Doug Fox
Well, it looks like you're about halfway through the big summer tour -- so how's everything going so far?
GARY PIHL: It's been going very well. We're just thrilled to death that people seem to like our new album because we're playing a couple cuts from "Life, Love and Hope," and people seem to like 'em. Then when we get to the classic hits, the people are singing along and smiling, so there's nothing more that we could ask for.
FOX: How are the new songs translating to the stage?
PIHL: They seem to be very well received. Of course, people don't know them, so they're not singing along with them yet, but we hope that they will in the future.
By Ann Pierceall
The State Journal-Register
Gary Pihl, longtime guitarist for the iconic rock band Boston, says he gets the same rush of adrenaline on stage as he did when he first performed live more than 40 years ago.
Pihl recalled playing music with friends in the 1960s and said not much has changed.
"You get up there ... and the greatest thrill is it's the same as it was 50 years ago. It's awesome!" he said in a recent phone interview.
Pihl will perform with Boston for a show Aug. 12 at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand, with opening acts Sweet and April Wine.
By Alan Sculley
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Boston's Tom Scholz, the man who has written nearly all of the group's songs and created the band's signature sound, has often said he regretted allowing Columbia Records to release the second Boston album, "Don't Look Back," when it did.
He felt he was rushed into releasing the album before it was truly done. He has made a firm decision since then.
"Basically, I decided after the second album that I just wasn't going to get pushed into releasing something before I thought it was the best that I could do," he said in a recent phone interview.
Scholz has made good on that promise ever since, and, as a result, there have been a grand total of four Boston album released since "Don't Look Back" arrived in 1978. The latest Boston album, "Life, Love & Hope," has now arrived – a scant 11 years since the previous Boston release, "Corporate America."
By Jim Harrington
San Jose Mercury News
Gary Pihl became an official member of Boston in 1985. Yet his time with the multiplatinum classic-rock band -- which performs Saturday at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View -- stretches much further.
"I've been on every Boston tour," the Bay Area-raised guitarist says during a recent phone interview. "But on the first two tours, I was in the opening act."
Pihl was a member of Sammy Hagar's band, which opened a batch of shows on Boston's first tour in 1977. Things jelled between the two acts, so Boston invited Hagar and crew to open all the dates on its second headlining trek.
That turned out to be a pivotal moment for Pihl (pronounced "Peel"), although the guitarist wouldn't fully realize it until years later. Fast-forward to 1985 -- and Hagar's announcement that he's joining Van Halen -- and Pihl suddenly needed to find a new job. It didn't take him long.
By Wes Woods
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Guitarist Gary Pihl spent the late 1970s playing with Sammy Hagar before he joined the classic rock band Boston, and has appreciated both experiences.
"What you see is what you get. He's a fun-loving guy. He's always in a great mood. And a great singer," Pihl said of working with Hagar. "I enjoyed my eight years there in the band."
As for Boston founder Tom Scholz, "Tom always shows up on lists of the 100 great guitar players of all time," Pihl notes. "He's always on the greatest list of keyboards. Then throw in the greatest rock songs of all time. Boston is on them.
"He's the smartest guy I know. It's been a real pleasure working with him."
Boston, known for megahits including "Amanda" and "More Than a Feeling," is set to perform Sunday at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula and Tuesday at the Forum with Cheap Trick.
Boston has seen a lot of changes over the years, but Pihl said rock music is "absolutely thriving," with its mixing up of musical styles going as far back as Red Hot Chili Peppers, who debuted in 1983.