By Ben Porter, Chris Connell and Connie Yoon
Wayland Student Press Network
Be honest. We all dream of rocking the stage in a sold out stadium. Unfortunately, most of us never perform in a venue more prestigious than the shower. Reaching the status of "famous rockstar" is a one-in-a-million chance, yet Gary Pihl has reached this legendary status as a member of the band Boston.
"My parents thought, 'he's not that good, he should do something else'," Pihl said.
Skeptical parents turned out to be a blessing for the young rocker. After being dragged to the local college, Pihl found he enjoyed the learning experience. Motivated to learn how to fix broken equipment, Pihl began taking eletronic classes. Pihl continued to sharpen his musical skills by practicing whenever possible and taking music classes. However, these classes focussed largely on classical music and were aimed at future music teachers, rather than future performers. College also offered Pihl the opportunity to perform at local clubs and bars.
By Jeff Miers
Perhaps the band is the epitome of what we call "classic rock." Or, more likely, Boston was simply a concept birthed in the mind of a visionary artist, one that just happened to catch on in a major way in the latter '70s, and we all accepted the pinning of the "classic rock" tag on a sound that was conceived without such pretensions.
Labels, in music as in the rest of life, often have very little to do with the art they are thrust upon, and more to do with after-the-fact marketing concerns.
On Tuesday, an enthused and sizeable crowd gathered to catch the 2012 incarnation of Boston in the live format. Following the death several years back of original vocalist Brad Delp - who along with mastermind Tom Scholz conceived and recorded the first Boston album, now one of the highest selling debut albums in rock history - Boston had a lot to prove.
By Dustin Schoof
Boston is among the many classic rock bands who seem content on touring the festival circuit and playing their hits. The near-capacity crowd who showed up tonight to Musikfest didn't seem to mind -- or care.
The concert had all the trimmings of a Boston best-of collection; dropping the staples such as "Boston," "Rock & Roll Band" and "Smokin" all within the first 20 minutes. There were twin guitar solos, vocal harmonies and the occasional ballad. (the acoustically oriented "Amanda" in particular elicited many "aw's," which could be heard from those within earshot.)
That is not to diminish or take away from the musical talents of the group's members. Founding guitarist Tom Scholz proved he can still work a fretboard with the best of them, as he laid into the audience with several ripping solos throughout the night. Perched behind his kit, drummer Curly Smith steered the rhythm section with locomotive force.
By Dustin Schoof
Boston lead singer and guitarist David Victor's enthusiasm for the band and their music is palpable, along with the reverence he has for those early years.
"I grew up with Boston's music and my sister Peggy brought home the Boston album, we played it all the time. Every song was or became a hit," says Victor, whose passion for the band ultimately landed him in the lead vocals spot at the age of 48.
"You don't expect your break when you're nearly 50, but that's how it happened for me," Victor says.
Formed in 1976, Boston will touch down Sunday on the Stands Steel Stage during Bethlehem's Musikfest celebration.
Part of a 40-city tour which began in June, the Musikfest stop is the first for Victor. "Every city we go to is a first for me," says Victor, a native of California. The band performed at Musikfest in 2008.
Victor was brought into the Boston fold about two years ago, thanks to posting his work, playing and singing classic Boston songs on YouTube. "Getting that call was pretty unbelievable," Victor says.
Hits the band maintains on its play list include "Don't Look Back," "Amanda," "Smokin'," "Rock and Roll Band," and "Foreplay/Longtime."
Heavy-on-the hits old fave will wrap up Musikfest
By Brad Patton
The Times Leader
As the 10-day Musikfest winds down Sunday in Bethlehem, one of the biggest bands of the 1970s will take the stage.
Boston, the band that sold 17 million copies of its self-titled debut from 1976 and went on to become a staple of classic-rock radio, will perform at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza at 8 p.m. Sunday as the 29th annual Musikfest comes to a close.
The band's architect (and only remaining original member) Tom Scholz first began writing songs while attending MIT in 1969 and started putting the band together the following year when he met vocalist Brad Delp. After a few years of demos on which Scholz played all the instruments except drums and various band names, Scholz and Delp were signed to a recording contract as Boston in 1976. They recruited three more musicians who could replicate Scholz's studio creations on stage, and soon the band released its first album.
Thanks to songs such as "More Than A Feeling," which hit No. 5 on the singles chart, "Long Time," "Peace of Mind," "Let Me Take You Home Tonight" and "Rock and Roll Band," the album was a huge success, eventually selling 17 million copies and becoming the second biggest-selling debut of all time (trailing only "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses).