By Brian Aberback
Tracy Ferrie vividly remembers the first time that he heard the band Boston.
It was 1976 and the then 10-year-old Elkhart, Indiana native was at his parents' roller rink when the instantly memorable, soon-to-be rock classic "More Than a Feeling" emanated from the sound system.
"I remember the day we put the Boston record on," Ferrie said. "I'm skating around the roller rink thinking, ‘this is unbelievable. I've never heard anything like this.'"
More than 35 years later, Ferrie is playing bass on Boston's summer tour, performing "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Amanda" and other classics to sellout crowds. Boston plays this Saturday at the Mark G. Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
By David J. Spatz
Atlantic City Weekly
Gary Pihl could be the poster child for why drugs aren't necessarily considered de rigueur in the rock 'n' roll culture.
Pihl's drug-free lifestyle -- not to mention his solid guitar licks -- set in motion a chain of events that led to the gig of a lifetime. For nearly 30 years, Pihl has been a guitarist with the long-running band Boston.
He earned the spot the old-fashioned way, by working his way up through the ranks as a member of Sammy Hagar's first band, which opened for Boston during its 1978-79 tour.
Pihl had been playing in a band called Stark Raving Mad in the San Francisco Bay area, and they were looking for a new singer. Pihl knew that Hagar had recently left the band Montrose, so he reached out to Hagar to see if he'd be interested in joining Stark Raving Mad.
Ex Home Depot Worker Propelled Into The Spotlight Thanks To Band's Founder
By Jeff Walker
Low Country Today
If this had been a young women's story it might present itself like a modern day fairy tale but since it involves a classic rock loving testosterone driven male it more resembles Bad Company's hit song 'Rock n' Roll Fantasy'. Similar to Mark Wahlberg's fictional character in the movie 'Rock Star' or Arnel Pineda's real life inclusion into the band Journey, Tommy DeCarlo's leap into lead singer for Boston reads like an everyman's dream come true.
DeCarlo would take over the reins in 2008 less than two years after the passing of legendary Boston vocalist Brad Delp. The most notable difference between 'Rock Star' and Pineda's two decades plus of singing live is that DeCarlo never fronted a band or sang in front of a large crowd outside the occasional karaoke night at the local bowling alley. A North Carolina resident and longtime fan of 70's and 80's guitar rock bands DeCarlo spent most of his early singing career performing in his living room.
"I'd come home from work, throw on the headphones and just start jamming to my favorite bands. Growing up as a teenager in the late 1970's and early 80's I was into all the biggest bands back then. Bands like Journey, Kansas, Styx, Foreigner, and .38 Special. I've always loved good rock n' roll music." Although he was inspired by them all he had a connection to Boston and Delp. "I loved his voice. There was just something about it. I'd sing along to radio back then."
Peace of Mind, Don't Look Back, More Than a Feeling, Foreplay/Long Time, and Amanda are a few of the many classic rock anthems that Boston can lay claim to and will be playing live when the band makes a stop on their current tour to Columbus on August 1st. They will be playing the Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fair. I didn't hesitate when I was given the opportunity to interview the newest member of the band, bass player Tracy Ferrie.
The bands publicist, Gail Parenteau, was gracious enough to organize the interview and Tracy was the real deal. During my time with him on the phone I got to know a little more about him, I got a better understanding to the inner workings of Boston and the music they play, and we even got to do a little bit of old fashioned rock ‘n roll discussion.
After Tracy called me and we introduced ourselves, our discussion went something like this:
By Sue White
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – Tommy DeCarlo never got a chance to thank the late Boston lead singer Brad Delp for teaching him how to sing.
It wasn't anything formal, no face-to-face lessons. But all those years of singing along to recordings of "More Than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back" brings him Sunday, July 29, to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort's outdoor arena.
"I never dreamed in a million years that I'd be touring with Boston and singing those songs onstage," said DeCarlo, who has since quit his job as a credit manager at Home Depot.
"It's sad and unfortunate that Brad isn't here anymore – he died in 2007 – and I wish I had the chance to thank him. I wish he knew that something wonderful happened through the music he made."
Even more amazing is the fact that DeCarlo wasn't even a professional musician when Boston's Tom Scholz tapped him to come aboard in 2007. As DeCarlo puts it, he sang once to 30 or 40 people at a bowling alley, but most never left the lanes to listen.