By Randy Benson
Gary Pihl knows he has one of the coolest jobs in America.
Since 1985, Pihl (pronounced Peel) has played guitar for Boston, a band noted for its driving guitar sound that many have tried to imitate, usually with little success.
Boston will perform at 8 p.m. today at Coushatta Casino Resort as part of its first tour in four years.
"I can tell you exactly when I heard that sound for the first time," Pihl said in a telephone interview. "I was driving near my home in the San Francisco area. I got to a stop sign and I heard "More Than a Feeling" coming out of the car ahead of me."
"More Than a Feeling" was not Boston's biggest hit, topping at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976, but the song introduced the Boston sound pioneered by group founder Tom Scholz to music fans. It was the first track on Boston's self-titled 1976 debut album that sold more than 17 million copies.
Get ready BOSTON fans! The band is gearing up for their U.S. summer tour which includes their one and only appearance at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, on July 22! The iconic classic rock band from the town of the same name has been a mainstay on classic rock radio with the tunes, 'More than a Feeling,' 'Peace of Mind' 'Rock And Roll Band, 'Smokin', 'Foreplay', 'Something About You' 'Amanda' and more. It seems you cannot go anywhere without hearing at least one song by BOSTON.
The lineup for White Plains is in this order: Tom Scholz lead and rhythm guitar, bass, keyboards, Gary Pihl, rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, Tommy DeCarlo, lead vocals, keyboards, percussion, David Victor, guitar vocals, Tracy Ferrie bass guitar, Curly Smith, drums, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals. Their famous logo is the BOSTON spaceship.
NY Rock Music Examiner spoke with singer-guitarist David Victor about their upcoming tour and what keeps the band going. He's the newest member of the band from California.
Iconic arena rock band Boston plays the Amphitheatre on July 1
By Nick Mcgregor
No other rock band will ever begin life like Boston did, birthed in an MIT graduate's hand-built basement studio. No other band will ever sell 17 millions copies of its first album, or make their New York City debut at Madison Square Garden. No other band will, nearly 35 years later, still be able to draw gargantuan crowds based on the strength of only five records, all of which are adorned with silly sci-fi spaceships. And no other band will ever get everyone from prog-rock guitar nerds to drunk and rowdy bikers to suburban regular Joes head-banging, air-guitaring and singing along with epic, arena-ready hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind" and "Don't Look Back."
But for all the ensuing drama - founding member Tom Scholz's long-running legal disputes with disgruntled managers, a bevy of lawsuits from unhappy record labels, or lead singer Brad Delp's tragic suicide in 2007 - Boston's recent story is fit for a Lifetime miniseries. Before the tribute concert held in Delp's honor, longtime fan and regular guy Tommy DeCarlo sent a few karaoke tracks to Tom Scholz. Boston's mastermind liked what he heard, invited DeCarlo to join the band as its new lead vocalist, and the rest, as they say, is rock 'n' roll history - precisely the kind of history that will probably never be repeated again.
From Rock Hard Magazine
Article by A.J. Wachtel
Special Thanks to: Micki Delp, Jenna Delp, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan, Fran Cosmo, Tim Archibald, Brian Maes, Dave Stefanelli and Muzz
There are a few things we know for certain about Brad Delp: he was "the nicest guy in rock and roll," he loved and cherished his family and friends, he had the voice of an angel, and he left the scene much too early. Now as his 60th birthday approaches, his daughter Jenna has searched out rare unheard tracks of her father's musical life from his own collection and will soon release the material. It's like winning the lottery and then doing something earth shattering: finding unknown and incredible resources and then sharing them with the world. Read on as I ask the people closest to Brad Delp to share their memories of his rare and incredible talent and to shed more light on what made him special.
By: Joe Bosso
Boston guitarist and mastermind Tom Scholz has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a man who has run not one but two fansites devoted to the band, asking him to remove defamatory statements made against him...or else.
"You have caused a multitude of defamatory statements to be published about the Scholzes on your website," Scholz's attorney Lawrence Green states in a letter to George Gouldsmith. "These statements have all been made falsely and maliciously and otherwise with reckless disregard to the truth.