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Classic Rockers Boston Coming to Atlantic City
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

By Brian Aberback
Galloway Patch

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.

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Back to Boston
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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.

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Boston to play at Foxwoods
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

By M.B. Tuccio
Connecticut Post

In the past 40 years, pop culture, media and music have surely changed a lot. Yet, some things transcend these changes. Consider the music of Boston.

Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists.

Boston's best-known works include hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind" and "Amanda." Though there was no real Amanda who inspired the tune, many couples picked the name for their daughters.

Band members know it's true because of all the Amandas who come up after concerts and say that's just what their parents told them.

Boston will appear in concert at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Friday, July 20.

Scholz will be performing along with Gary Pihl on lead guitar; Tommy DeCarlo on vocals, percussion and keyboards; David Victor on vocals and guitar; Tracy Ferrie on bass guitar; and Curly Smith on drums.

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A closer look at Boston with bass player Tracy Ferrie
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chad Hobbs
examiner.com

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:

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Boston brings a singer's dream come true to Mount Pleasant's Soaring Eagle Casino
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

By Sue White
MLive.com

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.

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Boston Brings a Different Era to St. Augustine
Monday, July 09, 2012

By John Davisson
INsite

Boston is on the road, and they played the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

It was like entering a time machine as they rolled out hit after hit from the late '70s and early '80s. Back then, Boston's songs were in heavy rotation on the radio, and you could not help but know the songs if you listened to rock stations. Boston's debut album sold 17 million copies (only Guns and Roses has sold more copies of a debut album). The second album sold 7 million – a sophomore slump to be sure, but who can complain about 7 million? The next three albums only sold 7 million total.

Tom Scholz, the Boston mastermind, is the only member remaining from the original line-up, but the sound was unmistakable. Tom singlehandedly changed the sound of rock music. An electronics whiz with a master's degree from MIT, he created effects boxes (like the Rockman he developed later and marketed) that enabled him to create an arena-rock sound in the studio. Without stacks of Marshall amplifiers, he had a sound with a full, clean sustain that became a hallmark of the band's sound.

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Boston still has what it takes to rock
Monday, July 09, 2012

By Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

KINDER, La. — Make no doubt about it, Boston is not just another 'rock and roll band.'

The rock band Boston performed this past Friday night at Coushatta Casino and Resort in Kinder, La., in front of several thousand loyal rock fans and the group delivered a stellar concert performing hit after hit during a spectacular 90-minute showcase.

The concert started strong and the band never faltered with hits such as 'Rock and Roll Band,' 'Smokin',' 'Feelin' Satisfied,' and 'Peace of Mind.'

Guitarist and founding member Tom Scholz is still on the top of his game, and vocalist Tommy DeCarlo sounds so similar to deceased vocalist Brad Delp one can't help but imagine it is Delp's voice itself roaring through the speakers.

The group also included many worthwhile tracks during the show, including several from the band's third album, 'Third Stage.' Songs included 'Cool the Engines,' 'We're Ready,' 'My Destination,' 'To Be a Man' and the hit single, 'Amanda.' Other notable songs were 'Walk On' and '

No Boston concert could be complete without hits 'More Than a Feeling,' 'Don't Look Back,' and 'Long Time.'

Boston may not be the same group which emerged in the mid-1970s and sold approximately 17 million copies of its debut album, but there is no denying this will never be just another rock and roll band. From Boston or elsewhere.

 
Boston brings its unique brand of rock and roll to Kinder
Friday, July 06, 2012

By Randy Benson
thetowntalk.com

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.

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BOSTON: Touring is a great feeling!
Monday, July 02, 2012

Suzanne Rothberg
examiner.com

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.

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Rock man finds home in Boston
Friday, June 29, 2012

By Luke Hendry
Belleville Intelligencer

Gary Pihl is a man of opposites.

He's a guitarist and singer in Boston, part of July's Empire Rockfest concert series.

But Pihl (pronounced "peel") is hardly a stereotypical rock star.

He got a steady gig because he didn't do drugs, while his work in Boston led to a steady 9-to-5 company job.

Oh, and he's been married only once — to his highschool sweetheart.

On the phone from a Florida hotel room, Pihl doesn't sound road-weary, jaded or cocky. In fact, he sounds pretty average — and very content. And there's a reason.

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