By Gary Graff
Macomb Daily

Gary Pihl didn't join the band Boston until 1985. But he has the distinction of being on every Boston tour, even though the group started touring nine years prior.

Back then, you see, the guitarist and keyboardist was in Sammy Hagar's band back when the Red Rocker was opening for Boston, which gave him a front-row seat to watch the group's ascent -- particularly with an iconic 1976 debut album that's sold more than 17 million copies.

By Jude Gold
Guitar Player

If you've been exposed to any amount of rock radio over the years, you've probably heard Boston's "Hitch a Ride" dozens, if not hundreds, of times. But did you ever notice that the Hammond organ on that song does something impossible? The last note of its solo clearly bends up a whole-step--but there is no pitch-bend on a Hammond.

To see how Boston founder Tom Scholz pulled off this bit of sonic subterfuge, let's time travel back a few decades and step into the tiny recording studio he had beneath his Watertown, Massachusetts, apartment in the mid-'70s--the cramped basement where the guitarist, fresh out of MIT and working as an engineer for Polaroid, tracked every part (except for vocals and hand claps) on Boston's multi-platinum eponymous 1976 debut.

By Matt Wake

Tommy DeCarlo's last job involved wearing an orange apron at a Charlotte Home Depot and assisting customers with everything from their store credit accounts to locating nuts and bolts. DeCarlo's current job involves holding a microphone, singing lead vocals for classic-rock band Boston and belting-out arena-leveling notes on hits like "More Than a Feeling" and "Smokin'."

"It's really nothing I can say I've gotten used to yet," DeCarlo, 50 says, about seven years into the gig.

"I know what my job is and I know what Tom (Scholz, Boston guitarist/songwriter/mastermind) expects of me in terms of being a musician and vocalist in the band and what my parts are. But every night on stage I still find a moment to say, 'Wow, I can't believe I'm here.' I'm super-grateful that I've been given this opportunity to be a part of my favorite rock 'n' roll band."

Tommy DeCarlo’s career path was a straight shot from The Home Depot to the big stage

By Barbara Wallace Hughes
Messenger News

Tommy DeCarlo could be mistaken for Boston's biggest fan - if he weren't the band's lead singer.

How he got the job is a story that sounds almost too unbelievable to be true.

Since he began touring with Boston, DeCarlo - a former credit manager at The Home Depot with no professional singing experience - has been living out his dream.

Sometimes, it still seems surreal.

"Every night is always a reminder of what an awesome opportunity this is," DeCarlo said, in a recent telephone interview.

Growing up in Utica, New York, DeCarlo was an all-around athlete in school; he played basketball, football and baseball, even trying out twice for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Music was nothing but a hobby.

By David Spatz

There's no getting around it: Tommy DeCarlo is the first rock star of the social media generation.

Were it not for his page on the now-passe MySpace, DeCarlo would probably still be a credit manager for a Home Depot in North Carolina, and the 1970s power rock band would likely have a different lead singer.

DeCarlo was 12-year-old kid growing up in Utica, N.Y., when he became a major Boston fan in the 1970s. He bought their albums, memorized the songs and played a mean air guitar. And like many Boston fans, he was heartbroken when the band's lead singer, Brad Delp, committed suicide in 2007.

DeCarlo only real singing "experience" came from the occasional karaoke performance at a local bowling alley. As a memorial tribute to Delp, he posted a few of his karaoke songs on his MySpace page.

"I always liked to sing, it was kind of just a hobby, a bedroom hobby, (but) I never (sang) anything outside of the house," DeCarlo, 50, says during a recent phone call from his North Carolina home. But that was about to change.

Billboard Magazine

Charging malicious prosecution, local industry attorney Don Engel seeks $106 million in cumulative damages in Federal District Court here from CBS Inc. and a New York lawyer and his firm, claiming they wrongfully accused him in the legal hassle involving the group Boston.

CBS originally filed suit against Thomas Scholz and Boston in October, 1983, demanding $20 million in damages for the act's failure to deliver a third album (Billboard, Nov. 12, 1983). Scholz denied the allegations through Engel, his attorney, counterclaiming breach of contract and cumulative damages of $15 million.

Engel's complaint, filled last Monday (4), alleges that CBS and Moses & Singer and an attorney with that firm, Stanley Rothenberg, misrepresented to the New York Federal District Court Engel's actions in the suit in an attempt to disrupt Engel's work on behalf of Scholz. CBS would not comment on the charges.

CBS filed a second action in August, 1984, charging breach of contract and copyright infringement against Scholz, Engel, Boston's manager Jeff Donenfeld and MCA Records, the latter for allegedly trying to make a deal for Boston.

The presiding New York judge lashed out against the plaintiffs in the second action in February, saying he was outraged by what he felt was an attempt to "immobilize" Engel from representing Scholz. Final action in the second suit favored Engel.

MCA Album Here; CBS Suit Unresolved

By Fred Goodman
Billboard Magazine

Despite an eight-year gap between releases and a still undecided breach-of-contract suit by CBS Records, time -and tastes - have apparently stood still for megaplatinum group Boston. The long - dormant band is being greeted warmly by both radio and retail.

"Amanda," the lead single from its debut album for MCA, "Third Stage," is the most-added single at radio this week, garnering reports from 144 of Billboard's 225 radio panelists and debuting at No. 51 on this week's Hot 100 Singles chart.

With the album slated for a Sept. 26 release, Boston is also being received with open arms at retail. "You'd think they were coming off a No. 1 album based on the calls we've been getting from stores," says Norman Hunter, album buyer for the 127 -store Record Bar chain, based in Durham, N.C. A spokesman for MCA characterized initial sales as "far exceeding our expectations."

The feeling of optimism is shared by the band's management.

"Radio has received the single like we never left," says Jeff Dorenfeld, manager for the group. "We feel like we're coming off our first album."

By Howard Cohen
Miami Herald

Lana Turner was discovered sitting on a stool at the Top Hat Malt Shop in Hollywood. Toni Braxton sang to herself while pumping gas at an Amoco in Maryland. Rosario Dawson sat on a stoop of a Manhattan apartment building when a filmmaker strolling by asked her to be in his movie.

For singer Beth Cohen of Miami Beach, her new role as singer-keyboardist-rhythm guitarist in classic rock band Boston came about because the group's founder Tom Scholz was checking out a local Top 40 act on the Clevelander stage one night in 1997.

Cohen, a University of Miami graduate who has toured with Barry Gibb, Chayanne, Jon Secada and sung backing harmonies on Barbra Streisand's Guilty Pleasures album, was on that South Beach stage.

Scholz rang her up. She sang backup on Boston's 2002 album Corporate America and the current Life, Love and Hope, and Scholz just made her a member of the band for the new tour, which opens Thursday in Tuscaloosa. (Boston performs at Sunfest in West Palm Beach Sunday).

"It's so great. I remember hearing all those songs on the radio growing up. ... I'm thrilled to be there with a musical genius, but it makes me feel good about my own talents," the Long Island-born Cohen, 44, said.

The Broadway cast album of Annie was Cohen's awakening to the arts.

"I was probably about 8 years old and would run around the house singing 'the sun'll come out tomorrow' outside my bedroom window. The boy next door used to tease me, and would say, 'Shut up!' But I didn't even care. I was gonna be Annie! From that point on, I was singing all the time."

By: Sharon Stancavage
Lighting & Sound America

The summer shed season brings out a wide variety of acts, which this year includes Boston's Heaven on Earth Tour. "Over the years, Boston's designs have included a lot of the latest technology that was available at the time," notes Mark Fetto, chief operating officer of Morpheus Lights, the tour's lighting vendor.

This year, Boston is mixing its old hits with new material, a balance that is reflected in the lighting rig. "The rig is half old-school--that's why I kept the PAR cans--and half new, with the hip moving light stuff," explains the band's longtime lighting designer, Gregg Maltby.

The lighting rig is streamlined. "We are carrying three straight 40' trusses," Maltby says. Two are filled with 120 ETC Source Four PARs. He calls the automated light truss, a 6'-tall-by-40'-wide structure upstage of the amps, "the jungle gym." "It's for backlight, air stuff, graphic effects, and lighting the back of the amps," he adds, "On them, there are six [Martin Professional MAC] Vipers, eight [Clay Paky] Sharpys, and six [Ayrton] MagicPanel 602 beam projectors." Additional MagicPanels are placed on the floor. "I'm also using them as shin kickers, stage right and stage left, and they work really well," Maltby says. The units replace the Ayrton Wildsun 500s that Maltby employed on the band's 2012 tour. Using the MagicPanels, he says, "you can go totally crazy--you can write letters and numbers and so on. They do rainbow stuff, they do chases, and they look pretty cool."

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.