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Boston leaves fans 'Feelin' Satisfied' at California Mid-State Fair
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Classic rock band headlines fair's An Evening of Music & Wine event

By Valerie Vaz
The Tribune

It's been a long time since classic rocker band Boston visited San Luis Obispo County, but I had "More Than a Feeling" that I was in for a good show when the band took the stage July 31 at the California Mid-State Fair.

This year's An Evening of Music & Wine concert took place at the Chumash Grandstand Arena, with decorated tables set up near the stage where concertgoers could sit and relax. Outside food was allowed, and wine and other beverages were available for sale.

Around 7 p.m., opening act Zzah started things off with smooth instrumental jams to set the mood. But the roughly 6,000 people milling around at the concert venue, were definitely eager for Boston to come on.

Finally peace of mind came at 8:05 p.m. when Boston walked onstage.

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Just Another Band Out of Boston
Saturday, August 01, 2015

By Michael Casper
Scene

Boston is coming to the State Fair. Other than a gyro and a cream puff, is there any other reason why not to make a trip to West Allis?

Their debut album, Boston, was released nearly 39 years ago to the day they will storm the stage on the 6th. That record still ranks as one of the best-selling debuts in US history with over 17 million copies sold.

I caught up with Gary Pihl (pronounced peel) who joined Boston in 1985, and who plays lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, and provides backing vocals.

Gary was raised in the suburbs of Chicago for the first 12 years of his life, and then relocated to the San Francisco Bay area and has led a musical life ever since.

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A Conversation With Boston's Gary Pihl
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

emissourian.com

Any town where people are ready to rock is a favorite for the classic rock band Boston.

Washington will have a chance to be that town Saturday night, Aug. 8, when Boston takes the Main Stage at the Washington Town and Country Fair. The show is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

Gary Pihl (pronounced Peel), who has been with Boston since 1985 performing rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals, wasn't giving away any secrets about the upcoming show when he spoke with The Missourian's Currents Arts and Entertainment Editor Ethan Busse last month in a phone interview.

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Boston, REO Speedwagon rock on at Ironstone
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

By Ken Johnson
Calaveras Enterprise

If you were not in Murphys at the Ironstone Amphiteathre on Saturday, you missed what has to be the rock and roll equivalent to a Bigfoot sighting.

The Boston and REO Speedwagon concert was unbelievably perfect. Having seen Boston in the '80s, I actually was eager to see REO as they, too, were a big part of my blaring-car-radio-fueled youth.

REO was loud and proud and if anyone didn't recognize at least a dozen Top 10 hits from the golden age of arena rock, they just weren't paying attention.

But then the lights came on and crews completely broke down the clean minimalistic stage setup for REO.

A new crew came in to setup Boston's stage rig. When the lights dimmed, the resulting stage looked like what you see when driving west on Highway 4 near the county line at night – dark expanse topped by a thousand shimmering lights.

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BOSTON with REO SPEEDWAGON
Monday, July 27, 2015

By Eva Dunn
Gold Country Times

Classic rock legends BOSTON with REO Speedwagon brought their "More Than a Feeling" tour to the beautiful Murphy's Ironstone Amphitheater on Saturday night, July 25th. With the awesome, classic sound of their earlier records, Boston’s new music still embodies the creative, the imaginative and harmonious, appealing to ageless generations. Ironstone brought classic rock to gold country in an UNBELIEVABLE show.

The spectacular concert was exhilarating with dramatic light shows, an indescribable melding of harmonious yet seemingly cacophonous music, while a visual presentation played on the huge screen behind the band. Of special note was the wild Hammond organ work, almost never ending, and soaring, endless harmony guitars leaving us in musical bliss. The concert was a festival of sensory overloads, intense!

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Depot dreams come true
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tommy DeCarlo launches rock and roll career from the tool corral

By Patrick Henderson
San Diego Reader

Tommy DeCarlo is not a believer in transferable skills.

At least, he doesn't think the skills he learned working at a Home Depot in Charlotte, North Carolina, have carried over to his current gig -- lead singer of Boston.

"Honestly, I don't think anything at Home Depot helped prepare me for this," DeCarlo, 50, tells the Reader.

Boston will be playing at Humphreys Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28. This is the eighth year in the group for DeCarlo, who first performed with Boston in 2007, after the band's lead singer, Bradley Delp, committed suicide.

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Interview: Boston's Tommy DeCarlo discusses joining the band
Friday, July 17, 2015

By Anne Erickson
Lansing State Journal

Imagine getting the offer to join your favorite band in the world, go on tour and play songs for thousands of adoring fans. Tommy DeCarlo found himself in that situation when he joined Boston, the classic rock band known for their towering prog-rock and catchy pop hooks.

Boston will perform to a sold out show Saturday at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, and we caught up with DeCarlo ahead of the show to talk about his journey joining Boston.

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Boston keeps the feeling alive, thanks to fans
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

By Marijke Rowland
The Modesto Bee

Even after almost 40 years, the way to get ready for a big national tour is still the same for the members of Boston.

"Like the old cliché goes: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You practice," longtime Boston guitarist and backing vocalist Gary Pihl said in a recent phone interview. "We've got six people on the road this year. And we practice to get ready."

Pihl will be on the road with Boston founding members Tom Scholz and the rest of the group as they play more than 50 shows in North America this summer. The band stops at the Ironstone Amphitheatre on July 25 for a double-bill with fellow classic rockers REO Speedwagon.

Founded in 1976, Boston broke out big with hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind" and "Don't Look Back." The band charted through the 1970s and '80s and has kept an active arena touring schedule over the decades. Their sound has become as legendary as their spaceship logo which is emblazoned on albums and other imagery.

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Sound Check: It's more than a feeling for Boston's No. 2 player
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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.

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Quebec City Summer Festival 2015 Boston and The Doobie Brothers
Monday, July 13, 2015

By Darrell Shelley
The Scene

Quebec City Summer Festival Day 5 - Boston and The Doobie Brothers brought the classics back to The Plains Of Abraham but it was a strange brew.

Pairing up The Doobie Brothers with Boston is like pairing a 1993 Chateauneuf Du Pape with a Tuna Salad from the local grocery store, you just don't do it!

I'm not comparing one band to a Tuna Salad and another to a delicious Wine, but together it didn't work.

Boston clearly rocked out and rocks on levels much higher than The Doobie Brothers. While, The Doobie Brothers did a fine job of bringing out the older baby boomer demographic, Boston kept the boomers happy, drew in a new legion of fans and basically did what was done and more.

Both performances were good in their own right. Let's take a look.

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