Boston Vocalist Tommy DeCarlo Living A Dream
Thursday, July 09, 2015

By Ken Kelley
The Music Nerd Chronicles

With more than 20 million records sold and an arsenal of hits including classic rock radio staples like "More Than A Feeling," "Smokin'" and "Amanda," Boston's place in the annals of music history was secured long ago.

Nonetheless, it remains an exciting place Boston vocalist Tommy DeCarlo to find himself. If you've ever doubted the legitimacy of the famed "Cinderella Story," DeCarlo is living proof that sometimes, dreams do come true.

Sadly, DeCarlo's involvement with Boston arose from unfortunate circumstances. In early 2007, the group lost their original vocalist when Brad Delp tragically passed away. It was DeCarlo's creativity and obvious talent that would eventually help him find his way to Boston leader Tom Scholz.

Hammond's Festival of the Lakes: Music stars under the stars
Thursday, July 09, 2015

By Tom Lounges

Summer is here, which means Hammond is ready for the 12th annual Festival of the Lakes. More than 50,000 people participated in the activities highlighting Hammond's three lakes in 2014 according to Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott's office.

"This year promises to surpass last year, providing our great community another five days of summer fun," said Mayor McDermott in a press statement.

Music will fill the night air over the waters of Wolf Lake, as McDermott and The Hammond Parks & Recreation Department gift local music fans with five days of top name talent all free of charge at The Pavilion Stage of Wolf Lake Memorial Park.

Boston guitarist is happy to give the people what they want
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

By Kathy Cichon
Elgin Courier-News

As a teenager in a California high school band during the 1960s, Gary Pihl took the advice of a fellow student and guitar player. The friend had heard about an older guy who was giving guitar lessons in the next town over.

"He said he was so good, we should all take lessons from this guy," Pihl said.

At age 15, he was too young to drive, so his mother drove him to the lessons.

"He was really good, and he taught us some stuff. And he was in a band called The Warlocks at the time," Pihl said. "In fact, we went to see them play -- they played in a pizza parlor -- they were excellent.

Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo Q&A: From Home Depot employee to being in his favorite band
Monday, June 08, 2015

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."

Living a Rockstar Dream
Sunday, June 07, 2015

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.

Unlikely rock star keeps Boston alive
Thursday, June 04, 2015

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.

Boston: more than a band
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

By Kendall Rotar and Sarina Sutton
The Trinity Voice

Mainly known for the record breaking hit, "More Than A Feeling," Boston has made mark on music for decades. Their first album Boston is known as one of the best selling albums in recording history today. Specifically, Gary Pihl has made a name for himself alongside his good friend Tom Scholz. Pihl jumped around from the Grateful Dead to the Sammy Hagar Band and found his place in Boston in 1985. The Bite had the chance to chat with Pihl about his journey with Boston.

Miami's Beth Cohen joins classic rock group Boston
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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."

Boston's lead singer still living the rock and roll dream
Monday, April 13, 2015

Viera Voice

Seven years into his rock and roll fantasy as lead singer of multiplatinum-selling supergroup Boston, Tommy DeCarlo still finds performing the band's biggest hits before thousands of fans a bit surreal.

"I'm incredibly comfortable right until I have to walk out on stage," said DeCarlo, who performs with Boston at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. "I think that part of it is always going to be there."

A former credit manager at a Charlotte, N.C. Home Depot who had never been in a band before, DeCarlo was plucked from obscurity to become Boston's frontman in 2008. At the urging of a friend, DeCarlo sent Boston's management some recordings of him singing Boston tunes to a karaoke soundtrack on his MySpace page as a tribute to lead singer Brad Delp, who committed suicide in 2007. Boston founder Tom Scholz heard the recordings and flew DeCarlo and his family to Boston for an audition. DeCarlo made his first-ever stage appearance before 4,000 fans at a Delp tribute concert, and the band made him its lead singer soon afterward.

"I would have never believed this could happen in a million years," said DeCarlo, a Utica, N.Y. native, married father of two, and Boston fan since his teens.

An Interview with Boston's Gary Pihl
Thursday, April 09, 2015

By Cassie Morien

In the 70s, the most popular city in Massachusetts raised a rock band that stole the city's name and the hearts of listeners around the world. Now, almost 40 years later, the band refuses to surrender stadiums, airwaves, and their loyal fans.

BOSTON is known for their contagious, ageless singles, like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Rock and Roll Band," and "Amanda." Their 1976 self-titled album remains one of the best-selling debut albums in U.S. history. BOSTON went on to release five more studio albums. The band traveled the world with a dreamy spaceship. With them, the world mourned the loss of their original lead singer.

The greatest American rock band continues to conquer the scene.

Founder, guitarist, keyboardist, chief-songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz has performed with many talented musicians who have helped contribute to Boston's incredible legacy, but no one more than the band's lead guitarist Gary Pihl.

The endlessly talented and wise Pihl took time out of his busy schedule (preparing for another fantastic tour) to speak with us before Boston's SunFest debut. In the interview below, Pihl shares with us his path to BOSTON, his philanthropic side projects, and the "glue" that has kept BOSTON in our ears and hearts all these years.

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