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More Than A Feeling: Boston's Tom Scholz Talks About How ‘Dumb Luck' Had a Role in his Success
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

By Matt Wardlaw
Cleveland Scene

It's been quite a long time since Tom Scholz was a young boy growing up in Toledo. He's best known these days as the guitarist and creative mind behind the multi-platinum classic rock band Boston, but he's got fond memories of his Northeast Ohio days. During a recent phone conversation, he said that Cedar Point was a favorite destination. "As a kid of course, it was astounding. I was especially crazy about roller coasters. I don't know if they still have that old wooden one, but they had that most awesome giant old wooden roller coaster at Cedar Point and I could not get enough of that."

Long before Boston played its first shows here, Cleveland was already a destination on Scholz's roadmap.

"I'm really dating myself here, but when I started school at M.I.T., there was no U.S. I-90 that went all the way across the country," he says. "You had to drive through Cleveland to get back onto I-90 where it started up again to get to Massachusetts. So I've been through Cleveland many times and I have a couple of friends there too."

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Boston Soars in Concert at Aurora's RiverEdge Park
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By Raymond Britt
Chicago Tribune

It's as simple as this: the band Boston was nothing short of spectacular at their August 10, 2014 concert in Aurora's RiverEdge Park.

On August 25, 1976, Boston's debut self-titled album was released. On that day, the first copies of that album flew off the shelves, winning rave reviews from critics and creating life-long fans that would buy more than 20 million copies over the following decades.

As Boston took the stage for the 49th performance on its Heaven on Earth Tour, it was also a mere 15 days shy of the 38th anniversary of the debut album's release.

The show had it all -- Boston's classic hits, the intricate arrangements, the tight musicianship, and the exceptionally unique Boston sound combined to bring the venue's sold-out audience to its feet again and again.

That's what decades of Boston's timeless music has been doing at every stop on the band's bold 2014 tour journey of 69 planned concerts: grabbing audiences from the first notes of the opening song 'Rock and Roll Band' and not letting go until the final crescendo of the encore 'Party' wrapped up almost two hours later.

In-between, Boston didn't seem to leave anything out.

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Review: Boston delivers classic evening of rock at Pinewood
Saturday, August 09, 2014

By L. Kent Wolgamott
Lincoln Journal Star

It was a perfect evening for Boston fans at Pinewood Bowl Friday, cool and comfortable for what they'd come to hear.

That, of course, was nearly 20 songs, including all the '70s hits, well played by Boston founder and guitar wizard Tom Scholz and the five-piece band.

The bowl was packed with 4,350 people, the most it can hold for a seated show.

Tommy DeCarlo handled the lead vocal duty for most of the night, adding a shade of his own style while faithfully replicating Brad Delp's original lines on the likes of "Peace of Mind," "Long Time" and "More Than a Feeling," which came midway through the 1 hour, 45 minute set,

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Boston wicked strong in USANA concert
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

By Doug Fox
Daily Herald

If the past 38 years of radio airplay have taught us anything, it's that the rock band Boston has its own distinct, immediately recognizable sound.

Songs like "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Long Time," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda" are instantly discerned from their very first notes -- no matter what part of the tune is playing when you first dial it in.

Yet the biggest question mark coming into the band's appearance at USANA Amphitheatre on Tuesday night was how closely it could replicate that trademark sound in a live setting. We're not necessarily talking about the band's powerful, yet intricately layered guitar sound, mind you, as Tom Scholz and company have proven the ability over the years to pull that off. No, we were mainly wondering how Tommy DeCarlo's vocals would fit into the overall scheme of things and whether any noticeable differences would throw things a bit off kilter when it came to experiencing songs that have been such a part of the musical landscape for nearly four decades.

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From Home Depot to singing for Boston
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

By L. Kent Wolgamott
Lincoln Journal Star

In 2007, Tommy DeCarlo was working at a Home Depot in Charlotte, North Carolina. Seven years later, he's the lead singer of Boston in the middle of his third tour with the ‘70s classic rock band.

A devoted fan who came to Boston's attention after he recorded a tribute to the late vocalist Brad Delp, DeCarlo doesn't dwell on the thought that he's living the dream of singing with his favorite band -- until the lights come up for a show, and he realizes what he's doing.

"It's something I don't think much about until I'm up on stage," DeCarlo said. "Early on it was definitely overwhelming. At times, when I'm getting up on stage with the band and see a sold-out crowd, it hits me again."

DeCarlo likely will see a sold-out crowd Friday when Boston and the Doobie Brothers stop at Pinewood Bowl. The audience will see a guy dedicated to doing his best to sing the songs that he grew up loving.

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'70s rocker with local roots returns
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

By Randall G. Mielke
Sun-Times Media

Gary Pihl, guitarist for Boston, learned to play from a talented musician, only he didn't know it at the time.

"While I was at San Mateo High School in San Mateo, Calif., someone said that a guy was giving guitar lessons in the next town," said Pihl, who grew up in Park Ridge, and moved to the west coast when he was 12.

"I was 15 years old at the time. This guy was patient with us. He was in a band called The Warlocks, which eventually became the Grateful Dead. The guitarist giving us lessons was Jerry Garcia."

Pihl continued to perfect his craft while idolizing performers like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, and he joined Sammy Hagar's band in 1977. Pihl toured and recorded with Hagar for eight years.

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Gary Pihl's tenure in Boston is 'More Than a Feeling'
Monday, August 04, 2014

By Doug Fox
Daily Herald

Well, it looks like you're about halfway through the big summer tour -- so how's everything going so far?

GARY PIHL: It's been going very well. We're just thrilled to death that people seem to like our new album because we're playing a couple cuts from "Life, Love and Hope," and people seem to like 'em. Then when we get to the classic hits, the people are singing along and smiling, so there's nothing more that we could ask for.

FOX: How are the new songs translating to the stage?

PIHL: They seem to be very well received. Of course, people don't know them, so they're not singing along with them yet, but we hope that they will in the future.

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Illinois State Fair 2014: Boston, with opening acts Sweet and April Wine
Saturday, August 02, 2014

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.

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Boston Replicates While Cheap Trick Roars at the Forum: Concert Review
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By Ben Wener
The Hollywood Reporter

Seven months after issuing its first new music in a dozen years, the band that declared "Don't Look Back" is still doing exactly that.

Three songs into Boston's solid show Tuesday night at the Forum, the long-running but ever-changing group's first L.A. performance in six years, sonic mastermind and sole original member Tom Scholz had a pointed question for the largely older crowd that mostly filled the floor and lower half of the renovated arena.

"I want to know," he wondered: "How many of you here think bands like us should still make new albums?" It's a sensible query at a time when sales are at such an all-time low that barely pushing a thousand units still can secure a spot on Billboard best-selling albums chart.

Once upon a pre-SoundScan time -- specifically 1976, when "corporate rock" achieved chart dominance to match widespread FM airplay -- so many commercial duds mingling with runaway smashes was unthinkable. How much more competitive (if often rigged and inaccurate) were the results back then? The first meticulous Boston creation to emerge from Scholz's basement studio, an inescapable '70s staple like Frampton Comes Alive! and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours that would go on to sell 17 million copies and stay on the charts for 132 weeks, nonetheless never reached pole position -- its ascendency stopped at No. 3.

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Recording takes more than a feeling for Boston's Tom Scholz
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By Alan Sculley
Tahoe Daily Tribune

Boston's Tom Scholz, the man who has written nearly all of the group's songs and created the band's signature sound, has often said he regretted allowing Columbia Records to release the second Boston album, "Don't Look Back," when it did.

He felt he was rushed into releasing the album before it was truly done. He has made a firm decision since then.

"Basically, I decided after the second album that I just wasn't going to get pushed into releasing something before I thought it was the best that I could do," he said in a recent phone interview.

Scholz has made good on that promise ever since, and, as a result, there have been a grand total of four Boston album released since "Don't Look Back" arrived in 1978. The latest Boston album, "Life, Love & Hope," has now arrived – a scant 11 years since the previous Boston release, "Corporate America."

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