Boston hasn't lost its spark
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By Peter Larsen
Orange County Register

By the end of Boston's return to the Forum in Los Angeles on Tuesday you could see the orange flicker of actual cigarette lighters here and there amid the usual cell phones a-glowing.

Forget the drummers – Boston and opening act Cheap Trick each gave their bass players spotlight turns in which to solo during their respective sets.

And you knew Boston still would have that spaceship window deal on the video screens, plus they also brought along a massive gong because, you know, it's cool to bash on that thing a few times every night.

The Forum reopened this year all shiny and new again but the landing of Boston and Cheap Trick turned all the clocks back to the '70s, the decade in which these now-classic acts first headlined the landmark L.A. arena.

Boston comes to Shoreline Amphitheatre in support of long-awaited new album
Monday, July 28, 2014

By Jim Harrington
San Jose Mercury News

Gary Pihl became an official member of Boston in 1985. Yet his time with the multiplatinum classic-rock band -- which performs Saturday at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View -- stretches much further.

"I've been on every Boston tour," the Bay Area-raised guitarist says during a recent phone interview. "But on the first two tours, I was in the opening act."

Pihl was a member of Sammy Hagar's band, which opened a batch of shows on Boston's first tour in 1977. Things jelled between the two acts, so Boston invited Hagar and crew to open all the dates on its second headlining trek.

That turned out to be a pivotal moment for Pihl (pronounced "Peel"), although the guitarist wouldn't fully realize it until years later. Fast-forward to 1985 -- and Hagar's announcement that he's joining Van Halen -- and Pihl suddenly needed to find a new job. It didn't take him long.

Concert review: Boston leaves Phoenix crowd feeling more than satisfied
Saturday, July 26, 2014

By Ted Hansen

If the creative genius behind the band Boston, Tom Scholz, ever wants to add to his impressive resume, he can include children's toy maker. Friday night, July 25, 2014 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Scholz and Boston were masters of the jack-in-the-box technique. That's where the pacing of the songs being played allow you sit down one moment, only to pop back up in the next.

Some people never did sit down and had the age of most in the audience been the same as when they first heard songs like "More Than A Feeling" or "Foreplay/Long Time," some thirty eight years ago, it's doubtful anybody would have sat down. With Boston's performance, you really didn't want to miss a second of the 100 minute show they put on.

Classic rockers Boston create magic on tour
Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Timothy Guy
The Press Enterprise

It only takes a few seconds of the first guitar notes of "More Than a Feeling" for Boston's Gary Pihl to create classic rock magic.

And those few seconds are all it takes to get a crowd on their feet and singing along. Boston, a classic rock radio staple, has a string of Southern California dates on the books: Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula on Sunday, The Forum in Inglewood on Tuesday, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay in San Diego on Wednesday and Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage on Aug. 1.

"I play a 12-string acoustic guitar to start that song," Pihl said in a recent phone interview. "All you need to do is play four notes and the crowd starts clapping and cheering. They know right away. There's 10,000 people, and we're all (on) the same page."

Boston roots trace back to when founder Tom Scholz was attending college in 1969. According to the band's website, "Foreplay" was the first song that Scholz ever wrote. The band went on to massive success with hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Don't Look Back," "Amanda" and "I Need Your Love."

Boston set to rock Pechanga Casino and the Forum
Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Wes Woods
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Guitarist Gary Pihl spent the late 1970s playing with Sammy Hagar before he joined the classic rock band Boston, and has appreciated both experiences.

"What you see is what you get. He's a fun-loving guy. He's always in a great mood. And a great singer," Pihl said of working with Hagar. "I enjoyed my eight years there in the band."

As for Boston founder Tom Scholz, "Tom always shows up on lists of the 100 great guitar players of all time," Pihl notes. "He's always on the greatest list of keyboards. Then throw in the greatest rock songs of all time. Boston is on them.

"He's the smartest guy I know. It's been a real pleasure working with him."

Boston, known for megahits including "Amanda" and "More Than a Feeling," is set to perform Sunday at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula and Tuesday at the Forum with Cheap Trick.

Boston has seen a lot of changes over the years, but Pihl said rock music is "absolutely thriving," with its mixing up of musical styles going as far back as Red Hot Chili Peppers, who debuted in 1983.

Straight-ahead rock with Boston and Night Ranger
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Scott W. Coleman
Hill Country News

If you're a fan of pure rock-n-roll, Sunday night's Boston / Night Ranger show would have been a great place to be.

In stark contrast to the pyrotechnically-heavy Mötley Crüe show just five days prior, the stage for Boston seemed almost bare. But, where the Crüe and even Alice Cooper relied heavily on theatrics for their show, Boston and Night Ranger chose to let the music speak for itself.

Night Ranger pushed out a number of radio-friendly rock hits in the 80s, none bigger than "Sister Christian," a ballad taken up by high school teachers and churches as a warning sign to young women that still became the single biggest hit at proms across the country in 1984-85.

Night Ranger guitarists Brad Gillis and Joel Hoekstra are a tandem to be reckoned with, though, and the pair dueled back and forth with solos, moving across the stage to smile gratefully at the audience members who sang along with nearly every song. Bass player and vocalist Jack Blades, one of the founding members of rock supergroup Damn Yankees, got the audience to their feet with that group's hits, "High Enough" and "Coming of Age."

However, the night belonged to that ‘band out of Boston' led by musical genius Tom Scholz, whose laid back stage presence communicated clearly that with Boston, it's all about the music.

Boston fans' devotion good for band's peace of mind
Monday, July 21, 2014

By Doug Elfman
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A woman went to a meet-and-greet for the band Boston recently and she told the group, "This is show No. 114 for me." Boston guitarist Gary Pihl thought, "Wow, that's more shows than my wife's been to."

Pihl said 114 Boston concerts is "more shows than some of the guys in the band have been to, because some of the guys are new.'"

That's just the way it is with Boston fanatics. Many will come to Vegas just to see Boston/Cheap Trick rock Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel. (Their hits: "More Than a Feeling," "Rock and Roll Band," "Smokin'," "Amanda," "Peace of Mind," "Foreplay/Long Time" and "Don't Look Back.")

Boston has hung with some fans so often, the musicians know them by name.

Boston brings its old favorites with new singer Tommy DeCarlo
Friday, July 18, 2014

By Adrian Gomez
Albuquerque Journal

Boston's success goes back to the 1970s and '80s.

It is known for its hit singles "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Smokin'," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda."

The band has sold more than 31 million albums in the United States alone and has amassed fans worldwide.

So it would be crazy to think that joining the band would be intimidating, right? Tommy DeCarlo got a chance to join the band in 2007, after original lead singer Brad Delp committed suicide.

Boston's performance evokes more than a feeling from enthusiastic fans
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By Scott Mervis
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Even as Tommy DeCarlo was singing "Don't Look Back," that's exactly what Boston was doing.

What else is a '70s band to do?

The group could have gone heavy on the latest album, its first in 11 years, but that would have been the quickest way to lose the crowd Tuesday night at Stage AE. Boston offered the title track from "Life, Love and Hope" and the instrumental "Last Day of School" in a crowd-pleasing set that clung to the classic material.

And can they ever play it. Under the helm of production/guitar whiz and noted perfectionist Tom Scholz, Boston reproduces its challenging studio material to the note. That requires a good deal of jaw-dropping synchronized guitar work between Mr. Scholz and Gary Pihl, who joined Boston in the mid-'80s after having worked with Sammy Hagar.

For Boston leader, it's very much a feeling
Thursday, July 10, 2014

By Scott Mervis
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The second Boston album, "Don't Look Back," followed two years behind the breakout 1976 debut.

Since then, things have been a little less on schedule. The band, led by legendary guitarist and tinkerer Tom Scholz, adopted more of an eight-year cycle, and the recent album, last year's "Life, Love & Hope," arrived after an 11-year gap.

This one was more painstaking than most, following the suicide of original singer Brad Delp in March 2007, which obviously threw the band's future into doubt. It regrouped the following spring, though, hitting the road with shared vocals by Michael Sweet of Stryper and newcomer Tommy DeCarlo, a Home Depot employee discovered via YouTube. The latter, a vocal ringer for Delp, has developed well beyond Mr. Scholz's expectations, and he has taken the reins of the veteran group on recent tours.

It's vocal by committee on "Life, Love & Hope" with Delp's earlier recording, and Mr. DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme, David Victor and even Mr. Scholz, for the first time, contributing. What stands out, however, more than any vocal disparity is a sound that time-warps back to the '70s with the same ramped-up guitar sound and processed effects.

Boston now returns with a slightly tweaked lineup, according to Mr. Scholz, who talked with us recently.

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