By Eloise Marie Valadez
The Times of Northwest Indiana

It'll be a bit like a homecoming celebration for Gary Pihl when Boston brings its show to The Venue at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino next week.

Pihl, a native of Illinois, who formerly lived in the Chicago suburbs Park Forest, Mt. Prospect and Park Ridge, said he's looking forward to rolling out the hits for region music fans during the Boston concert 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at The Venue.

"The shows have been terrific," he said, of the summer tour. "We've been having a great time."

By Nathan Taylor
Orillia Packet & Times

If you get a chance to see Boston live, take advantage of it. The opportunity doesn't around often.

But if you were planning to catch the Boston, Mass.-based classic rockers at Casino Rama Thursday night, you're out of luck. The show is sold out.

"People are hungry to hear it," said David Victor, guitarist, vocalist and newest member of the band, which has sold millions of albums and penned such hits as More Than A Feeling, Foreplay/Long Time, Smokin', and Amanda.

The experience has been a thrill for Victor, who was "one of those YouTube pickups."

By Dale Carruthers
The London Free Press

Boston guitarist Gary Pihl has never been to London, but he has more than a feeling he's going to love playing at Harris Park Saturday.

The 61-year-old musician and his American rock band are headlining the closing night of the three-day Rock the Park festival in London.

While Boston has played hundreds of sold-out stadium shows, Pihl says there's something "special" about playing under the stars on a summer night.

"Outdoor (shows) have a certain magic to them," Pihl said. "There's definitely something special about it. The sound travels further, it just keeps on going."

Brad Delp's voice defined the band Boston; his suicide left a void for bitterness and lawsuits to fill

By Geoff Edgers
Boston Globe

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In his basement, the gawky engineer fresh out of MIT painstakingly recorded layers of guitars, keyboards, and bass until he got it right. But it wasn't until Tom Scholz, the stubborn perfectionist, met Brad Delp, the dark, complicated singer with the soaring voice, that those basement demos came alive.

They became Boston, a band that dominated the FM airwaves through the 1970s with hits such as "More Than A Feeling" and "Don't Look Back." Boston's 1976 debut remains, at 17 million copies, the second biggest-selling in US rock history. It launched Scholz, Delp, and the band's three other members into a world of sold-out arenas from California to Copenhagen.

The sensation of their rise was matched by the bitterness of the breakup of the original five members, who last performed together in 1979. Scholz and the three other musicians, later cast from the band, have battled in the press, courts, and Internet ever since. And no part of the feud has been as ugly as the latest: the fight over who or what caused Brad Delp, the man in the middle, to take his life in 2007.

By Kelly Hagen
Great Plains Examiner

Every musician starts off as a fan.

You grow up, listening to your favorite band, the same songs over and over again. You sing along, memorizing every word, pantomiming the notes on your air guitar, every beat on air drums. You picture yourself up on stage with your heroes. And, if you're dedicated and lucky enough, some day you get to the stage with your own band.

Or, you know, maybe you just end up joining the same band you grew up idolizing. That happens, too.

It happened for Tommy DeCarlo, the new lead singer of the legendary rock band, Boston.

When Boston takes the stage at the Bismarck Civic Center on Aug. 6, the legendary musicians will be backing up a lifelong fan who went from a job as a credit manager for Home Depot in Charlotte, N.C., to singer of his favorite rock band.

By M.B. Tuccio
Connecticut Post

In the past 40 years, pop culture, media and music have surely changed a lot. Yet, some things transcend these changes. Consider the music of Boston.

Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists.

Boston's best-known works include hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind" and "Amanda." Though there was no real Amanda who inspired the tune, many couples picked the name for their daughters.

Band members know it's true because of all the Amandas who come up after concerts and say that's just what their parents told them.

Boston will appear in concert at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Friday, July 20.

Scholz will be performing along with Gary Pihl on lead guitar; Tommy DeCarlo on vocals, percussion and keyboards; David Victor on vocals and guitar; Tracy Ferrie on bass guitar; and Curly Smith on drums.

By Luke Hendry
Belleville Intelligencer

Gary Pihl is a man of opposites.

He's a guitarist and singer in Boston, part of July's Empire Rockfest concert series.

But Pihl (pronounced "peel") is hardly a stereotypical rock star.

He got a steady gig because he didn't do drugs, while his work in Boston led to a steady 9-to-5 company job.

Oh, and he's been married only once — to his highschool sweetheart.

On the phone from a Florida hotel room, Pihl doesn't sound road-weary, jaded or cocky. In fact, he sounds pretty average — and very content. And there's a reason.

By Howard Cohen
The Miami Herald

Boston guitarist/keyboardist Gary Pihl remembers the first time he heard that distinctive, orchestral guitar sound the classic rock band pioneered.

"I was driving down the street, and More Than a Feeling came on and I'm sitting there at a stoplight listening to it," Pihl, 61, recalls. A car pulls up next to his. "It happened to be a guy I knew. My buddy jumped out and said, ‘Are you listening to this?' This is the greatest stuff ever."

Soon almost everyone would dig that first Boston album. More Than a Feeling, Long Time and Peace of Mind were the official Top 40 singles, but all eight songs on the record came to define classic rock radio and, at more than 17 million sold domestically, Boston remains one of the best selling debuts.

Founder Tom Scholz first crafted the group's soaring sound in a basement in his Boston home in the early 1970s after graduating from MIT, years before the 1976 release of his landmark Boston album.

By Joe Dwinell
Boston Herald

A close friend of Boston lead singer Brad Delp is slamming a Boston Globe story covering band founder Tom Scholz's allegation that the reason that Delp took his life in March 2007 was because he was ashamed at having placed a hidden camera in her bedroom.

Meg Sullivan issued a statement that the Globe ignored evidence in court records that Delp had already told his fiancee about the incident, for which she had forgiven him, evidence that he was already actively planning to take his life before that incident, and the testimony of friends that Delp's mental state had been worn down just before his suicide by his fear of Scholz and his desire to get out of the band before an upcoming tour.

The Globe's Sunday story followed Herald reporting on the testimony of about 20 of Brad's closest friends during the pretrial phase of the defamation lawsuit that Scholz filed against the Herald. According to their testimony, Delp told them in the weeks before he took his life that Scholz was a "bully" who made Delp feel like "an abused dog," and that he desperately wanted to sever his relationship with Scholz but was afraid that if he did Scholz would sue him.

By Joe Dwinell
Boston Herald

The Boston Globe reporter who penned a Sunday story about rocker Tom Scholz's lawsuit against the Herald had previously gone on television and seemingly endorsed Scholz's claims in the civil action against the Globe's rival -- and admitted he was wrong to do so.

Scholz alleges that the Herald defamed him in articles published in March 2007 by purportedly "implying" that he was responsible for Boston lead singer Brad Delp's decision to take his life, a claim that the Herald denies. In February 2011, Globe reporter Geoff Edgers covered Scholz's earlier allegation that problems in Delp's relationship with his girlfriend in 2006, months before they reconciled and became engaged to be married, caused Delp to take his life the following year.

During a February 2011 television appearance to promote his article, Edgers seemed to endorse Scholz's claims against the Herald. "This guy is an extremely sensitive person," Edgers said about the rock star, who has been described by Rolling Stone as "a litigation machine." "I think he wants to be vindicated. I think he wants the public to know that he didn't cause this, that he's not to blame and I genuinely believe that he's hurt and in pain."