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An Interview with Boston’s Gary Pihl

April 9th, 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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Heaven on Tour: Designing For Boston

The summer shed season brings out a wide variety of acts, which this year includes Boston’s Heaven on Earth Tour. “Over the years, Boston’s designs have included a lot of the latest technology that was available at the time,” notes Mark Fetto, chief operating officer of Morpheus Lights, the tour’s lighting vendor.

This year, Boston is mixing its old hits with new material, a balance that is reflected in the lighting rig. “The rig is half old-school—that’s why I kept the PAR cans—and half new, with the hip moving light stuff,” explains the band’s longtime lighting designer, Gregg Maltby.

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It's a Wonderful Life

By Tom Scholz January 2015

We hope everyone has survived the holidays and is looking forward to this year as much as we are. 2014 was a good year for BOSTON and we are already getting excited about plans for 2015. We want to thank all our fans for the amazing response to our tour last summer; we had an awesome time thanks to the incredible support you all gave to us. And even more important, we raised a lot of money for worthy charities that protect lives both human and non human, including the Sea Shepherds, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and numerous other animal protection and hunger relief programs.

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THAT WAS AWESOME!

By Tom Scholz - October 2014

Just got home from our amazing 68-show 2014 BOSTON summer tour. The trip opened with a sold out performance at the beautiful Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, and ended four months later with two sold out shows at Tokyo's iconic Budokan in Japan.

This was simply the most amazing BOSTON tour I have ever experienced - the best live performances by the band in our history, the best sound, amazing lights from our LD Gregg Maltby, exciting venues, wide screen panoramic videos, and of course most important of all, the best and most enthusiastic fans ever!

Behind the scenes the musicians and crew members worked very hard to pull off the performances and fine-tune the sound every night, but once on stage, we had as much fun at the shows as the audience did. The players and technicians with BOSTON made the show look effortless, but trust me, it's a lot harder than they made it look! As I took the stage for the last show in Tokyo with Gary, Tommy, Tracy, Kimberley and Jeff, I realized how lucky I was to be surrounded by people who are both friends and such excellent players, performing with all this equipment so expertly assembled and operated night after night. As icing on the cake, near the end of the night Siobhan Magnus [American Idol season 9 finalist] took the stage and nailed the lead vocal for "Walk On." Even after a difficult day traveling and scrambling to get ready for a show, stepping onto the stage with these exceptional performers to play for the best fans in the world was an incredible rush - the day's problems were instantly erased and life was very good!

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