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Gary Pihl Reveals The Concept Behind Boston s Iconic Spaceship Album Covers

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March 21, 2014 - Los Angeles K-EARTH 101

Guitarist Gary Pihl, known for his work with Boston and Sammy Hagar, joined The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show today to talk about bringing Boston s  Heaven On Earth tour to the Forum this summer with special guests Cheap Trick!

Gary first got his start in music playing guitar in Sammy Hagar s band in the early  70s, which he remembers as some of his fondest memories in music.

 What you see is what you get. He is a fun-loving guy, always in a good mood and it was a pleasure working with him, because he was our cheerleader, Gary said of playing with Sammy.

It was through Sammy that Gary first got hooked up with Boston later on because their manager oversaw both acts. They were added to open for Boston s first tour in 1977 and was later extended through their second tour, and that s where Gary met the founder of the band, Tom Scholz.

 In  85 when Sammy had left for Van Halen, I had kept in touch with Tom, and he said  oh too bad Sammy s leaving your band,  he explained, adding that Tom was  finishing up [Boston's]  Third Stage album& there s one more song to be recorded so he invited Gary to record with them.

After his last gig with Sammy, Gary flew directly over to record with Boston and he s  been there ever since.

Throughout their career, Boston s album covers have included an iconic image of a guitar-shaped spaceship bearing their name that is now just as synonymous to the band as their many hits. But where did the band get that idea for the spaceship logo in the first place?

 That was just an artist that had worked for Epic Records at the time. And Epic had a couple ideas for Boston, one for the first Boston album cover they sent to Tom was a pot of Boston baked beans, and then there was something called Boston cabbage, he laughed.  Then somebody sent this idea, the concept there was you see the earth exploding behind and all these cities are escaping& only you don t see the names on the other spaceships that are escaping the exploding earth, but you assume that it s Chicago and Atlanta and L.A& 

The spaceship theme proved to be a hit with fans from the start. The Boston spaceship has appeared on albums including Boston, Don t Look Back, Third Stage, Walk On and more. It also serves as the artwork for the band s upcoming Heaven On Earth tour poster.

 It was such an iconic thing and people seemed to love that concept that obviously we just kept it going, he added.

You can catch Boston flying into LA at the Forum on July 29th with special guest Cheap Trick. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 22nd at 10am on ticketmaster.com. You can also win tickets to the show from K-EARTH 101 when you enter online here.

Listen to our complete conversation with Gary Pihl!

BOSTON to tour in 2014!

Tom Scholz' band BOSTON will embark on a highly anticipated summer tour following the successful release of their latest album, Life, ebony porn Love & Hope. The tour will kick off on June 5 at the Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing, BOSTON will feature the personnel and music from their highly acclaimed 2012 tour with some exciting additions. The band prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the exceptional sound that is faithful to their studio recordings.

BOSTON burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Smokin'," rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, Don't Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, "Amanda." With over 31 million albums sold to date, their music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live BOSTON audiences that span generations.

Last December, BOSTON released their newest studio album, Life, Love & Hope on Frontiers Records. More than a decade in the making, Life, Love & Hope features 11 tracks embodying the classic and beloved BOSTON sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of Tom Scholz' musical artistry.

Scholz has been a longstanding advocate of the vegetarian lifestyle, and prevention of cruelty and suffering to animals both nonhuman and human. This summer, at selected concerts on the tour, there will be a promotional sale of the BOSTON CD, Greatest Hits. Every CD sold comes with a chance to win an Epiphone guitar signed by Tom Scholz. The winner from each show will be announced later that night. Net proceeds of the guitar contest will be split between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. "What greater legacy can you leave than because of you a species survived, because of you a habitat was protected," said Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder, Captain Paul Watson.

The Shriners operate a network of 22 Hospitals for Children specializing in orthopedic, cleft lip and palette, spinal cord injury and burn care regardless of the patients ability to pay.

SiriusXM will broadcast an exclusive special on the making of BOSTON's 6th studio album, Life, Love & Hope, to its listeners across North America this week.  BOSTON s Life, Love & Hope Album Track-By-Track Special with Tom Scholz and SiriusXM host Meg Griffin will air on SiriusXM s Classic Rewind channel on March 10 at 6pm ET, with replays scheduled throughout the week. In addition, SiriusXM's U.S. subscribers will have the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas to see BOSTON's concert at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For more information, visit www.siriusxm.com/classicrewind.

BOSTON is also offering a variety of VIP packages on their upcoming tour. Packages include premium tickets, pre-show party, exclusive merchandise & more. For more detail, visit www.Facebook.com/bandBOSTON.

For the latest confirmed tour dates, please visit the official website: www.BandBOSTON.com. To receive updated tour information and interact with BOSTON fans, please join our FaceBook page at www.Facebook.com/bandBOSTON.

BOSTON S "HEAVEN ON EARTH" HITS NO. 1 ON THE MEDIABASE CLASSIC ROCK CHART

Boston, MA (March 14, 2014)  Multiplatinum rock band BOSTON is conquering the radio airwaves as "Heaven on Earth," the lead single from Life, Love & Hope, captured the #1 spot on Mediabase s Classic Rock chart this week. Written and produced by Tom Scholz,  Heaven on Earth features David Victor on vocals with special guest Louis St. August. Additionally, Life, Love & Hope, released in the U.S. and Canada on December 3, 2013, debuted at #2 on Billboard s Top Independent Albums chart, as well as #5 on Billboard s Rock charts.

Scholz said, "Working for so many years in relative isolation, I had no idea how these songs would be received. It's amazing to see a BOSTON song at #1 again! I want to thank Frontiers Records, Azoff Music Management, and my wife Kim for believing in this record and for their extraordinary efforts. l'm also grateful to the many other performers and individuals who contributed to completing this album and making its release possible. All of us in BOSTON thank our fans for being so supportive over the years."

Boston Is Back: An In-Depth Conversation with Guitar Legend Tom Scholz

By Russell Hall |01.21.2014

Beginning with Boston s mega-selling 1976 self-titled debut, the pioneering guitarist has always insisted on creative autonomy, hunkering down in his basement studio, often for years, to craft the songs, sounds and arrangements that meet his exacting standards. Seemingly interminable gaps between albums have been common, but the musical riches on each Boston release have always been worth the wait.

Life, Love & Hope , Boston s first album in 11 years, offers perfect proof of that fact. Rife with Scholz s majestic guitar work distinguished by one of the most recognizable tones in rock the album hews close to the classic style that first put Boston on the map all those years ago. Roiled by the tragic death of lead singer Brad Delp in 2007, Scholz settled on a vocalist-by-committee approach for the disc, even stepping up to the microphone to sing one song himself. And, as always, he turned exclusively to his legendary  68 Les Pauls to produce those glorious guitar sounds.

 These are all songs from the heart, he says,  each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston's harshest critic, me. They have all been meticulously recorded to analog tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston's hits for the past 35 years.

Scholz spoke with us recently about the making of the album, his distinctive guitar sound, and why he regards the guitar as a  symphonic instrument. He also talked at length about the new Tom Scholz 1968 Les Paul signature guitar--#10 in Gibson s Collector's Choice"! series which he and Gibson worked together to produce last year.