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July 3, 2014

Boston ready to come alive at Artpark

Night & Day — They were “just another band out of Boston on the road trying to make ends meet” in the 1970s when they released what is arguably the greatest debut album of all time. Boston, a city that is known for its resilience, is a fitting name for a rock band that has overcome so many challenges.

Boston comes to Artpark Tuesday night for a sold-out show, just a few months after their latest album, “Life, Love & Hope” hit the shelves. Boston’s mastermind, guitarist/inventor extraordinaire Tom Scholz will undoubtedly dazzle Artpark fans, along with the current lineup, which has been touted as the group’s best sounding group. Pull up a few current YouTube videos of the band and you will quickly understand why.

While Boston has always been known for achieving sonic perfection on the recording studio with songs like “More Than a Feeling,” and “Don’t Look Back,” they have been able to successfully replicate their trademark sound in a live setting.

Much of the credit goes to the longtime pairing of Scholz and guitarist Gary Pihl, who officially joined the band around the time they released “Third Stage.”

“I first started doing shows with Boston as part of the opening act, in 1977 with Sammy Hagar’s band. Their manager knew our manager and we opened for them on the last few shows of their first tour. They liked us so much they asked us to open for the entire second tour. We toured with them for nine months and got to know them very well,” Pihl recalled during a recent phone interview.

Fast forward to 1985, and Sammy Hagar gets the call to join Van Halen, and as Gary joked “we couldn’t go on as the Sammy Hagar band without Sammy Hagar.”

Pihl’s last date with Hagar was on Sept. 22, 1985, at the first Farm Aid, after which Pihl flew out to Massachusetts’s to help Scholz finish “Third Stage.” It was not long afterward he was asked to join Boston as a full-time member.

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