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“I wasn’t out of work one day, how lucky can you get?”
The “Third Stage” tour began in 1987, but it did not start as planned.
“We were putting the tour together and we had lots of technical problems. We were using brand new equipment built at Scholz Research & Development, alias Rockman, and the crew guys were completely unfamiliar with the gear we were using to create the sounds we needed.” Pihl said.
They canceled the first three shows of the tour, and the fifth date scheduled was at Texas Jam in front of 80,000 people at the Cotton Bowl. The band wanted to have at least one warm up gig before playing in Texas, and their first date wound up taking place in Rochester on June 14, 1987, a show I will never forget, nor will Pihl, since it was his first with Boston.”
“Halfway through the set I looked over at my guitar tech and smiled because it was all working. It was a very emotional night for all of us. The audience was so loud we couldn’t hear our instruments very well.”
Fast forward to 2014, Boston has an excellent new album out and, they continue to perform for large, appreciative crowds.
“This is the best sounding group we have ever put out. The musicianship is incredible. All seven of us sing, it’s a special sound. People say it’s like the records on steroids. Also, the camaraderie onstage is great, we all get along well and have a great time onstage and we get that back from the audience.”
Or, to paraphrase Tom Scholz’ s “Rock & Roll Band,” when Boston gets up on stage and gets ready to play, people come alive.
Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.