Tuesday, November 21: Tig’s Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today (Nov. 21) to guitarist Gary Pihl of Boston. He's 67. Also celebrating is bassist Alex James from the band Blur (49).
Guitarist Gary Pihl was playing in Sammy Hagar's band when they opened for Boston on the band's first tour in 1977. Pihl met guitarist Tom Scholz on the tour, and he would eventually join the band Boston a few years later. He's been with the band since the release of the album Third Stage in 1986.
Boston formed in 1976 and had a string of hit singles throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. Hits include “More than a Feeling”, “Piece of Mind”, “Rock and Roll Band”, “Foreplay/Longtime”, “Smokin'”, “Don’t Look Back”, and “Amanda”. Their self-titled debut album is one of the best-selling debut albums of all time in the U.S. with over 17 million copies sold. The band has released six studio albums. Boston’s current lineup consists of Tom Scholz on lead guitar, Gary Pihl on rhythm guitar and keyboards, Tommy DeCarlo on lead vocals, Tracy Ferry on bass, and Curly Smith on drums. Boston celebrated their 40th anniversary with a tour last year.
For more info on Boston, check out the band’s official website here.