Gary Pihl may not be a household name but to everyone familiar with Classic Rock his contributions to two of the most successful bands from the 70’s stands as a testament to his versatility and reliability and should not be overlooked. He started out in 1969 playing in a few bands in the San Francisco bay area before getting his big break by signing on to be the second guitarist in Sammy Hagar’s band, a gig he probably never thought he’d get as Sammy had already passed him over a few times prior. He ended up staying with Hagar for 8 years, his style perfectly complimenting Sammy’s, pushing his boss and the band into becoming one of the tightest working units right up until the early 80’s. This would all end suddenly in 1985 when Sammy announced that he was about to become the new lead singer of Van Halen. What could have been seen as a negative situation turned instantly positive as Boston leader Tom Scholtz immediately enlisted Gary’s help to assist in the completion of the Third Stage album. The album would eventually go to number one and Gary suddenly found himself with a new passion, one that has lasted 17 years. Boston released Corporate America in 2002 and followed that up with a year’s heavy dose of touring. They are back on the road again this summer and have hinted that there may be a few surprises in the not so distant future. Ryan Sparks, June 2004
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Kimberley Dahme is a hard-workin’ musician from Nashville who up until a few years ago split her time between playing in bands and selling songs. She accidentally became a member of the band Boston a few years ago, bringing a whole new attitude and stage presence to the band (she is much better looking that Tom and Brad in my opinion as well). She has dug right in and handles bass duties and anything else her boss throws her way. Kimberley will be making the rounds across the USA this year with Boston. And while she still has to pinch herself to see if she is dreaming she can trust that this is for real. In fact, Boston is out with a vengeance and the rumor is there is more new music and possible a live DVD to come. She is a mommy as well and while the road can make it hard to be away from her family she has music in her veins and rock n’ roll in her blood. I sat down with Kimberley and discussed how she came to be in the little band out of Boston and what her new life is like. Jeb Wright, June 2004
eb: My first thought is this: There is girl in the band Boston! Kimberley Dahme: That is a normal reaction; I even had it. Jeb: How did you get in Boston? Kimberley: I was in the right place at the right time. I was playing in another band and Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl were out looking for a new drummer for Boston. They happened to see me onstage. I was playing electric guitar and singing in that band. Tom approached me after the show and asked me if I could play bass. I told him that I could learn. I immediately went back to Nashville and bought a bass and called their offices and begged for an audition. I ended up getting the part. I went into deep rehearsal mode for a year. The concerts come as second nature now but they took a great deal of wood-shedding at the beginning. Jeb: Did you have any idea that Tom was in the audience that night? Kimberley: I did. I am a huge Boston fan. It was funny because as they approached me, Tom introduced himself and I told him, “I know who you are. I hate to tell you but you are kind of famous.” I am a huge fan of his music. You can’t get better than Boston and Tom and Brad Delp. I am very honored to be a part of this band.
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