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Alive November 2016

David Victor of Rock Stars & Stripes A L I V E E A S T B A 30 Y n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 6 MICHAE L COP E LAND Walnut Creek native and Northgate High School alumni, David Victor, is a bona-fide “Rock Star” as a former member of the legendary rock band BOSTON. Yes, that BOSTON. The More Than a Feeling, Don’t Look Back, Piece of Mind and Amanda BOSTON who dominated the AM/FM air waves from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s and are still a staple on classic rock radio playlists. Today, David is still “rocking out,” but also giving back through rock music. David moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music after graduating from Cal State East Bay with a degree in Computer Science. After modest success with the band Velocity, David played with the BOSTON tribute band Smokin’ where he was discovered by BOSTON’s founding member, Tom Scholz. David spent five years with the band, and was the lead vocalist on their #1 classic-rock charting single Heaven on Earth from their 2014 album, Life, Love & Hope. I caught up with him recently at Side Board in Danville to talk his BOSTON experience, and to hear more about Rock Stars & Stripes. Mike Copeland: What was it like playing with BOSTON? Did you do a big tour of large venues? David Victor: I joined BOSTON in late 2009, and we did a couple of North American tours with the band in 2012 and 2014. We rehearsed in north Boston for several weeks before I did my first show in Hollywood, Florida in 2012. Rehearsing with the whole band was a trip. The lineup was not settled. I thought they were going to ship me out the first day. But I stuck around. One of my vivid memories was working with Tom Scholz who wrote Peace of Mind, my favorite BOSTON song ever. Of course, I learned way more than I ever could possibly have given back, most importantly exactly how the guitar parts went from the guy who wrote them! The two tours I did were amazing, but the Boston Strong show was especially moving, because some of the survivors got up to talk about their recoveries, and it was very personal and a huge event.


Alive November 2016
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