Skip to comments.Beach Boys Kick Off 50th Anniversary Tour in Tucson
Posted on 04/25/2012 12:27:22 PM PDT by curth
You could've guessed it was a Beach Boys show by the shirts the men in the audience wore: Collared, short-sleeved and oversized, with palm trees, hibiscus flowers and nautical gear printed on them.It wasn't until midway through the second set that Mike Love acknowledged what the people in the audience must've been thinking: "It's, uh, been a little while since we've all been on tour together."
This year, the Beach Boys turn 50. Until the Grammys this February, Brian Wilson hadn't been on stage with them since 1996. The tour kickoff last night at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater in Tucson was, in that sense, a milestone: not only a marker of their anniversary, but of a public reconciliation between Wilson and the band's other surviving original members: Al Jardine, Bruce Johnson, David Marks and Wilson's cousin, Mike Love.
It's not until a band like the Beach Boys runs through their hits back-to-back in rapid succession that you realize just how many hits they've had. Over the course of nearly two and a half hours, they played an astonishing 42 songs, many of them medley-style, with no banter in between. Amid the most familiar stuff "California Girls," "Surfin' Safari," "Good Vibrations" were a healthy number of deep cuts and covers, including "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and Phil Spector's "Then He Kissed Me," which wisely was rephrased as "Then I Kissed Her." There were also two uncanny video appearances by Carl and Dennis Wilson, both of whom died years ago. (Dennis "sang" "Forever," while Carl took on "God Only Knows) Halfway through the second set, something new showed up: A reflective midtempo ballad called "That's Why God Made the Radio" a moment that, like so much of the band's best music, elevated the adolescent to the divine.
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Was James Watt there?
The Nursing Home Boys.
“This year, the Beach Boys turn 50”
Uh, no.....they are no doubt well into their 70’s.
Still, it’s a golden anniversary. Rather than attend their concert, I’ll put on “Surfing USA” and switch the turntable to 16 2/3 rpm, should sound about the same.
Saw them in Louisville, KY in 1966. Still one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. The warm up band was the Sir Douglas Quintet.
Wow, they bring back so many good memories.
Actually, here’s the original “board shirt” they and many surfers wore in the early years, to keep warm after getting out of the water, and around the beaches in the evenings during parties and concerts.
Read their “history”, as “The Pendletones”. Interesting tidbit.
I love that they have signed up one of the Cowsills to play drums.
Line of the Day!
I’ve only been to one concert in my life, a John Denver show at the Cap Center in 1980. But I’ve always been a big Beach Boys fan. Then in 2004 we were at the Gulfstream Racetrack near Miami. The Beach Boys put on a free concert in the infield of the course, while a race was going on. They played my three favorite songs of all time: “Help Me Rhonda,” “Kokomo” and “Barbara Ann.” Made the $4 beers worth it. “The Nursing Home Boys.” LMAO.
...and we’ll have fun, fun, fun
‘till your daughter takes your dentures away....
This year, the Beach Boys turn 50
“Uh, no.....they are no doubt well into their 70s.”
Uh, yeah...the band turned 50 last year, per Wikipedia:
“The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California.”
A “lyric video” has been posted of their brand new song, That’s Why God Made The Radio” which features Brian Wilson on the lead vocal.
Can’t wait to hear the rest of the new album.
This news is givin me excitations
Thanks for the link!
Gee, they’re even older than I thought. I first heard “Surfin’ USA” early in 1963, I was 14 or so.
Tucson is the most appropriate place to kick off their 50th Anniversary Tour. Yep, right there on Tucson’s beach with the surf rolling in and the bikinis.
I saw them during that same period sans Brian Wilson.
They had an ‘extra” BB in the ‘group” - some studio musician they called Glen Campbell who played a mean lead guitar!
The presence of the “forgotten” Beach Boy, David Marks, would make this of interest to me.
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