The great Brian Wilson…
Who knew Brian played guitar?
Brian Wilson at the mic, ready to make more music!
Scott Bennett and Brian Wilson
Brian helps Scotty Bennett celebrate his Birthday
I assume this photo was taken Somewhere Near Japan…
The Beach Boys and popular Japanese group SMAP
Cousins: Mike Love and Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson and Mike Love during the last album sessions
Three cool cats: Bruce Johnston, Paul von Mertens, Brian Wilson
On the Bus: Bruce, Paul and Brian
Brian Wilson onstage in Barcelona, 23 July 2012
Brian and the ‘Boys featured on CBS Sunday Morning:
(CBS News) For at least two generations now, the musical sound track to summer fun has been provided by The Beach Boys. Their good vibrations have survived many a pop music trend, and they’ve even triumphed over some bad vibes among the band members themselves.
A few notes and you know immediately: It’s a sound as recognizable as any in rock history, the sound of The Beach Boys. In the Sixties, their California surf rock was music for an endless summer. Half a century later, it’s an indelible part of American culture. No American band has more Top 40 hits … and this summer the reunited group has hit the road to perform them.
How did they decide to get back together? “It’s the 50th anniversary of our group, so it makes a lot of sense, don’t you think?” said Mike Love. “It’s a remarkable milestone.” But the history of this band known for its harmonies has been anything but harmonious. For years, the three surviving original members - Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love - have each toured with their own bands.
Concert Review - The Beach Boys in Phoenix
They were a band. Take them for all in all. We shall not look upon their like again. With apologies to Shakespeare, watching The Beach Boys perform Saturday night, July 7, 2012 at the Grand Canyon University Arena, one felt as if they were witnessing history. Here was The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and the new kid who joined the band in 1965, Bruce Johnston, reunited on stage for the first time in decades for their current Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion tour. Historic? Yes. Epic? Yes. If they never do it again, they will have left on top.
Fifty years signifies gold and it was the gold standard that The Beach Boys hit. Whether the coincidence in numbers was planned or not, The Beach Boys played fifty songs over two hours and forty five minutes that covered their history from their first hit single “Surfin’” to their latest one “That’s Why God Made The Radio.”
Even with a fifty song set list, not everyone’s favorite song was covered. However, the song selection was a good cross section of what The Beach Boys have accomplished during the last fifty years. Sprinkled among the mega hits like “Surfer Girl,” and “Good Vibrations,” were lesser known songs such as “The Ballad of Ole’ Betsy” and “All This Is That.”
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