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The Beach Boys
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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The Beach Boys have been sending out good vibrations to multiple generations of fans the world over for more than 50 years, selling over 100 million albums and becoming one of the most influential rock and pop acts to ever take the stage.
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.
The seeds of the Beach Boys were planted in 1958 when then-16-year-old Brian Wilson taught his brothers to sing harmonies to songs by popular vocal groups like the Four Freshmen. Love would sing with his cousins at family gatherings.
The Beach Boys formed in 1961. The title track to the band's 1962 debut album, "Surfin' Safari," reached No. 14 on the singles charts. The hits celebrating Southern California's surfing and car culture came in waves, including the No. 1 singles "I Get Around" and "Good Vibrations."
In 1966 the band expanded its sound and lyrical themes on famed album "Pet Sounds," which includes "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows" and "Sloop John B." "Pet Sounds," which incorporated symphonic arrangements, jazz and sound effects into the Beach Boys' fundamental sound, is regarded as one of the most influential albums in pop and rock history. It was ranked second on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the Top 500 Albums of All Time, behind only the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
The Beach Boys were more moderately successful in the '70s and '80s. Brian Wilson's mental illness reduced his involvement with the band, which also suffered from infighting, lawsuits and for a time, competing tours. They returned to the top of the charts in 1988 with "Kokomo," which was featured in the Tom Cruise film "Cocktail." All surviving members reunited briefly for a 50th anniversary tour in 2012.
In February, Love released the new single, "Pisces Brothers," about his longtime friend, the late Beatle George Harrison, and their shared devotion to transcendental meditation. "It's a special, sentimental, emotional song," Love said. "Pisces Brothers" is part of the Beach Boys' current setlist.
Over the course of their career, the Beach Boys have received countless awards and honors, and played to hundreds of millions of people. On one day alone — July 4, 1985 — they performed in front of nearly 2 million fans at shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.