In less than a week, The Beach Boys – read: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks – will embark on their 50th anniversary tour, which includes a highly-anticipated headlining performance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival next weekend. Now, based on recent Beach Boys gigs, those featuring only Love, Johnston, and on occasional “lucky” dates, John Stamos, the band tends to knock out close to 40 songs each night (mostly because their hits span two to three minutes in length). But, with Wilson, Jardine, and even Marks in the picture, one has to start speculating what they’ll play and if they’ll even dig deep into their back catalogue.
“We have to make sure we have a great flowing song list but also make sure we don’t sound like a greatest-hits band,” Johnston told The Los Angeles Times back in February. “We have a lot to balance.” True, but there’s also a lot of opportunity. Given the band’s tumultuous years throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, this 50th Anniversary Tour really opens the door to hear some of the later material that either went unnoticed or never had a chance to be performed by the full band. Also, considering last year’s achingly long-awaited release of The Smile Sessions, there are a lot of unspoken goldies to consider. With that in mind, it’s anyone’s guess what will actually end up in these sets.
But, hey, it doesn’t hurt to make some suggestions.