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Lemme Get an Encore: The Beach Boys

on April 17, 2012, 12:01am
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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.

-Michael Roffman

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April 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

ok- please let me wonder is a “go to the bathroom song” in the concert…but Brian loves it. Brian is also quoted as saying that little girl i once knew is in. he doesn’t want smile stuff but mike talked him into heroes in villians. i would like to hear a solo Brian song w/ the Beach boys. Marcella would be cool also. sorry guys do want to hear little duece coupe either. be interesting to see if there are any special Carl/Dennis remeberence moments…..hope they open w/ do it again instead of california girls. 

Sean B.
April 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Kiss Me Baby, I Can Hear Music, The Little Girl I Once Knew, California Saga, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Trader, Darlin, South Bay Surfer, A Day in the Life of A Tree, Brian’s Back (beautiful song from the Harmony CD), and many more. Hope to see other family members joining in, such as Mike Love’s sons, Brian’s daughters, and Al Jardine’s sons.
They’re all good singers. America’s band is back and touring!

Andy Morgan
April 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

I’m definitely looking most forward to Cabinessence.  I’m doubting it’s appearance, but have my fingers crossed.
They should bring in Phish for this vocal jam.

Domenic Priore
April 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I would like more than anything to hear Cabin Essence, with that great tag sung by Mike Love, with all the soul and conviction he sings it with on the record.  I think that would mean a great deal to all the fans.

April 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I think he’d be singing about a crow, and EATING some crow on that one!

April 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

They have so many forgotten gems, I’ll throw out “Trader” and “Long Promised Road”


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