Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
A recent profile in Rolling Stone magazine captured the Beach Boys in characteristic disagreement over the song choices for their 50th anniversary reunion tour, which came to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Saturday night along with a sea of Hawaiian shirts, white haired fans and gravity-defying beach balls.
Reliving an argument that’s lasted for decades, de facto frontman Mike Love — who licenses the Beach Boys name to tour with his own band most of the year — argued for sticking to the hits, primarily the teenage surf numbers that fans all know and want to hear. Meanwhile, Beach Boys musical mastermind Brian Wilson begged for a few obscurities, like the gospel-tinged “Add Some Music to Your Day” from 1970’s “Sunflower.”