Posts Tagged ‘The Beach Boys’

LIVE: The Beach Boys @ SPAC, 6/23/12

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
The Beach Boys @ SPAC

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.”



Mike Love, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Mike Love (photo by Brian Peters)

Mike Love (photo by Brian Peters)

“As a matter of fact, the Kingston Trio was the first LP that I bought. Yeah, when I was in high school, they were a huge deal at the time. And that record was probably the motivating factor for me to buy a little six-string acoustic guitar also.

And that record led to us recording ‘Sloop John B’ about ten years later. Well, maybe eight years later.”

Mike Love and the rest of the surviving Beach Boys have reunited – yes, including Brian Wilson – and they’re bringing their 50th anniversary tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday (June 23). Reserved amphitheater tix are $35, $75 & $125; lawn general admission is $27.50.

Bruce Johnston, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Bruce Johnston, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Monday, June 18th, 2012
Bruce Johnston

The Beach Boys' Bruce Johnston

“Well, how about the first single? It was 1947 – ‘Manana’ by Peggy Lee. ‘The roof is always leaking/And the rain is pouring down. Manana, manana, manana is good enough for me.’ It’s like ‘Barbara Ann’ – very baby-ish.


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