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Published: 2012/04/25

The Beach Boys Open 50th Anniversary Tour, Perform Alongside Videos of Carl and Dennis Wilson

The Beach Boys kicked off their high-profile reunion tour last night at Tucson, AZ’s Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater. With the exception of a few promotional appearances and a spot at the Grammys in February, last night’s show was the first time Beach Boys co-founders Mike Love, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine have performed together since 1996. Wilson—who has only played live with The Beach Boys sporadically since the mid ‘60s—has toured as a solo act in recent years, and Jardine was forced out the band in early ’98.

In addition to members of Wilson’s current solo group and some of backing musicians from the most recent version of The Beach Boys, the tour also include classic Beach Boys Bruce Johnston nd David Marks. Johnston originally joined The Beach Boys as a touring member when Wilson stepped away from the road while Marks played guitar on the first four Beach Boys album when he was only 13. He also rejoined the group for a few years in 1997 to aid Carl Wilson, who was battling cancer.

As expected, last night’s setlist featured a number of Beach Boys hits and deeper cuts as well as the band’s new single “That’s Why God Made the Radio.” The group also ran through a few covers they have performed or recorded over the years, including The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreaming.” At two different points during the night, The Beach Boys also paid tribute to deceased members Dennis and Carl Wilson by performing alongside archival videos of the two signers’ signature numbers (“Forever” and “God Only Knows,” respectively).

The Beach Boys’ tour will move on to Grand Prairie, TX’s Verizon Theatre tomorrow,

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via

Tuesday, April 24, Tucson, AZ’, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater

Set I:

“Do It Again”
“Catch A Wave”
“Don’t Back Down”
“Surfin’ Safari”
“Surfer Girl”
“The Little Girl I Once Knew”
“Then He Kissed Me” (Phil Spector/The Crystals)
“This Whole World”
“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers)
“When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)”
“You’re So Good to Me”
“In Them Old Cottonfields Back Home”
“Be True to Your School”
“Disney Girls”
“Please Let Me Wonder”
“Don’t Worry Baby”
“Little Honda”
“Little Deuce Coupe”
“Shut Down”
“I Get Around”

Set II:
“Sloop John B”
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
“Sail On Sailor”
“Heroes and Villains”
“In My Room”
“All This Is That”
“God Only Knows”
“That’s Why God Made the Radio”
“California Dreaming” (The Mamas and the Papas)
“California Girls”
“Dance Dance Dance”
“All Summer Long”
“Help Me Rhonda”
“Rock and Roll Music” (Chuck Berry)
“Barbara Ann”
“Surfin’ U.S.A.”

“Good Vibrations”
“Fun Fun Fun”


There are 5 comments associated with this post

Will April 25, 2012, 16:58:00

Johnston. Bruce Johnston.

Doug April 25, 2012, 18:14:28

My mom’s friend Becky Lampman used to date Bruce Johnson & thanks to him The Beach Boys was my 1st of many ventures “backstage”.This was,bear in mind in,1982 when I was 13.They couldn’t have been nicer guys although my mom said Mike Love was “a little creepy”,but then my mom WAS a hottie!! Whatta SETLIST these guys did at their age.WoW!!.Would really like to see ‘em again after 30 years.

cy April 26, 2012, 18:35:48

Brian Wilson wrote some amazing music. The Beach Boys are super old and who knows how this whole thing sounds. BUT 2 sets, LONG Sets, (granted songs are 3 min each) is a lot of music for these 70s somethings to be rocking every night. Good for those guys, and cant wait to see them in Chicago

Shaun April 26, 2012, 19:28:47

Going out on a limb here, but I’m pretty sure “God” did NOT make the radio. I haven’t heard the song, but the title makes it sound like a blatant attempt to get some airplay, or possibly appeal to the Jesus freaks. I am sort of impressed at what a long show these guys are playing, though, as Cy said in the post above mine, they’re all really short songs (3 minutes is a lengthy jam for the Beach Boys). I’m also impressed that they’re playing a few bonafide “deep tracks” among the usual hits. Still, no one needs to hear “Kokomo” ever again. That song’s an insult to the truly good stuff, such as the Pet Sounds album, and songs like “Good Vibrations,” “Cottonfields,” and “Sail On Sailor.” And Mike Love is still an asshole.

Phil M. April 26, 2012, 20:18:29

If he is an asshole, he is a rich one with an incredible work ethic.

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