Beach Boys Pull Out All the Stops for Reunion Tour, Including Enlisting John Stamos

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The Beach Boys' latest reunion seems to be doing all the right things. Sadly, the group won't be surfing out to St. Louis.

When it comes to the ever-subjective exercise of ranking the greatest bands of all time, The Beatles tend to be the default number one. Number two varies: Some would pick an obvious choice like the Rolling Stones or Led Zepplin, while others would pick a less universally popular band with great influence such as the Kinks or the Who.

But a solid contender for the somewhat-coveted number two spot would be the Beach Boys, the bodacious band that composed some of the greatest music of any age. This is a group, after all, that wrote catchy tunes about surfing and the sheer essence of longing and love. And more importantly, the members were intensely impressive musicians that influenced countless bands throughout the years.

Since most of the Beach Boys' biggest hits came about in the 1960s and 1970s, it would be easy to assume that group's best days faded long ago. But the group has been playing shows in various incarnations for the past couple of decades, including a worldwide tour that kicked off last week in Arizona. Previously feuding band members managed to patch up any hard feelings to get together for the group's 50th anniversary.

For whatever reason, the band didn't include a date on its tour that comes through St. Louis or any part of Missouri. But if anybody from the region decides to travel to the band's concerts, here are a few things to know about the band's latest tour:

Brian's back: The return of Brian Wilson to the fold is probably the most notable aspect of this tour. Wilson, of course, became something of a recluse during part of the band's history, so much so that it inspired a fairly popular Barenaked Ladies song. He was part of the Beach Boys until the 1990s, when he went through an especially bitter split with group. While several members toured as the Beach Boys, Wilson released Smile to extensive commercial and critical success.

Since Wilson wrote or co-wrote some of the Beach Boys' biggest hits, his return gives the tour an aura of credibility that's arguably been missing since he embarked on a solo tour.

And so is everybody else: Since the early 2000s, the Beach Boys have effectively consisted of Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and a bunch of touring musicians. But other members of the band that were around in the 1960s - namely Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks - are returning for this reunion. Johnston, by the way, wrote Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs," which won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1977.

A full reunion of the original band is impossible, since both Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson are deceased.



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Kathy
Kathy

We did the same thing! so happy to see them live thanks to www.Ticketprocess.com! 

John Thomas
John Thomas

Stamos needs to go. He is not and never was a Beach Boy or even a professional musician. But he's buddies with Mike Love, who knows that he can bring in female fans and their money. I just hope he's not on the album. His presence represents a cynical, money-grabbing aspect of the BB's story that should not be celebrated. On the plus side they've put out a nice single, and they're even dressing halfway decently for perhaps the first time ever, except Bruce Johnston, who needs to get rid of his floppy grandma shorts.

La-Dee-Dah
La-Dee-Dah

Good article, but some of your information isn't completely accurate. Yes, Brian Wilson did do some separate music projects as did several other founding members, but through it all, the band never officially broke up...unlike say the Beatles!  Brian Wilson (as well as other founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine) still legally remained corporate members of the Beach Boys organization. In fact, both Brian Wilson and Mike Love continue sit on the board of directors of still active Brother Records. At least this tour will keep 'em out of the courtroom or at least we can hope LOL

Sue Dyer
Sue Dyer

Great post! I heard about The Beach Boys' latest reunion! Great to see them together! I asked my friend to buy Beach Boys Ticketsas i was a bit busy and he told me that i can book tickets from GoodSeatTicketsin 5 mins! Thanks GoodSeatTickets!

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