Legendary Beach Boys Ride a Wave of “Good Vibrations” for Pops Evening of Hits and “Fun, Fun, Fun”!
At the forefront of the Golden Age of rock ‘n’ roll, before The Beatles made their U.S. debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, there was The Beach Boys, scoring hit after hit. And now the quintessential surf band makes its most recent splash by bringing a sold-out evening of their best-loved songs to Pacific Symphony Pops! Having made their mark singing about “California Girls,” it seems especially appropriate that America’s most popular group throughout the 1960s plans a visit to Orange County. While The Beach Boys of today bear little physical resemblance to the five cherubic California kids who first hit it big decades ago, the music is a dead-ringer and takes the audience back to a time of innocence and fun with songs such as “God Only Knows,” “Don’t Worry Baby” and “You’re So Good to Me."
The angelic barbershop harmonies that define The Beach Boys remain intact and promise a special evening of entertainment that includes founding member Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards), as well as Jeffrey Foskett (guitar/vocals), Brian Eichenburger (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals), who round out the band.
The Beach Boys perform on both the first and second halves of the Symphony’s program, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $35-$169. For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or CLICK HERE.
“The Beach Boys were not an ordinary group when it came to melody, harmonies and instrumentation,” says Maestro Kaufman. “They took music to a whole new level with their innovative style...simple, yet in many ways extremely sophisticated. The Beach Boys were truly a new sound, and today that sounds remains as wonderful and exciting as ever."
The prototypical all-American boy band, The Beach Boys was founded in 1961, when it began rocking audiences, earning early popularity with the singles “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Surfer Girl” and “Be True to Your School.” With more hits in 1964 and ’65, including “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and “Barbara Ann,” The Beach Boys had formed the basis of a cultural phenomenon that has since transcended multiple generations and continued to bring joy to fans around the world. They have often been called “America’s Band,” and Allmusic has stated that their “unerring ability made them America’s first best rock band.”
“I’ve been blessed to conduct for many performers, including some wonderful groups, and without a doubt, there is something very special about The Beach Boys,” says Kaufman. “Their songs are memorable, the orchestra musicians love being part of The Beach Boys’ sound, and the audience basically goes crazy! Everyone has a great time, and it is the perfect way to escape the real world and have—as The Beach Boys would say—‘fun, fun, fun’!"
The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). They also have 56 Hot 100 hits, including four number-one singles. Rolling Stone listed them at No. 12 on their 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” “Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys” has achieved triple-Platinum sales status and their album, “The Smile Sessions,” has been heralded as 2011’s No. 1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world.