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Pop Quiz: What do The Beach Boys and Dodger Stadium Have In Common?

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In the course of the three years I've been shooting my mouth off here, I've done at least 3 columns that have featured The Beach Boys, and mentioned them in countless other postings. Do I like 60's pop? Obviously. And one can't really like 60's pop without liking The Beach Boys.

And that's what makes this year unique. Few other bands are out there after 50 years that are still toruing. And sounding so good. For those of you who are too darn young, this was the start of it all.....

....released in July of 1962, with this so-so B side.....

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....and, as they say, the rest is history. I'm not going to go through the band's history for 2 reasons. First, everyone knows about the lawsuits, Brian's meltdown, the passing of Carl and Dennis Wilson, the band's collapse into a nostalgia act and so on. Also, there isn't enough bandwidth out there to do the group justice.

We should have our heads examined, trying to do some of these songs after 50 years" Mike Love

So, to make a long story short, the guys went back into the studio earlier this year. But what makes the whole thing unique is that for the first time in 20 years, all the surviving members, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson and Dave Marks....along with Bruce Johnson, who joined the band in 1965, were together. In one room. And didn't kill each other. And sounded great. An example would be this re-recording of 1967's "Do It Again", originally off the "20/20" lp.

And, they've got a new CD coming. All originals, penned by Mike Love and Brian Wislon. If the title track is any guide to what the CD will sound like, it's gonna be pretty good.

AND, they're touring. All 4+1 of them. That's where the Dodger Stadium thing comes in. Face it, The Beach Boys are a L.A. group, and Dodger Stadium, an L.A. institution in it's own right, also turns 50 years old this year, so there they were, opening day....

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Reports from the opening shows of the tour have been good. The guys are in pretty good voice, considering 3 of them are 69 and one of them (Mike) is 70. I haven't seen real good quality videos for the tour, but from what I've seen and read, they put on a good show, and with most of Brian Wilson's crack back up band, The Wondermints providing backup, musically they're solid. And complete. The set list is running to 40+ songs, covering all eras of the band, although I wish they had Blondie Chaplin with them to sing "Sail On Sailor".

If you want to see the guys in probably what will be their final tour with all the living original members, they'll be at Chatear Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville July 13th. Tickets are $70 general, $125 reserved, plus Ticketmater rip-off fees.

A brief editorial comment

I mentioned The Beach Boys ne single in the above post. I can guarentee you nobody will play it. Current radio won't touch it, it's not hip. Oldies radio won't touch it, it's not old. Maybe KOZI will spin it because it's good, but one of the problems with oldies and classic rock stations is when a "classic" artist puts out new material, they won't touch it, even if it's good quality. Meatloaf's touring a new LP this summer. I wouldn't come close to buying it....it's not worth the material the CD is made of, but I can understand why Tom Petty released this....

in 2002. When your core artist does something new that's of quality, PLAY IT! End of rant.