Summer gets an extension – Beach Boys to perform at Community Arts Center Sept. 27
The Beach Boys have birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions, and they continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut 50 years ago. Led by Mike Love, the band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Community Arts Center.
The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide. In 1974 Mike Love’s concept album “Endless Summer” ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.
Grammy Award-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, (Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs”), joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring.
Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.
Had this remarkable band been less committed to their art and their fans, they could have retired from the field with honor at dozens of points along the way, confident that they had made a lasting contribution to world culture.
They could have rested on the success of the epoch-shifting “Pet Sounds” masterpiece in 1966 … or after recording Love’s co-written Golden Globe nominated “Kokomo” in 1988 and seeing it become their best selling single ever … or after being inducted that same year into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame … or after watching their worldwide album sales blow past l00 million … or after winning the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 (along with The Who, Bob Marley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Les Paul). And still, The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight.
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.
Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”
On The Beach Boys’ near horizon is another national and world tour and continued charity activities through Mike Love’s Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives. Love and The Beach Boys’ recent efforts raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina and made additional contributions to the disaster relief in Haiti.
The band appeared on countless worldwide TV shows throughout the years including: “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand” and “The Tonight Show.” Recent television appearances include regular performances on Don Imus’ MSNBC show “Imus In The Morning,” TNT’s “NBA All-Star Game,” NBC’s Macy’s Day Parade, VH-1 Classic, “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “The Today Show,” PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth,” “Good Morning America,” “Weekend Today” and “The O’Reilly Factor.”
In addition to founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals andkeyboards), Christian Love (guitar and vocals), Randell Kirsch (bass and vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards and vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion and vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar and vocals) round out the band.
Tickets for a night with the Beach Boys can be purchased on the Community Arts Center’s website, www.caclive.com, by calling the Box Office at 570-326-2424 or 800-432-9382 or in person at 220 W. 4th St.