Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016
Thought you knew everything about The Beach Boys, who have been part of the American musical experience for more than 50 years? Did you know that The Beach Boys’ performance in Reynolds Hall on April 30 marks the first time in more than 50 years they have performed a Las Vegas public concert in a non-casino venue?
That is something that Mike Love, lead singer and a founding member of The Beach Boys, is anticipating with relish. “It’s special, because we’re going to Reynolds Hall. We are so thrilled to be able to come and perform there, because that’s my favorite kind of venue to play, a beautiful sounding, beautiful looking facility that everybody can see and hear and be comfortable.”
Love wrote the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first song, “Surfin’,” released in 1961. He then co-authored eleven Top 10 singles in five years with cousin Brian Wilson, a string of hits including “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations.” This year, the Beach Boys are marking the 50th Anniversary of “Good Vibrations” and “Barbara Ann.”
Love and Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston currently lead The Beach Boys, who, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the legacy of the iconic American band.
The peripatetic Love explains why he’s still performing and keeping the music alive after all these years: “I like live performances because I see what kind of response our music gets from all generations. You’ll see children with their parents and their grandparents coming to The Beach Boys show.”
Love says The Beach Boys concert at Reynolds Hall will include an intermission, because you can’t just play the soundtrack of a generation in an hour. One hour or two, it will be Fun, Fun, Fun!
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