Friday, December 16, 2011

Beach Boys 50 Year Reunion

I see the remaining members of the Beach Boys will be reuniting for a tour and are already recording an album. The line-up: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnson.

Brian and Mike ARE the heart and soul of the band. Like John and Paul. A 'reunion' without those two isn't a true reunion. Although, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnson are HUGE talents. I don't know enough about David Marks to comment, but he is an 'original' member and was on the first few albums and I assume he must have some talent as a singer/guitar player or Brian would not have kept him around for long.

I've written about the Beach Boys here before, and I think they are not only one of the greatest bands, but really important. The Beach Boys did what few musicians do. They changed things. Like Elvis, The Beatles, Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, The Sex Pistols, Ramones and Nirvana (and there are others), they upped the ante.

And their story and history is so damn interesting. Like the Beatles, it has a huge cast with all the ingredients: Heroes and villains, beautiful women, triumph and tragedy, death and madness, drugs and enlightenment, money and success...and unlike the Beatles, they also were 'real' family.

I'm looking forward to this reunion. Good or bad, it will be fun and exciting to see them together again.

Fifty years. Man, I feel old.


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