Posted in music on May 9, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

"Saw the beach boys tonight @ the beacon. Wow 50 years and still going strong. Brian wilson,#legend. Uncle Jessie was on the drums.#Fullhouse" - Dan Abramowitz

Beach Boys at Beacon Theater 5/8/12 (via Andrew Kirell)
Beach Boys Beacon Theater

The Beach Boys, who played Fallon on Monday (5/7), played their first of two Beacon Theater shows last night (5/8) on their 50th Anniversary tour, the first full tour with Brian Wilson on board for a very long time. The set appropriately kicked off with "Do It Again," off 1969's 20/20, before going into a set of their early '60s material including "Surfer Girl," "Don't Back Down," "Wendy," "I Get Around," and a few others.

After a short break, the band returned for a second set which kicked off with a cover of The Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'" and went on to include a handful of cuts from Pet Sounds and others from their late '60s/early '70s period. John Stamos, who sat in on drums for part of the first set (some, like the NYTimes, may say that he overstayed his welcome), sang lead vocals on the Dennis Wilson-written/sung classic "Forever," off 1970's Sunflower. In addition to Pet Sounds cuts like "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," the band played Smiley Smile opener "Heroes and Villains," Holland opener "Sail on, Sailor" and a few more earlier ones like the classic Summer Days singles, "California Girls" and "Help Me, Rhonda," and one of Brian's earliest foreshadowing moments of the personal material he would eventually become known and loved for, "In My Room." The band returned for an encore, which included "Kokomo," "Good Vibrations," and "Fun, Fun, Fun." Some videos and setlist from the show below.

One of the tracks in the Beach Boys' second set was their new single, "That's why God Made the Radio," off the upcoming album of the same name. Its echoing drums and big sax lines make the track reminiscent of something off Holland, with carefree lyrics that bring to mind the band's earlier material. Check out the lyric video for the song below.

The Beach Boys "Do It Again" at Beacon Theater tonight (5/9) and have other upcoming NYC-area shows at Westchester County Center on 5/15, Jones Beach on 6/24, and PNC Banks Arts Center on 6/27.

Video and setlist from last night's show below...

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The Beach Boys - "That's Why God Made the Radio"

The Beach Boys - "Heroes and Villains" at Beacon Theater 5/8/12

The Beach Boys - "Forever" at Beacon Theater 5/8/12

The Beach Boys - "Then I Kissed Her" at Beacon Theater 5/8/12

The Beach Boys - "Be True To Your School" at Beacon Theater 5/8/12

Beach Boys - Beacon Theater 5/8/12 Setlist: (via)
First Set
Do It Again
Catch a Wave
Hawaii
Don't Back Down
Surfin' Safari
Surfer Girl
Please Let Me Wonder
You're So Good to Me
Wendy
Then I Kissed Her
The Little Girl I Once Knew
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Cotton Fields (Lead Belly cover)
Disney Girls
Don't Worry Baby
Little Honda
Be True to Your School
Little Deuce Coupe
409
Shut Down
I Get Around

Second Set
California Dreamin' (The Mamas & the Papas cover)
Sloop John B
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Forever
Sail on, Sailor
Heroes and Villains
In My Room
All This Is That
This Whole World
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
God Only Knows
That's Why God Made the Radio
California Girls
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)
Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
Barbara Ann (The Regents cover)
Surfin' USA

Encore:
Kokomo
Good Vibrations
Fun, Fun, Fun

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Comments (52)

should i get into these guys

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:17 PM

str8 hitz

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:18 PM

i know most of their songs barely hit the 2 minute mark... but, damn, that's quite a set!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:22 PM

44 Songs. All the hits, some nice deep cuts. This is how you do a show. Not 13 songs at Radio City...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:23 PM

STAMOS

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:23 PM

Monster setlist.

God Only Knows has to be the sweetest song ever written.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:23 PM

I can't believe they took the stage so soon after MCA's death. No respect- just like the Who did when Enthwistle died in that hotel room with the hookers & blow.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:24 PM

Stamos indeed.

That 2nd set is pure gold.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:26 PM

ALL THIS IS THAT!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:28 PM

Only complaint: They could do another one or two cuts from Smile. It would be appropriate since the Smile Sessions just came out.

And Stamos must go.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:33 PM

Kokomo

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:35 PM

Brian toured with them in 1977-saw them at Capital Centre, Landover, MD, smoking cigarette after cigarette sitting at the grand piano-

Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:36 PM

set would be perfect if they played Surf's Up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:38 PM

they should've played I Know There's an Answer

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:43 PM

Two strikes about this tour - John Stamos and Mike Love (not the musician side, but his past history of lawsuits against Brian.)

Brian Wilson is an absolute genius. I am super amped about tonight's show. Killer set list - hopefully will mix it up a bit!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:46 PM

@423

Exactly.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:46 PM

More Smile, less Stamos

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:46 PM

Brian has played a number of tours since 1964, including the 76-77 period and 84-85 period.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:48 PM

What time did they go on last night?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:48 PM

From the NY Times review:

"Meanwhile John Stamos, the actor, who introduced the band, grew intrusive in return visits to the stage, sitting in on drums and clowning on guitar."

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:50 PM

Brian Wilson doing Karaoke to his own songs...look at the video for "heroes and villains"...he's watching the screen in fornt of him

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:53 PM

setlist pls

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:59 PM

favorite band of all time and John Stamos will never be a fucking beach boy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 5:07 PM

'Brian has played a number of tours since 1964, including the 76-77 period and 84-85 period. '

yes, but was he on the whole tour in those years, or just a few shows here and there?

His attendance record on stage was very spotty after 1965.

This might be the first full tour since then that he's on every night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 5:24 PM

They went on around 8:15 last night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 5:26 PM

Should have cut out the fluff, and cut the setlist down to 25 choice cuts. People basically want to hear Endless Summer front to back, and come out in the striped shirts. Anything else is egotism.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 5:34 PM

Needs more Smile/Pet Sounds.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 6:21 PM

looks stupid and irrelevant

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 7:55 PM

i don't know how much tickets were... i'm sure not cheap.... but if i had paid good money for this and uncle fucking jesse pranced out.....

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 8:05 PM

This reminds me the new Beach House album comes out next week!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 8:29 PM

Stamos has NO business being up there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 10:01 PM

boy 7:55 irrelevant?
man you must listen to awful music

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 10:03 PM

WTF IS STAMOS DOING UP THERE??????

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 12:59 AM

second night was massive, with a spontaneous opener of the second set - the five of them around the piano. sweet.
stamos was still there to annoy, but apparently a lot less than the first night. someone got the message.
what a songbook....and no vocal arrangements are in the same universe as Wilson's. genius indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 3:13 AM

agree second night was much much better, The Beach Boys rock

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 5:07 AM

4:38 EXACTLY

Posted by you | May 10, 2012 8:26 AM

John Cowsill and Nelson Bragg did percussion earlier in the tour -- I'm hoping the Stamos thing was only for the Beacon shows. I've paid extremely good money for my Mohegan Sun tickets, and I'll be pissed if I have to watch that clown take over the stage as he apparently did at the Beacon Tuesday night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 9:16 AM

Last night was by far one of the most incredible shows I ever witnessed. The fact that Brian Wilson was on stage was a feat in itself - he warmed up as the show went on. And what a set list!

I really have to thank the writer from the NY Times for ripping John Stamos a new asshole. Thank god that horses ass kept off stage last night (except playing the drums on 'Be True to your School,' and the unforunate cut of Kokomo). He must have pissed a lot of people off on Tuesday. Thank god he did not cover 'Forever' again.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 9:31 AM

Did stamos really sing lead on Forever on Tuesday?!

No such nonsense last night. Band sounds great. Crowd was actually younger than I expected. Men's room reeked of Pot but nobody had the balls to smoke in the big room. Good show.

Posted by Lev | May 10, 2012 9:53 AM

Wait! What is the guy from that Greek Yogurt commercial doing on stage?

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 10:27 AM

^ I get it. You are saying that the guy they have playing in the Beach Boys did a commercial for a greek yogurt. And now you are wondering why the guy who is in that commercial is that guy. You have a bright future in comedy. Please have your agent call me.

Posted by Lorne Michaels | May 10, 2012 10:59 AM

^I didn't think you would take me as SNL has a "full house" of lame talent on right now!

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 11:07 AM

It should me mentioned that David Marks has brought back (1963 when he was 15!) a kicking edge to the early music with his rocking surf lead guitar. this guy was on the first four albums, but was totally forgotten for a long time. He was essential at the Beacon, as much for what he did as anyone else.

Even if Stamos's presence was vastly cut down on night two, it was still annoying - his inane introduction and his stupid conga playing on Kokomo (stupid song too - Wilson had nothing to do with that one.) His drumming on Be True to Your School actually was ok, but that should have been all.
Video Dennis sang Forever last night as intended (apparently there was a malfunction the first night. Maybe they can get holograms for Carl and Dennis next tour...)

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 11:13 AM

More STAMOS! If it weren't for him, most people under 40 wouldn't even know the beach boys

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 11:46 AM

Did they really have to do Kokomo and have Stamos up there? Kokomo is not only embarrassing, it's probably one of the worst songs ever written. Mike Love is a wang.

Posted by Hancock | May 10, 2012 12:03 PM

real talk: you guys ever seen the Full House episode where the record execs try to turn Jesse into a rapper? He does "Forever" and it's HILARIOUS

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 12:52 PM

of course they have to do Kokomo.

It was a HUGE hit in the 1980's. Strangely one of their biggest chart toppers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 2:38 PM

Mike Love deserves more credit than he is often given. His voice is the lead vocal sound of the BB's - that teen-sounding LA twang.
And he actually co-wrote a bunch of the classics - the lyrics are important too. Plus, he was going to title a potential solo album
"Mike Love Not War" and The Beatles wrote a song for him in 1968 in India with the Maharishi for his Birthday, "Spiritual Regeneration" (Paul wrote and sang it.)

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 6:14 PM

Great reunion, this is mostly a fitting farewell tour.
But the actor Stamos has no business being part of this. He was never a Beach Boy, and his presence represents a cynical, desperate part of the band's story that should not be celebrated.

Posted by Mark | May 11, 2012 2:07 AM

damn, Stamos KILLED a SICK drum solo to a full house

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2012 3:56 AM

no he didn't. Saget was at the second show, by the way.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2012 1:41 PM

the beach boys are really amazing.

Posted by jordon | July 31, 2013 4:01 PM

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