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photos by Greg Cristman

The Beach Boys at Jones Beach - 6/24/12
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The Beach Boys brought their tour, which already hit Beacon Theater, Bonnaroo, and Central Park for Good Morning America, to Jones Beach on Sunday (6/24). They were introduced by John Stamos, who also joined them on drums for a few songs. Like they've been doing at other shows on the tour, they mainly focused on their earlier material during the first set like "Surfer Girl," "Don't Back Down," and "I Get Around," and when they returned for their second set, we were given some of the great tracks from their late '60s/early '70s period including "Heroes and Villains" with the "Our Prayer" intro. According to this YouTube video, the Jones Beach show was the first ever performance of "Our Prayer" with Brian on stage. They also threw in others from that period like "God Only Knows," "Good Vibrations," "Forever," and more. Plus, they included a number of their standard covers in their set like "Then I Kissed Her," "Do You Wanna Dance?" and "Barbara Ann." As usual, Brian spent most of the time sitting behind his grand piano (which may or may not be real). One message boarder writes:

I was kind of put off at first because the beginning seemed to lack energy, but things picked up as the crowd became more into it. Disappointingly enough, the person to get the most applause was John Stamos. Luckily, he was only limited to "Be True to Your School" (which got the most applause, somehow) and the encore. For "Kokomo", the audience would applaud every time he appeared on the screens surrounding the stage. Seems like the casual concertgoer has their priorities mixed up.

Highlights for me were "Please Let Me Wonder" and "Our Prayer"/"Heroes and Villains". Brian sounded like he was channeling his old self for the beginning of "Please Let Me Wonder", but slipped back into his current voice shortly after. Either way, it was amazing, but "Our Prayer"/"Heroes and Villains" took me by surprise. I was hoping for "Gee" after "Our Prayer", but I'll take it. The Dennis and Carl tributes were also great, and they work so well in the context of the concert. I was happy to hear "Pet Sounds", but thought David could have done a better job with the lead guitar. The spotlight was on him, and he seemed to put just the minimum amount of effort in. Maybe this will get better as the tour goes on. I was disappointed to not hear "This Whole World" or "Darlin'", the latter of which I was really happy to see had been added to the group's tour line-up recently. "Marcella" was back, at least.

I think the most heartbreaking part of the show was seeing Brian in action for the first time. He was "on" for the first set and into the show, but all of the Brian-centric songs in the second set seemed to tire him out, such that he didn't bother playing the bass he strapped on for the encore. I didn't notice how, but during "Fun, Fun, Fun", the bass was removed and he was left awkwardly standing on the stage, waiting for the song to end. It seems to be a miracle that he has managed to stay on the tour for so long, because you definitely get a sense of him not wanting to be there.

Overall, it was an excellent show. They played so many songs so well that just the first set would have been enough, and it's impossible to expect Brian to be in top form at any show, so it's hard to be picky. I hope they play here again, but I'm not holding out any hope, given the nature of the tour.

The Beach Boys will return to the NYC area on Wednesday (6/27) at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ. More pictures from Jones Beach, and the setlist, below...

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SETLIST

1st Set
Do It Again
Little Honda
Catch a Wave
Hawaii
Don't Back Down
Surfin' Safari
Surfer Girl
Please Let Me Wonder
Marcella
Wendy
Then I Kissed Her (The Crystals cover)
Kiss Me, Baby
Getcha Back
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Disney Girls
Isn't It Time
California Saga: California
Cotton Fields (Lead Belly cover)
Be True to Your School
Don't Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
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Shut Down
I Get Around

2nd Set
Pet Sounds (Instrumental with only David Marks and Backing Band)
Add Some Music to Your Day
Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
Sloop John B
Wouldn't It Be Nice
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
Sail on, Sailor
All This Is That
That's Why God Made the Radio
In My Room
Forever
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations
California Girls
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)
Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
Surfin' USA

Encore:
Kokomo
Barbara Ann (The Regents cover)
Fun, Fun, Fun

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Comments (42)

Brian Wilson can suck it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:51 AM

Terrible show

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:51 AM

sax guy is hot!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:52 AM

wow. those guys are old.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:53 AM

What happened to the beach boys? John Stamos played drums? Seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:53 AM

John Stamos is an absolute hack. I experienced the same bullshit the second night at the Beacon. It's a shame that people actually associate him with the original core of the band, rather he should be known as Mike Love's hand puppet drummer on the county fair/Great adventure tour circuit.

As for Brian, I've seen this tour twice (going tomorrow to PNC as well) and he has his moments of ups and downs. Even the casual fan (John Stamos fans not included) know that he was more of a studio presence than live - he rarely toured with the band even during the heyday. Awkward at times, I just see it as a treasure to see him on stage considering his past.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:55 AM

WHY is John Stamos in the Beach Boys?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:57 AM

Bronson Pinchot joined The Hold Steady.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:58 AM

Say what you will, that is one amazing setlist.

Stamos is a distraction from the band's legacy. He needs to go.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:00 AM

Brian Wilson blows

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:01 AM

all you morons talking about the beach boys what about that hot girl, you hipster idiots

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:04 AM

That hot girl is Carnie Wilson

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:05 AM

47 songs!! Incredible really, great to see they are not just dialing it in.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:06 AM

I don't care if they did 100 songs....it's still just depressing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:07 AM

Any one disrespecting Brian is a damn fool.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:15 AM

they've always been sissy music

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:26 AM

Show of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:35 AM

Damn, this is depressing. Bunch of old farts cashing in yet again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:45 AM

John Stamos? Really?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:56 AM

no class

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:10 AM

This is the kind of shit Jack Johnson fans have forward to look to.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:19 AM

Brian's singing was solid throughout the show. His voice isn't what it was thirty years ago, let alone fifty, but he isn't phoning it in. (Al Jardine's voice, surprisingly, has declined the least of all of them.) As for the piano, Brian played it occasionally, but never all the way through a song. My guess is it's not going through the PA, and it's just there to make him feel comfortable.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:37 AM

10:15 and 11:37 are the only ones who know what the hell they are talking about. All the others can go back to your Animal Collective/ Vivian Girls collections and think they are the originals.

Posted by Unanymous | June 26, 2012 11:43 AM

11:37- guessing Al took the best care of himself. Mike's voice isn't as strong but guessing for 70 and 71, can't complain. Brian as a shadow of his former self still cast a bigger shadow on the lesser talents making music these days.

Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2012 11:48 AM

FUCK STAMOS. what an insult.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:54 PM

At least you got Stamos! At the White Plains show we got Kimmy Gibbler to introduce the band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:16 PM

holy shitlols. this is EMBARASSING. jesus.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:26 PM

ever notice when older bands play the drums have these plexi-glass baffles around them because the singers don't have any power anymore and can't sing over the natural drum sound ...

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:32 PM

they can turn down the drum volume and up the mic volume..simple solution

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:37 PM

Where they selling Greek Yougurt at the merch stand..makes more sense then the usual hummus!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:38 PM

they can turn down the drum volume and up the mic volume..simple solution

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:37 PM

,,,, well than maybe you should be the soundman for the beach boys ,, since you know it all ,,,

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:41 PM

^Well you seem to know the reason for the plexiglass so maybe you could?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:41 PM

...they do it so there's no vocal drum monitor battle with feedback being the winner .. and i can't be the soundman for the beach boys ..i have 2 batches of french fries cooking up and a line of motherfuckers out the door about to gets their dollar menu on ...

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 1:45 PM

People should just not judge this band so much. I mean it's like asking Tony Hawke to do his moves at age 70-something. Yeah they are geezers but they did put their stamp on music. As for Stamos, I give him credit. He is trying to get beyond being known for his mulleted character Uncle Jessie and is hopping on the coat tails of this tour. I don't think I would pay $$ to see this tour but if someone handed me a ticket, I would go and take it with a grain of salt. Kind of like going through the haunted house at disney world....it wasn't as cool as it was when i was young but shit, just enjoy the ride.

Posted by Really? | June 26, 2012 2:03 PM

Uncle Jessie has Greek Yougurt he doesn't need the Beach Boys!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 2:10 PM

show was amazing and anyone who says otherwise wasn't there or should be deported back to Poland

Posted by thighmaster | June 26, 2012 2:11 PM

also, Al Jardine's face is bigger AND better than Jesus

Posted by thighmaster | June 26, 2012 2:12 PM

are they still auto tuning Brian?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 6:35 PM

Great Show, truly America's band!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 10:28 AM

Great show at the PNC...hope they come back again for another tour

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Posted by miniclip | August 31, 2012 6:53 AM

the beach boys is a amazing old school band.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 1:05 PM

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