Review: BEACH BOYS at Allphones Arena - 30 August 2012

When I found out that the surviving original members of The Beach Boys were coming to Australia, I made sure that I had seats for this one and it was worth every cent of the price of admission.

 

Where in the world can you go to a concert, see a band in their 50th year and hear a staggering 53 songs over almost 3 hours? Sydney Australia on a Thursday Night with the Beach Boys, that's where and these guys came to play!

 

From the opening drum beats of "Do it Again", it was a pure musical history lesson and one only had to close their eyes to hear the same voices as in 1965.  There is an ageless quality to the harmonies and despite most of The Beach Boys being in their 70's, they have not lost the sound of their youth. Whilst they may move a little slower, the voices were still powerful and melodic.  It was brilliant to hear.

 

Despite having a backing band, it was the The Beach Boys themselves playing the main instruments with Brian Wilson on piano/guitar, Mike Love on vocals, Al Jardine on guitar, David Marks on guitar and Bruce Johnston on keyboards.

 

Homage was also paid to the deceased Wilson brothers, with footage of Dennis Wilson singing "Forever" and Carl Wilson singing "God only Knows". It was a touching tribute.

 

Speaking of footage, the big screen behind the band showed archival pictures and films clips of the Beach Boys from when they were kids growing up in California, right through their various stages of the band to the present. It was great to see.

 

The Beach Boys played a total of 2 hours 45 minutes and included all the hits plus some lesser known songs but, more importantly, they played 2 new songs from their current album "That's Why God Made the Radio" which included the title track. Hopefully this isn't the last of the new music we hear from them.

 

One aspect of the concert that I did enjoy was the way the band poked fun at themselves and this enamoured the band to the crowd and made for a most enjoyable evening.

 

As my wife said to me as we were leaving, "we witnessed something pretty special tonight". I think so indeed!

 

 

Paul Bartle

 

 

You can hear the new song here:

 

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