BEACH BOYS: Tour Opens in Tucson
It was "Good Vibrations" in Tucson last night as The Beach Boys kicked off their 50th anniversary tour before a full house at Casino Del Sol's Ava Amphitheater. The city where the band played one of its first gigs -- we hear it was at a local frat house -- hosted the five surviving members: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. A video screen allowed the guys to be joined by the late Carl and Dennis Wilson. The Beach Boys sang with Dennis on "Forever" and joined Carl Wilson for "God Only Knows."
The notoriously stage-shy Brian, working behind a white grand piano, performed well, though it took until the second half of the show for him to make eye contact with the audience. To the right were Al, Mike, David and Bruce -- who stood with an electric piano.
The first 45-minute set opened with "Do It Again" and soon swung into some covers that were more familiar to European fans, such as "Then He Kissed Me," and "Cotton Fields." Then came some favorite album tracks, including Johnston's "Disney Girls" and "Sail on Sailor," with Brian on lead.
To no one's surprise there were plenty of hits, plenty of car songs and the debut of "Thank God for the Radio," whose promo clip was released yesterday. After the second 45-minute set, the night ended with "Kokomo" and "Good Vibrations" as the encore.
The group's summer-long 50th anniversary tour moves on to Grand Prairie, TX tomorrow