Monday, April 30, 2012

The Beach Boys bring sweet harmonies, classic tunes to Raleigh

On Sunday night, all of the living original Beach Boys brought their 50th anniversary tour to the Raleigh Amphitheater, giving fans a 42-song set full of rich harmonies and classic surf sounds.

The band took the stage as the sun slowly sank behind the stage, rocking through a set featuring a lot of their early crowd pleasing hits including "Catch a Wave," "Surfin' Safari" and "Surfer Girl," but some of the highlights of the first set were some of the deeper cuts including the rocker "You're So Good to Me," the country-tinged "Cotton Fields" and the beautiful ballad "Disney Girls."

After closing the first set with "I Get Around," band took a break before returning for a second set kicking off with The Mamas and The Papas classic "California Dreamin'." The second set featured fantastic renditions of some of the band's more experimental sounds including "Sloop John B.," "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "Heroes and Villains," the latter of which Brian Wilson sounded fantastic on.

The set featured tributes to the Beach Boys that have passed on. The band played live to recorded vocals of Dennis Wilson on the ballad "Forever" and Carl Wilson on the song Paul McCartney has called the best song ever, "God Only Knows."

The Beach Boys will release a new album in June and took the opportunity to play the title track from it "That's Why God Made the Radio." The song sounds as if it was plucked from the band's heyday and fit right in with rest of the set.

The Boys showed that even though the average age of the five members of the band is 68, they could still hit their signature harmonies and sound stunning. The band showed off a bit of their a cappella chops throughout both sets and really stood out on the classic "Barbara Ann."

The second set closed with "Surfin' USA" and they quickly returned for an encore which kicked off with cheesy yet lovable late 1980s classic "Kokomo." Wilson and Love sounded fantastic during "Good Vibrations" and that classic Elctro-Thermain riff sounded spot on.

The band closed with the rocking "Fun, Fun, Fun" which left the crowd buzzing as they filed out of the venue. It was great to hear The Beach Boys classics performed by the reunited band for what will likely be the last tour the ever embark upon. It was truly a show to remember.

Do It Again
Catch a Wave
Don't Back Down
Surfrin' Safari
Surfer Girl
The Little Girl I Once Knew
This Whole World
Then I Kissed Her
You're So Good to Me
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)
Be True to Your School
Disney Girls
Please Let Me Wonder
Don't Worry Baby
Little Honda
Little Deuce Coupe
Shut Down
I Get Around
California Dreamin'
Sloop John B.
Wouldn't It Be Nice
In My Room
Sail On, Sailor
Heroes and Villains
All This is That
God Only Knows
That's Why Gode Made the Radio
California Girls
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music
Do You Wanna Dance
Barbara Ann
Surfin' USA
Good Vibrations
Fun, Fun, Fun

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