Iconic Southern California band The Beach Boys rose to popularity due to their laid back surf rock, but became music icons after cultivating a complex and groundbreaking sound that took the world by storm. The Beach Boys' unifying tour dates helped shape the youth of a nation, as did monumental albums like Wild Honey and Pet Sounds. While Mike Love is the only original Beach Boy to carry on the band's name, he will be joined by Bruce Johnston (and possibly honorary Beach Boy John Stamos?) on summer tour dates in 2011, playing hit songs that have come to define the very season.
Brian Wilson began singing and producing music with his brothers, Carl and Dennis, and his cousin Mike Love when they were still in high school. Joined by classmate and musician Al Jardine, the boys began harmonizing and recording original songs on a reel-to-reel. Originally called the Pendletones, Dennis suggested composing songs dealing with the burgeoning Southern California surf scene. Upon the release of their first hit single, "Surfin'", the record company changed the group's name to The Beach Boys, to the surprise of the band's members. The Beach Boys' debut album, Surfin' Safari, was released in 1962 and was followed by albums that contained carefree pop hits like "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Help Me Rhonda", and "Surfin' USA." The Beach Boys became a hit with young people around the world and were soon playing tour dates in larger venues to screaming girls.
Beginning with Summer Days (and Summer Nights), Brian Wilson began creating complex and innovative multilayered songs that would fully emerge in the 1966 album, Pet Sounds. The album has been praised as one of the greatest recordings of all time, one of the records to usher in psychedelic rock, and Brian Wilson's masterpiece; up to that point. Brian Wilson had plans to release his "teenage symphony to God" called Smile, but the record ended up being shelved due to Brian's deteriorating mental health. Carl began to take over leadership of the band on Surf's Up, and The Beach Boys's albums contained mix of Brian's experimentalism and the band's classic sound. The following years would see The Beach Boys mainly playing tour dates, as well as the accidental death of Dennis Wilson due to diving while intoxicated.
The remaining Beach Boys experienced a revival in the late 80s with their hit single, "Kokomo", which was written for the movie Cocktail but would soon appear on the gold 1989 album, Still Cruisin'. Since that time, the members of The Beach Boys have continued to individually perform tour dates and release albums. In 2004, Brian Wilson finally released his masterpiece, Smile, as a solo project, and fans are frenzied over the release of the album as a Beach Boys project on August 9. While The Beach Boys reunion tour dates in 2011are possible following the release of the album, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston can still be found on tour this summer. For all the tour date info, and info on a reunion concert schedule, be sure to visit Eventful often.
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