Legendary California surf rockers, The Beach Boys, will perform on the Starlight Theater stage at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at Pala Casino Spa & Resort.
You can summarize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had or how many million albums they’ve sold. But, those conventional measurements fall short when you assess the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, the band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions, and in 2001 was awarded the prestigious National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Beach Boys are Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Grammy-winning songwriter Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled in for Brian Wilson on vocals/bass when he retired from touring. Highly regarded in his field, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.
Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin,” The Beach Boys first hit, came from his pen. Love wrote the classics, “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girl” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”
Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance. They were center stage at Live Aid, multiple Farm Aids, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. Had this remarkable band been less committed to its art and its fans, it could have retired from the field with honor at dozens of points along the way, confident that it had made a lasting contribution to world culture. And still, The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun with no end in sight.