That’s why God made
the state fair oldies touring circuit.
By Perez Mills
The rose-tinted glasses set will call it a mission
fulfilled; the rest of us will characterize it as “squandered potential” – possibly
an inevitability, in hindsight.
RollingStone.com is reporting that the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys officially ends this month in London, with the That’s Why God Made the Radio tour set to move back to the States
minus Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. Mike Love and Bruce Johnston
will resume work with “their longtime backing band that includes Love’s
son Christian, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten. ‘As
we move on, Bruce and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans
everywhere,” Love said in a press release. It also noted, “The 50th
Reunion Tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark
a special 50-year milestone for the band.'”
Make of this what you will. Meanwhile, here are two views of
the reunion that will at least remind you of what
might have been in the long term, but was probably doomed from the start.
“Ghastly New Beach Boys
LP” (album review)
Pickin’ Up Good Vibrations” (concert review, Berkeley, June 1)