The founding Beach Boys will make one last U.S. appearance on September 18th at L.A.'s Grammy Museum. The band -- who at that point will only have their two British dates to play on its 50th anniversary tour -- will partake in an interview with the museum's executive director Bob Santelli and play a brief set in the Clive Davis Theater. Tickets, which ran as high as $300, are sold out for the show.
Mike Love told us that he couldn't be happier with the way that the 50th anniversary tour has been sounding night after night: "It's great to have everyone together, and Al (Jardine) sounds so good on his leads. Y'know, we're just all doin' our part and it's really remarkable, and I'm struck by the audience response. We're used to seein' the audience respond incredibly positively to 'Help Me, Rhonda,' and 'I Get Around,' and 'Fun, Fun, Fun' and "Surfin' U.S.A.' -- but seeing them appreciate 'Please Let Me Wonder,' and 'Kiss Me Baby,' and (laughs) 'I Just Wasn't Made For These Times' off the Pet Sounds album, it's really gratifying to see that."
Beach Boys fans are bracing themselves for the fact that the reunion between Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, and Bruce Johnston might be a thing of the past come next month. As expected, Mike Love's touring ensemble -- most of whom have been on retainer while the Beach Boys utilized Brian Wilson's band for the current tour -- will be back on the road with Love and Johnston. Promoters are carefully posting in their ads that Wilson, Jardine, and Marks are not a part of these dates.
The Beach Boys tour dates (subject to change):
September 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Grammy Museum
September 27 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
September 28 - London, England - Wembley Arena
The Beach Boys -- featuring Mike Love and Bruce Johnston -- tour dates (subject to change):
October 5 - Waco, TX - Extraco Events Center
October 6 - Austin, TX - The Backyard at Bee Cave
October 12, 13 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage Casino Theatre