June 2, 2012 |
CHULA VISTA - The Beach Boys'1968 hit "Do It Again" unfolded gradually during an afternoon sound check before the group's evening performance here late last week. In jeans and T-shirts, the band started in on the infectious and rhythmic rock song. "It's automatic when I talk to old friends," they sang, "the conversation turns to girls we knew when their hair was soft and long and the beach was the place to go. " Then came the sound of Brian Wilson's signature falsetto, launching the group's distinctive harmonies into the musical stratosphere.
October 5, 2012 |
It's the last show of the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour, at the tail end of our triumphant stand in London, first at Royal Albert Hall and then Wembley Arena, and we're in the final moments of "Fun, Fun, Fun…" Looking at the beaming faces, I'm filled with an enormous sense of pride for my bandmates and our fans. We didn't just show up for this tour like some museum act. We sang well. We played well. We moved people and we touched a lot of hearts. And it was beautiful. That's not easy for any band, let alone one with our history.
September 28, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Oh, to be a fly on the wall backstage in London on Friday night at the Beach Boys' final performance of their 50th-anniversary reunion tour, which draws to a close on the jarring note that founding member Mike Love has in essence fired the group's creative leader, Brian Wilson, and two other original members, Alan Jardine and David Marks. Odds are good that the Wembley Arena show itself will go as swimmingly as the rest of the tour, which found the four surviving original members and longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston digging generously and deeply into their vast catalog to serve up as many as 53 songs in a single night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1999
Re "Board Chooses Reporting Plan for Restaurants," Sept. 22: Well, here we go again, Supervisors Todd Spitzer and Tom Wilson caving in to lobbyists and special interests. Are these elected officials supposed to work for the people or the California Restaurant Assn.? When I travel the counties of California it is very easy to pick a place to dine. If there is an "A" placard I do not hesitate to patronize the restaurant. The supervisors voted to put pass or fail letters in each Orange County restaurant.
May 31, 2012
POP MUSIC Brian Wilson officially quit as a touring member of the Beach Boys in the mid-1960s and has only been on stage periodically with the band since. As for an album together? It's been decades. But this week Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks return for a 50th anniversary tour, which kicked off last month in Arizona. The tour — followed by the release of their new album together, "Why God Made the Radio," on June 5 — is a homecoming of sorts for this quintessential SoCal band.
April 27, 1986 |
Convicted mass murderer Bruce Johnston Sr., played by Christopher Walken in "At Close Range," is serving six consecutive life terms in a Pittsburgh prison. But he and a friend were acquitted April 18 in Johnston's latest adventure. Johnston, 47, and Jose Lopez, 32, were found not guilty of the burning death of George Arms, 28, whom the prosecution contended was murdered in retaliation for the theft of a TV from Johnston's cell.