Phoenix, AZ July 7, 2012
I washed down my Zin Burger with a Malibu bay breeze, in an attempt to calm my nerves. I think I had less nerves on my wedding day. A moment that I dreamed of for a decade was about to come true. I never imagined it would, but then I found out the Beach Boys, with Brian Wilson, were touring for their 50th anniversary. This was a really big deal because Brian Wilson had not been on tour with the Beach Boys since 1965.
As a child, I can remember my aunt playing it in the car for us, and joyfully singing along. The boys also made quite the impression on me when they appeared on the popular 90′s TGIF show, Full House. My love and appreciation for the group grew tremendously when I was in high school. I was also a loser in high school and my friends made fun of me for being so into them. I even saw them in concert at my high school in 2003.
I would have probably had a heart attack if you told me 9 years later I would meet them and sit front row at their 50th Anniversary Concert.
BTW, that guy behind me kept shouting out his love for Brian the entire concert.
It looked like Tommy Bahama threw up in there. T’was a sea of Hawaiian shirts and flip flops. It was great to see people of all ages having a blast. Let me tell you, these guys who are all at or around 70 years old performed the shit out of 50 songs. They really gave it their all (trust me, I was right there I could see it!). It was one of the most incredible times of my life, and I’m so happy I got to share it with my husband.
Mike made the ladies swoon with his winks and smirks. He really knows how to work a crowd. All the guys did a great job getting everyone involved; on their feet and clapping along… even Wayne was clapping and swaying, as long as I was doing it – he needed a guide so he didn’t mess up. He really cracks me up.
We didn’t learn John Cowsill(of the Cowsills) was drumming, until he was introduced at the show. Very exciting stuff. The rain, the park, and other things, was the song we played at the beginning of our wedding reception, so it was very special treat to have him there, too. We actually saw him in the parking lot before the show, but didn’t know it was him. He had a broken iPhone in his hand. That’s all.
I tried to get a good shot of Mike Love’s hand, full of “pimp” rings. No, Mike Love is not a pimp as far as I know. He was such a flirt with all the girls and a very funny “host”, if you will. He made a joke about loving his first car so much, but loving his new Bentley even more. You could tell, they were such sweet guys, and so humble even after a lifetime of such success.
This one makes me laugh.
My Beach Boys swag.
This is pretty cool too…
Bruce Johnston, Alan Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and David Marks
I LOVE THE BEACH BOYS! THIS WILL BE SOMETHING I’LL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I FEEL SO FORTUNATE AND HONORED TO HAVE HAD THIS EXPERIENCE.