Review: The Beach Boys bring good California vibrations to the Straz Center in Tampa
The surviving members of the Beach Boys -- Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks -- are in the midst of a 50th anniversary reunion tour, and on Saturday, they brought a half century's worth of good California vibrations to the west coast of Florida.
Sean Daly joined the Beach Boys at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, and he writes that the show wasn't perfect, but there were moments of transcendence, especially on Wilson-penned hits like Heroes and Villains and I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.
The 2,563 fans in house ate it up — beach bums and music scholars alike — but rest assured this wasn't some moldy oldies gig; Wilson's unlikely inclusion made sure of that. First of all, despite his seeming apathy, Wilson remains a sonic control freak, so his usual solo-touring crew, 10 of the finest musicians on the planet, backed up the Beach Boys, switching gears from Little Deuce Coupe to the wilder Sail on, Sailor to the exploding planets of an encore Good Vibrations.
But more than that, Wilson hasn't really toured with the Beach Boys for more than four decades. Four decades!!! There have been lawsuits and accusations in between, related show-biz ugliness that betrays the shimmering glow of the Boys' high-holy harmonies. Truth be told, this is a history lesson that may never come around again.
For Sean Daly's full Beach Boys concert review, click here.
Photo: Carolina Hidalgo, tbt*