New Tanglewood show: Beach Boys to perform Aug. 18


LENOX -- The Beach Boys will be adding some of their "Fun, Fun, Fun" to the Tanglewood lineup next month.

The group has been scheduled for a return appearance on Monday, Aug. 18. Widely considered among the most successful American rock bands, the group last performed here in 2004, with previous concerts in 1987 and 1988.

In 1961, the group was formed in suburban Los Angeles by brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, with their cousin Mike Love, neighbor David Marks and friend Al Jardine. After Capitol Records signed the band in 1962, a string of top-charting singles and albums followed.

Leading the Beach Boys' current North American and European tour is Love, the only original member, joined by Bruce Johnston, Jeff Foskett and four others. They performed during the annual Independence Day Boston Pops Esplanade concert, held on July 3 this year because of severe weather threatened for July 4. Along with their signature surf classic, "Fun, Fun, Fun," released 50 years ago, the group also sang "California Girls."

Other special-event performances in recent years have been at the White House, the Super Bowl, the 100th anniversary salute to the Statue of Liberty, and charity benefits such as Farm Aid and Live Aid. The reconfigured group's current schedule includes about 150 shows a year -- they sang at the Winter Olympics in Sochi this past February.

In keeping with the group's spirit, Tanglewood plans to offer dance areas on the lawn outside the Shed and will set up volleyball nets near the rear of the lawn. Beach balls will be "dispersed for play throughout the concert," the BSO announcement stated, with "Beach Boy-style temporary tattoos, and sand and surf décor around the grounds."

Ticket sales to Boston Symphony and Tanglewood donors will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the box office or via SymphonyCharge (617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200). Tickets to the general public will go on sale Monday.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the group has sold more than 100 million recordings globally, including 36 top 40 hits in the U.S. Four of those became staples of AM rock radio after reaching Billboard's number-one spot on the singles chart ("I Get Around," "Help Me, Rhonda," "Good Vibrations," "Kokomo") -- the most of any U.S. rock band.

In all, the group released 29 studio albums, four live albums, 34 compilations and 82 singles. Their recording career spanned vinyl, reel-to-reel tape, 8-track, cassette, CD and now as digital music downloads.

Their best-selling discs were early releases such as "Surfin' USA" and "Surfing Safari," but critical acclaim centered on ground-breaking concept albums such as "Pet Sounds," "Smiley Smile" and "Wild Honey."

Starting off with 1950s-style rock influenced by barbershop quartets, doo-wop rock as well as rhythm and blues, the Beach Boys adapted to changing tastes and styles by adding psychedelia, baroque pop (also known as English baroque) and synthpop to their signature California surfing sound reflecting a youth culture of sun, sand, ocean, cars and romance.

Among many performers influenced by the Beach Boys were the Beatles and their producer, George Martin, The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, Cream, the Who, Elton John, ABBA, Bruce Springsteen, Beck and the Ramones.

"Pet Sounds" has been included on greatest-album lists by Rolling Stone, Time and other publications and is said to have been cited by Paul McCartney as one of his all-time favorite albums, with "God Only Knows" as his all-time favorite song.

According to Time Magazine, McCartney said "Pet Sounds" inspired the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," with producer Martin explaining that "Pepper was an attempt to equal ‘Pet Sounds.' "

The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Rolling Stone ranked the group 12th on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," published in 2004.

Following the deaths of Dennis Wilson, who drowned in 1983, and Carl Wilson, who succumbed to lung cancer in 1998, the band reconfigured its membership and reunited in 2012 to mark its 50th anniversary with a world tour, new studio album and a retrospective box set.

After a long absence, co-founder Brian Wilson reunited with the group for the tour and the new album, but is now back to pursuing his solo career, according to his website.

"Year after year, it's been a great source of inspiration to see the happiness our music has brought to multiple generations of Beach Boys fans in so many parts of the world," Mike Love said in a statement earlier this summer.

If you go ...

What: The Beach Boys

Where: The Shed, Tanglewood

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18

Tickets: 10 a.m. Wednesday for Tanglewood and BSO donors; 10 a.m. July 21 at Tanglewood Box Office, Symphony Hall box office in Boston, at or by phone at 888-266-1200

Prices: Lawn, $26; Shed, $41-$56

To contact Clarence Fanto: or (413) 637-2551. On Twitter: @BE_cfanto


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