Then last night Marilyn took us to The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Concert at the Stampede. It was so much fun and we hooted and hollered along with the best of them but it did remind us of an era gone by. While the 'Boys' were at the height of their fame Sherwin and I were busy tending children and building a life. We knew their music and recognized faces and names but we were not very familiar with the lyrics. But as I listen to their music now I can hear the influence. The following video is from a concert back in the day...
But there they were...we were in row 3 so we got to see them as they truly are today. I was interested to see these California men of 'a certain age' come out on stage and present themselves as 65-72 year olds, grey or white hair, wrinkles and all. There wasn't a lot of sham when it came to personal appearance. After the first medley which was a loud, delightful mix of oldies they suggested going now for a nap, maybe they would return the next day.
But no, these guys were the only entertainment, no opening act giving them any breather...they came onstage right after 7:30 and with a 20 minute intermission, kept us there until some time between 10:30 and 11. They didn't do a lot of dance moves but Mike Love in particular was up and down the stage connecting with the audience. All of them showed great endurance presenting music that meant so much to another time and place.
We had decided not to haul our big cameras into the Stampede grounds but we got a few photos on our iPhone, which early on said, 'low battery'. So even though our results were not spectacular we do have a few mementos of our time there.
(a rather unclear photo of Mike Love in the middle
with David Marks on your left and Al Jardin on your right)
Once in a while, for a slow song, they had all cell phone users get out the phones, put on a light and wave the phone ...it was very beautiful to see this large venue lit up by the phones moving to the music. Interesting to see singers of another era using today's technology. And once in a while one of the 5 would whip out their phone and take a photo of the band.
(on the far right is Brian Wilson...time moves on)
Bruce Johnston, particularly known for his music composition with "I Write The Songs" made famous by Barry Manilow, Al Jardine and David Marks made strong contributions throughout the evening. Of the 5 'Boys', only Mike Love didn't handle a guitar...he just schmoozed the ladies in the front rows.
These 5 men have had very complex, stormy relationships with one another and a history fraught with split-ups and lawsuits. Their lives have been anything but exemplary with more pain and sadness than one would wish but during the concert they worked well together . They are great ambassadors for the USA and they made a huge crowd of seniors smile last night.
Take a look at this interview...it is very revealing and gives you a great inside view with even a moment or two of wisdom.