The Beach Boys – Still Surfin

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LINCOLN, CA – The Beach Boys unleashed their surfin ways to a packed house at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday night.

The Beach Boys are regarded by many as the greatest American rock group. They were instrumental in taking popular music to a completely new level in the ‘60s with their barbershop music coupled with rhythm and blues.

Mike Love

Mike Love

Forming in 1961, the band has been through many changes over the years. In 1965, country singer Glen Campbell joined The Beach Boys for a brief stint, eventually he was replaced with Bruce Johnston. Yes! Glen Campbell was a Beach Boy.

Last year saw founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine team up with longstanding members Bruce Johnston and David Marks for their 50th anniversary.

For Friday’s show The Beach Boys consisted of Mike Love (vocals), Bruce Johnston (keys), Christian Love (guitar), Scott Totten (guitar), John Cowsill (drums) and Tim Bonhomme (keys). This incarnation of the group has been touring together for close to 15 years.

(LR) Elliot Kendall, Bruce Johnston, Scott Totten, Mike Love, and Jeff Kendall.

(LR) Elliot Kendall, Bruce Johnston, Scott Totten, Mike Love, and Jeff Kendall.

It was a special night as Elliot Kendall from EK Media an associate with Fender guitars presented Totten with a genuine Fender American Vintage Series Stratocaster guitar, complete with ‘The Beach Boys – Made In California‘ box set graphic design on the pick guard.

While this particular guitar is Totten’s, fans will have a chance to win one identical to his. Until September 20th, fans can enter the “Guitar Solo Project” to win their very own guitar. You can find out more about the contest at The Beach Boys Guitar Solo Project.

Bruce Johnston

Bruce Johnston

The Beach Boys kicked off their set with “Do it Again” and “Little Honda,” as fans jumped to their feet and started dancing. You could hear many of the fans singing to the music as Mike Love sounded excellent.

At 72-years-old, Love did a fantastic job with vocals and engaging fans. He’d point to someone in the audience and then wave and smile at them. He continued this throughout the show making everyone feel welcome.

So it went for the entire show, with fans singing along to all of the hits including “409,” “Little Deuce Coup” and “Help Me Rhonda.”

Totten didn’t get a chance to pull out his new Fender guitar until “Kokomo.” You could tell he was excited to play with his new toy too.

Cell phone mania with Mike Love

Cell phone mania with Mike Love

A really special moment was during “Surfer Girl,” Love told the audience that this song was about their cell phones, telling everyone to bring out their phones and light up the night. As the lights dimmed throughout the outdoor amphitheater the audience lit up with all the cells phones. It was quite a sight to see.

Talk about a complete concert!

The Beach Boys blew through almost forty songs in as little as two hours. For their encore they played “Going to the Beach” and “Surfin’ USA.”

It was obvious from the crowd that after all these years The Beach Boys can still entertain.


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