In his review of the "Beach Boys: Live - The 50th Anniversary Tour" CD, Brett Billedeau takes a look at the boys of summer as they took the stage more as the "grandfathers" of summer.
"Reunions can be a hard pill to swallow for music fans," the Grand Haven man notes in his "Brett's Music Musings" blog review. "We're never sure of the motivation behind them. Is it greed or because the bands genuinely want to play together again? Often times, it's probably a bit of both. In the case of the Beach Boys in 2012, I certainly suspect both to be true."
However, Billedeau said the Beach Boys reunion was no ordinary reunion. Founding members Brian Wilson, along with his cousin and front man Mike Love, friend Al Jardine, guitarist David Marks (who played on their first five albums or so), and long-time associate Bruce Johnston hadn't shared the stage in decades. In fact, Marks had been absent from the band since the mid-1960s.
"'The 50th Anniversary Tour' captures the glory of one of America's greatest musical treasures putting on a marathon show filled with hits, rarities and some darn good fun," Billedeau wrote.
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