Generations of women escorted by husbands, boyfriends and grandfathers showed up to experience the recent Beach Boys concert held at the Queen Mary Event Park. Hair blowing in the ocean breeze, some early arrivals trickled in toward assigned seating while others headed for the grass with blankets it tow. While waiting for the show to begin, there was the consistent hum of conversation, laughter and expectation.
Then it happened. Following a brief environmental plug, the Beach Boys instruments and mics at the ready began a set that was so brightly lit it dared to bleach out the features of one very blue eyed and still very energetic lead personality Bruce Johnston. With Bruce at the helm, all of the boys including guest actor turned musician, John Stamos (Uncle Joey from 80’s sitcom Full House) put on a show warranting more fans than were present and a crowd response that was earned but given only after much direct encouragement from the stage.
Of the many differently aged girls in the audience, there were some who surely spent their summers singing Surfin USA, I Get Around, Fun, Fun Fun, Help Me Rhonda and by far one of the night’s most responded to songs, California Girl. The response to this number was much applause, getting out of seats and dancing sans or with a special someone.
Long after their initial desire to replicate R&B music of the late 50’s, the Beach Boys reign over signature harmonies they can still perform to the delight of fans, including girls seeing the boys for the first time in 2010 and those who were girls at the time of the first officially billed Beach Boys concert aboard the Queen Mary decades ago.[adrotate banner=”4″]