John Stamos of "Full House" fame will be behind the drums when The Beach Boys rock North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall during two performances Oct. 15-16.
Stamos sits in with the band occasionally and his appearance with the group has been confirmed for these performances.
The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut nearly 50 years ago. The band’s staying power is demonstrated by the double-platinum status of the recently released compilations “Sounds of Summer” and “The Warmth of the Sun” which prompted a resurgence of interest in The Beach Boys’ music.
The Beach Boys performances begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $95, $85 and $75; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Founding member Mike Love recently told Sun-Times Media in an interview that the band continues to draw new fans from today's generation of young people, the same way Beach Boys' music appealed to the parents and grandparents for the past 50 years. “It’s pretty cool to see whole entire families … come to a Beach Boys show and enjoy it,” he said. “I think the older fans like the Beach Boys music because it has some nice melodies and harmonies, and the subject matter is kind of unique."
Since its founding as a quintet in 1961, The Beach Boys birthed a torrent of hit singles and albums that sold in the tens of millions. With such hits as “Surfin’ USA,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” the Grammy-nominated “Good Vibrations” and the influential album “Pet Sounds,” the group profoundly impacted the musical landscape and helped define the baby boom generation of Americans.
The original members of The Beach Boys included brothers Dennis, Brian and Carl Wilson, their cousin Love, and Al Jardine. Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, who penned Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs,” joined the group in 1965. Highly regarded as a singer-songwriter, Johnston’s vocal work with such celebrated artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists.
The Beach Boys continue to play an average of 150 shows a year, ranging from their triumphant appearance at the 2010 Winter Olympics to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide. The band has appeared on countless TV shows throughout the years, including “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand” and “The Tonight Show.”
The group is planning another national and world tour and continued charitable performances arranged through the Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives. The foundation’s recent efforts have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.
In addition to Love on lead vocals, Johnston on vocals/keyboards and Stamos on drums, the rest of the group’s current lineup includes Christian Love (guitar/vocals), Randell Kirsch (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion/vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals). Visit thebeachboys.com to learn more.
North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).