The Beach Boys — featuring Mike Love and Bruce Johnston — are heading back to London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall on June 24th. The appearance is part of the group’s five-date 2022 European tour.
The Beach Boys are currently on the road with their “Holiday, Harmony, & Hits” dates, and plays tomorrow night (December 14th) at Ottumwa, Iowa’s Expo Hall at Bridge View Center.
Co-founding frontman Mike Love, who decides the band’s setlist from show to show, is pleased to give the audiences the chance to hear the band stray off the beaten path and dig deep into their ’60s and ’70s catalogue: “I think there’s a lot of fans out there that like it and we like singing those songs; ‘Please Let Me Wonder,’ ‘Kiss Me Baby’ — different songs that are less well known. They’re not like the Number One records like ‘Help Me, Rhonda’ was, or a big hit like ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.,’ or ‘Good Vibrations’ or ‘Kokomo.’ They’re really special in that they gave unique harmonies, and they’re really interesting subjectively for us.”
56-year-veteran keyboardist Bruce Johnston told us that he ignores die-hard fans who claim their current gigs aren’t true Beach Boy shows without the group’s leader Brian Wilson, his two late brothers Dennis and Carl Wilson, and co-founder Al Jardine. Johnston says that those critics are in the vast minority: “They call it the ‘Mike and Bruce’ show. Well 99.99 percent of the people that we play for don’t care, because the songs are in the same key, the vocal parts are the same vocal parts. So my point is, how many (original) Eagles are there out there — Dos — right? That’s it. It’s just these two wonderful Eagle-guys, y’know, and nobody ever says a word about it.”