Founding Beach Boys stage first performance in over 20 years

LOS ANGELES Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:16am EST

1 of 2. Mike Love (3rd R) and David Marks (R) of The Beach Boys perform with Adam Levine of Maroon 5 (2nd R) at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Beach Boys, led by the band's three surviving co-founders, played their landmark hit "Good Vibrations" on the stage of the Grammy Awards on Sunday in their first performance together in more than two decades.

The rendition of their landmark single by original Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with newer members Bruce Johnston and David Marks, was an upbeat highlight of a show shadowed by the death of pop star Whitney Houston on Saturday.

The band played on a stage bedecked with surfboards and large video screens displaying psychedelic patterns of color, with Wilson, 69, at the keyboards and Love, 70, fronting the group, trading lead vocals and sharing in the band's signature harmonies.

The five musicians, who were all involved in various line-ups of the Beach Boys during their 1960s heyday, announced in December that they planned to release a new album this year and launch a world tour to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary.

Backstage after their appearance, Wilson enthused about the experience of playing live with his Beach Boys cohorts for the first time in more than 20 years.

"With all the guys together we were supporting each other. It was a different experience, and it was a thrill for me," Wilson said. "Just being on stage together gives us a chance to express ourselves vocally and instrumentally."

The Beach Boys' appearance was introduced by performances of two other hits from the group's body of work, reproduced in their California surf-sound style by two contemporary bands -- "Surfer Girl" covered by Maroon 5 and "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by Foster the People.

The Beach Boys struck their first chords in Hawthorne, California, in 1961, with brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and school friend Al Jardin.

Johnston and Marks joined later versions of the band to fill in for departing members. Dennis and Carl Wilson died in 1983 and 1998, respectively.

The Beach Boys hold the title for America's top-selling band, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures, and also hold the record for the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits with 36 songs.

They have received numerous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

(Additional reporting by Sue Zeidler; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (3)
Joe11111 wrote:
David Marks is an original member. He was on the first four albums. Al Jardine had been in on it from the beginning but he quit well before they were signed and only returned as an official member around the time of their 5th album.

Feb 13, 2012 12:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
jculp wrote:
It was great to see The Original Members back together. This was the biggest thrill of the night! Any true Beach Boy fan had to be waiting for this. Seeing Brian Wilson and Al Jardin back on stage was great; and to see David Marks on there was a treat also, he was there when it all started so he should be included. What an experience to watch, even if only by TV. The last time I saw Brian on stage with the group was around 1979/1980 at a concert in Norfolk, Va. It was really good seeing Brian back on stage. They sounded like they had never split. Even after the 50th Ann. Tour / 50 city tour is over I hope Al will continue to tour with Mike and Bruce. I believe Carl and Dennis were there in spirit-especially in the hearts of all beach boy fans. Thank You Mike, Bruce, Brian, Al, and David!!! LONG LIVE THE BEACH BOYS and ENDLESS SUMMERS!!!!!

Feb 13, 2012 12:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
rangerfanbob wrote:
I hsve seen the beach boys in various forms aprox 150 times since 1974 and im glad they are back together. they sound nothing like the old days but for 70 yr old band members they do an amazing job. im definately going to see them on tour this year since i saw the mike love version of the band all of these years they werent together. plus ive seen al & brians bands on tour as well.

Feb 13, 2012 8:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
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