There are very few bands that exist where at least one song of the band’s song catalog is known by almost anyone you talk to. Unless you have lived under a rock your entire life (and if so, your lack of music knowledge is the least of your worries) it’s likely you’ve sung along to or at least heard “Good Vibrations,” Surfin’ USA,” “California Girls,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” or one of the other thirty six singles by The Beach Boys that have appeared in the Billboard Top 40. They are as iconic as any American band has ever been. In honor of their fiftieth anniversary, the band has reunited and has embarked on a world wide tour which will stop in Phoenix on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m at the Grand Canyon University Arena.
Formed in the Wilson home in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally Brian Wilson and his brothers Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson, their cousin, Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Jardine left the band for a year in 1962 to concentrate on his college studies and was replaced by Wilson neighbor David Marks. In 1965, Bruce Johnston became a member of The Beach Boys, having to fill in for departed guitarist Glen Campbell. Fifty years later, Brian Wilson, Love, Jardine, Marks and Johnston have reunited and are touring again for the first time in over two decades.
In conjunction with the tour and the 50th anniversary hoopla, The Beach Boys will be releasing a new studio album of original material, That’s Why God Made The Radio, which will be available in stores on June 5, 2012. The album’s first single, also titled “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” was released for downloading on April 25, 2012. Also, on May 1, 2012, a custom 72-page Beach Boys ‘ZinePak magazine, bundled with an exclusive CD featuring 11 of the band’s classic hits and their 2012 version of “Do It Again,” will be available at Walmart.
Tickets for the July 7, 2012 Phoenix show will become available on Monday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. and are priced at $56.00, $80.00, and $94.00 Special golden circle VIP seating is also available. Purchases should be made through the Grand Canyon University Arena. GCU customers may log on to gcuarena.com; call the GCU Arena by phone at 602-639-8999 for phone orders, or purchase their tickets in person at the Box Office. Further information may also be available through Danny Zelisko Presents.