The Beach Boys are surfin’ into Israel for a November concert

It’s official: The  Beach Boys Tel Aviv performance will consist of 2 members from the original 1960’s band, Mike Love & Bruce Johnston, and 5 other musicians.

By Ben Shalev

The American rock band The Beach Boys will perform in Tel Aviv’s Nokia Stadium on November 29. This will be the band’s first concert in Israel.

The Beach Boys during their 2012 reunion

The Beach Boys during their 2012 reunion (left to right) Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Louise Palanker

The influential band founded in 1961 by the brothers Brian, Denis, and Carl Wilson, together with their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine. With perfect harmony and hits such as I Get Around, Surfin’ U.S.A., Don’t Worry Baby, and California Girls, the band was one of the most successful in American history. In 1966 the band issued their album “Pet Sounds,” considered one of the most successful pop albums in history, featuring the hits Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Good Vibration, and God Only Knows.

The mental instability of the bands lead man Brian Wilson and the social upheaval of the 1960s led to bands declining popularity. Yet, still, the band continued to perform and win commercial success. Denis Wilson, the band’s drummer, quit the band and later drowned. His brother Carl Wilson died in the end on the 1990s. Brian Wilson’s artistic activity was intermittent and capricious. Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston, who joined the band in the mid-1960s, continued to perform.

In 2012 The Beach Boys issued a new successful album “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” with original lineup of Wilson, Love, Jardine, and Johnston. The lineup preforming in Israel in November will consist of Love, Johnston and five other musicians.

On Monday, Lady Gaga announced that she too would perform in Israel. Her concert is scheduled for September.

Recently The Backstreet Boys, Paul Anka, Neil Young and other performers cancelled their concerts in Israel due to the Gaza conflict.


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