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The Beach Boys on TV (2012)

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:00 PM

The Beach Boys celebrates their 50th anniversary in the new PBS Front Row Center episode titled, Summer's Gone.

The surviving members get together to look back at their career. This 90 minute show includes previously unseen concert footage from their archives and songs from their upcoming album.

This show is scheduled for June 7th (check your local PBS station's schedule for exact air date and time).

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:45 PM

Awesome! Can't wait to watch it! Go PBS!

Since its on PBS, there may be a DVD/Blu-Ray of the program released.
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:39 PM

Thanks for posting this! Can't wait to see the Beach Boys episode!
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

Reunion tour, new album and TV special, almost like the good old days.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:28 PM

Here's Brian & Mike chatting with the show's host and The Beach Boys performing "In My Room," "That's Why God Made The Radio," and "Wouldn't It Be Nice" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:18 AM

Anytime I can see them, it's an honor. Kind of scary with Mike having to help Brian onstage. God they're getting so old. Thanks for posting.
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 02:16 AM

Thanks for posting. I tried to tape the show but my VCR (yes I was using one) didn't work I didn't want the whole show and was going to transfer the segments to a DVD but it didn't work out.. I am glad to see these clips for the Jimmy Fallon show. I love how Jimmy was holding their new album up, ala Dick Clark would do on American Bandstand. Lucky him to see them in person and to have the honor of introducing and interviewing them.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:11 PM

From the Beach Boys Fan Club Home page

BB REUNION ON PBS' FRONT ROW CENTER: The Beach Boys will be appearing on the PBS music series Front Row Center, on or around June 7, 2012 (see your local PBS station's listings for exact day and time). This 90-minute episode features footage from the BB's BB's May 2nd concert in St. Augustine, FL. A 2-hour special titled “The Beach Boys: Summer's Gone,” is also in the works, with a look back at their career, never-before-seen archival concert footage, and songs from their new album, That's Why God Made the Radio.

Upcoming TV Appearances:
May 16 — QVC, with a special hour-long live performance at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT)
June 6 — Tonight Show With Jay Leno, performance
June 7 — Front Row Center, “The Beach Boys: Live from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,” PBS
TBD — The Beach Boys: Summer's Gone 2-hr. special
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:51 PM

Can't wait to see these shows!
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:36 AM

By the end of The Beach Boys hour long appearance on QVC, they sold over 14,000 copies of their new album along with a bonus CD of classic hits! Wow! Astounding number but I'm not really surprised. Great songs at a great price and having the boys perform live made it exciting. They sounded great and came across very personable and were having a great time. David Marks was very endearing and is so talented. If the guys want to come to my home and perform for an hour, they have an open invite.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:21 PM

View PostSunflower1, on 19 May 2012 - 04:36 AM, said:

By the end of The Beach Boys hour long appearance on QVC, they sold over 14,000 copies of their new album along with a bonus CD of classic hits! Wow! Astounding number but I'm not really surprised. Great songs at a great price and having the boys perform live made it exciting. They sounded great and came across very personable and were having a great time. David Marks was very endearing and is so talented. If the guys want to come to my home and perform for an hour, they have an open invite.


I missed the QVC show. I hope they rerun it.

Here they are on Charlie Rose...

http://www.charliero...interview/12364

Here they
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:31 AM

I wish they would rerun the show as well as I would like to put it on DVD. I have seen the show on YouTube. Those shopping channels are 24 hour shopping and I don't think they would rerun it for enjoyment without also selling the CD's. The only time those types of channels aren't selling items is Christmas. I guess if enough people wrote in suggesting they show this show, they might on Christmas Day. It is a great show. The guys sounded great. The QVC host was a fan and was really excited for them to be there. Sometimes, she did interrupt and talk while one of the band members was answering her questions. Overall, it was a great hour. At one point Brian asks the QVC host "What do you want us to do now?" and it came across in a cute way. He seemed to enjoy the experience of being there as well as the other members.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:47 PM

The Inquirer - Philly.com
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The Beach Boys at 50: Reaching their fans through QVC

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The reunited Beach Boys, that is, who are in the early stages of a 50th-anniversary reunion tour that was to have played a sold-out show at the Borgata on Saturday before returning to the Philadelphia area for a show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on June 16. They came to the sprawling 84-acre West Chester campus of the home shopping channel to hawk That’s Why God Made the Radio, their new album due to be released June 5.

This version of the aging, archetypal California harmony-singing, 1960s surf-rock group includes three original members — songwriting giant Brian Wilson, 69; vocalist Mike Love, 71, his cousin; and guitarist Al Jardine, 69, his high school classmate. All were on board in Hawthorne, Calif., when the group’s first single, “Surfin,’ ” was released in October 1961.

When they recorded it, the group, which then included Wilson’s brothers Dennis, who died in 1983, and Carl, who died in 1998, was known as the Pendletones, a play on the brand of wool shirts. (“They itched,” Jardine remembered backstage at QVC.) But when they opened up a box of 45s, they saw that an ambitious promotions man had changed their name to the Beach Boys.

On Wednesday night at QVC, Wilson, Love and Jardine performed an hour-long set before 130 employees and guests while host Carolyn Gracie (who was not taken up on her hint that the band play Pet Sounds’ “Caroline, No” in her honor) pushed That’s Why God Made the Radio, bundled with a 10-song best-of CD for the low, low price of $19.98. At QVC, the three originals were joined by two tried-and-true cohorts.

Love and Johnston have toured together as the Beach Boys regularly. But not since 1996 have they played with Wilson, the troubled pianist, bass player, and singer whose name has the word genius attached to it more frequently than any other in pop music. Wilson, who sat at a keyboard to the left of the stage at QVC and came alive to sing a sumptuous version of “God Only Knows,” has seen his own career revive in recent years with the aid of a loving backup band who worship at the godhead of sophisticated orchestral pop; many of its members are in the superb 10-piece ensemble on this tour.

For the reunion tour to happen, multiple hatchets had to be buried. The band had started out making carefree, quintessentially optimistic American music (”Catch a Wave,” “Little Deuce Coupe” “Fun, Fun, Fun”) and then turned dark and inward-looking as Brian experimented in the mid-’60s with the psychedelic sounds in his head, first on Pet Sounds, released in May 1966, and then on its unreleased follow-up, Smile, which Brian then called a “teenage symphony to God.”

The band was mired in many lawsuits, with the Love and Wilson camps divided over ownership of the songs as well as the use of the band’s name.

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Despite that, Jardine says, he was always confident the group would get back together. “Last year I started trumpeting, playing my Gabriel horn,” he says. “Because the fans really wanted it. They were really hurting. My partners didn’t like me talking about it. Mike and Brian had to make peace with one another. All of us had to give something back.”

At QVC, the group played big hits (“Surfin’ Safari,” “California Girls”), with the thinning voices of the originals augmented, and sometimes overwhelmed, by their skilled backup harmonizers. On tour, the group has been playing 40-song sets that dig deep into its catalog, from obscurities like “All This Is That,” a song about transcendental meditation, to “Add Some Music to Your Day,” which the group sings a cappella while gathered around Wilson’s piano “like we did when we started out,” says Jardine.

Singer Bruce Johnston, 69, first played in the band in 1965, replacing Glen Campbell, who had taken the place of Brian Wilson when he withdrew from touring to concentrate on creating the yearning, beautifully arranged masterwork that is Pet Sounds. And guitarist David Marks, 63, grew up across the street from the Wilsons in Hawthorne and was already in the band as a 13-year-old when they signed with Capitol Records on July 16, 1962.

“It’s mostly for the fans,” Jardine says. “I mean, there’s a lot of money involved, don’t get me wrong. Everybody’s making oodles of money. But the fans got left way behind. Nobody wants to see the guys doing their own careers when we could be together. We literally had to make it happen. It was very delicate negotiations to get it done, and we did it. I’m proud of us.”

On stage at QVC’s studio theater, where employees of the cable channel swayed and clapped along on cue, Wilson seems largely in his own world, except when blurting out answers like “It was a creative explosion!” when prompted by Gracie to talk about his early ’60s songwriting achievements.

As the show goes on, the rest of the Beach Boys praise Wilson and make small talk as the host calls out sales figures. Meanwhile, the band plays the brilliantly constructed pop songs that Wilson wrote, though he appears largely uninvolved while fingering his keyboard parts.

“We’re like first-chair musicians in a symphony, because we’re not so shabby ourselves,” says Johnston, the only actual surfer in the core band. “But without him, what would we be?” Wilson has a way of “making difficult harmonies and chord progressions sound very seamless. It’s Brian’s way of voicing things, where we sing in the arrangements. You can’t copy the Beach Boys.”

The new single has passages of that old magic, along with awkward stretches that land with a thud. Johnston says that the album, produced by Joe Thomas, pieces together Wilson’s melodies with Love’s lyrics. “Brian had a lot of good fragments lying around. It was like putting a puzzle back together.”

Jardine calls the album “a nice little piece of work. … It’s got that Pet Sounds vibe to it. There are a couple of happy tunes in there. But it’s pretty moody. Brian is a melancholy soul. He just hears things we don’t hear. It really just pours out of his soul.”

Back in the ’60s, Jardine, who calls himself “the square of the group,” says that "LSD really expanded Brian’s music awareness. That’s a very quick ride, but the price you pay for it is very high. It wasn’t all fun and games. It changed Brian’s life forever.”

But Jardine says that music remains his old schoolmate’s lifeblood. “When he sits down at the keys, then he’s connected. Because he lives through music, and through the keyboard. It’s like his central nervous system. I don’t feel anything near that when I play the guitar.”

As the show winds down, Gracie says 8,500 CDs have been ordered (later, the tally will top 19,000 — impressive, but no match for the record 43,000 that Barry Manilow moved in an hour), and asks each band member to send a message to his fans. Johnston wishes everyone good health, “so you can come see the Beach Boys.” Love cutely adds, “And wouldn’t it be nice if you do?”

It’s Wilson’s turn, and he goes slightly off-topic. “I hope you like ‘Good Vibrations,’ because it’s our masterpiece,” he proclaims. True enough, but it’s not on the set list.

“We’ll do that one next time,” Love says, as the band starts “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” instead. The lovingly harmonized lyrics of impossible longing speak to Beach Boys fans who’ve hoped for this reunion for years: “Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray, it might come true.”

On this night at QVC, it has. And when it’s over, four Beach Boys accept handshakes and congratulations on stage, while Brian Wilson is quickly escorted out of view.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 05:12 PM

This is an accurate review of the Beach Boys' appearance on QVC. I'm glad to know that the albums sold for the day reached 19,000. On the footage I've seen at the end of their set it was a little over 14,000. I love Al Jardine's quote "But the fans got left way behind. Nobody wants to see the guys doing their own careers when we could be together. We literally had to make it happen. It was very delicate negotiations to get it done, and we did it. I’m proud of us.” I am so glad they are back together. Carolyn Gracie was a lucky lady to host them. I probably would have had a hard time staying professional while at the same time fawning over them saying "I love you guys and your music". It was a great show for the Beach Boys and for their fans.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:13 PM

Thanks for sharing the Charlie Rose show. I wish I had known that was on TV so I could have taped it as well. I loved that the Beach Boys were all relaxed and smiling and having a casual conversation as if in your living room. I just never thought it would happen with all the separate tours and lawsuits.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:34 PM

I've been looking in my TV Guide and checked my local PBS station online schedule for "Front Row Center" Beach Boys episode airing June 7. It was not listed. I called today to my local PBS station and "Front Row Center" is an American Broadcasting Company program that my PBS station will not be airing. Booo!!!!!!! If anyone hears of this program being officially released on DVD please post information on how to purchase and please share your thoughts on the program. I wonder if my PBS station will air the planned documentary as well. I am so disappointed.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:59 AM

Bummer! I hope my local PBS stations show it.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:04 PM

Tune in tonight to watch The Beach Boys on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I'm looking forward to it.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:22 PM

Tune in Friday June 15 for The Beach Boys on Good Morning America.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:11 PM

View PostSunflower1, on 14 June 2012 - 11:22 PM, said:

Tune in Friday June 15 for The Beach Boys on Good Morning America.


Missed it. Hope to see it on youtube!
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