THE BEACH BOYS
Surf and love
Few bands have had more influence in the history of music than the Beach Boys, a legendary line-up that competed with (and even surpassed) The Beatles at the top of the 60s pop revolution. Commanded by one of their creative minds, and main voice, Mike Love, co-author of unforgettable songs like “Kokomo”, they arrive in Barcelona more than 50 years after the launch of “Pet Sounds”, arguably the best album in popular music’s history.
Formed in the late 50s in Hawthorne, California, the Beach Boys sounded like fresh air, sun, beach and lots, lots of surfing, a lifestyle and a musical genre that, mixed with their original rock ‘n’ roll, led them to success, thanks to the original harmonies of their multiple voices and their catchy and lively rhythms. “Surfin ‘Safary”, “Surfin’ USA”, “Fun, Fun, Fun”, “I Get Around” and “Help Me Rhonda” are among many other hits they produced in that first prolific era, a decade with an enormous creative effervescence on each side of the ocean.
“Pet Sounds” (1966), which includes memorable songs such as “Would not It Be Nice”, definitively elevated their creative perspectives to a more baroque sound, with fusion elements where jazz and avant-garde sounds contributed to generate a psychedelic set that would also be the formula for success. The next step in the aim of bringing popular music to its creative peak was “Good Vibrations”, the most expensive single ever recorded to date, which was nominated to four Grammy Awards.
Six years after publishing their latest album (“That’s Why God Made the Radio”), the Beach Boys, leaded by Love, return in 2017 to fill the stage with 60s nostalgia, but with the same imaginative spirit that marked its great debut more than five decades ago.