The Beach Boys Reunite
Hope: Even without the late Carl and Dennis Wilson, the Beach Boys have the ability to put together a pretty amazing show. Their decision to primarily use Brian Wilson's backing band is extremely wise. Jeff "The CEO of Falsetto" Foskett is a huge help with the harmonies, and the group can expertly play any song in the band's vast catalog. We hope that the show features a suite of songs from Smile and Pet Sounds, and even some of the better songs from the 1970s. The surviving Beach Boys have been touring in bitterly competing camps for well over a decade. We really hope this reunion is a joyful experience for the fans and the band.
Fear: If Brian is being pushed into these shows against his will, the whole thing could turn into a trainwreck. Offstage squabbles will surely affect the chemistry onstage, and the whole thing might turn into a long, contractually obligated slog. Also, we're worried the setlist will be nothing but the big hits. There's easily enough of them to fill out an entire set.