Beach boys bury hatchet
The Beach Boys, from left, Al Jardine, Mike Love, Bruce Johnson, Brian Wilson and David Marks. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian.

Once it would have been impossible to get all surviving members of the Beach Boys in the same room without lawyers present.

Yesterday, the famously feuding cousins of America's greatest pop band, Brian Wilson and Mike Love, and fellow founding member, Al Jardine, plus long-time band mates Bruce Johnston and David Marks, sat around a table in a suite at the Crown Metropol chatting like old poker buddies.

The Beach Boys have buried the hatchet and reunited for an album and world tour to celebrate 50 years since the Californians released debut album, Surfin' Safari.

Tonight's show at The Dome at Crown Perth will be the 72nd and third-last date on an epic pop safari that began back in April.

"We're lucky to be here, I gotta tell you," Jardine said of the veterans, all of whom have hit 70, apart from guitarist Marks.

"You get a little tired with all the travel, but the second you hit the stage, fatigue goes on hold," Johnston added.

The Beach Boys have been performing age-defying gigs of more than 50 songs spanning their entire career, from early hits Surfin' USA and Little Deuce Coupe to their peerless pop symphony, Good Vibrations.

Love said it was important to cover all bases, from the biggest hits to the more esoteric material - and even much-derided 1988 single Kokomo.

"There's fans that own everything we've ever done and know more about our music than maybe some of us do," he said.

"People often ask us if we ever get tired of doing those songs. I certainly don't because it evokes such a great response from the crowd."

Wilson's late brothers, Carl and Dennis, are incorporated into the show using old footage and audio.

"It's an emotional experience for me," he said. "I miss them a lot and it truly comes off beautiful."

The new album, That's Why God Made the Radio, features their trademark harmonies, which the band insist they can still nail live alongside their nine-piece touring ensemble.

"There's a lot of similarities to the sound we're creating today as there was in the mid-60s," Love said.

The Beach Boys play The Dome at Crown Perth tonight. Tickets at Ticketek.

The West Australian

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