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Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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The Beach Boys Are Back

Kristi Kates - May 19th, 2014  

Family-favorite ‘60s surf-rock band The Beach Boys are still cruising today, heading to Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey and bringing their pet sounds with them.

SUMMER TREK

Doesn’t matter which generation you’re from – The Beach Boys’ music always conjures up carefree summers, sock hops, and of course, the beach.

Now touring with Mike Love in the frontman position (Brian Wilson retired from touring with the band in 2012), the band includes Bruce Johnston, guitarist Scott Totten, bass player Randall Kirsh, keyboardist Tim Bonhomme, and The Cowsills’s John Cowsill on drums and vocals.

“Plus a surprise returning band member – stay tuned,” said Love, one of the band’s original members.

Love said that today’s touring is a far cry from the ‘60s and ‘70s: Now, it’s better.

“In my opinion, technology allows us to deliver a better experience to our fans, both visually and acoustically,” he said. “Forty to 50 years ago, production standards weren’t nearly what they are today. And we are fortunate to have an excellent crew.”

EVERYBODY NOW!

The Beach Boys’ remarkably long list of hit songs are requested at each and every show, no matter where in the world they play.

“We get requests for ‘I Get Around,’ ‘California Girls,’ ‘Surfin’ USA,’ ‘Fun Fun Fun,’ which turned 50 years old this year,” Love said. “There are so many.”

The band’s harmonies are instantly recognizable, and distinguish the group from others, Love said.

“I think that has a lot to with the longevity of popularity of the music spanning multiple generations,” he said. “I also believe that songs speak of subjects that so many can relate to.”

But after 50 years of playing the same songs, do Love and his bandmates ever simply get tired of the repetition? Not with fans chiming in. Love said that the mass singalongs have always been one of his favorite parts of playing live.

“‘Kokomo,’ for instance, was one of our biggest hits, and is a great singalong song,” he said. “I enjoy audience participation. It’s inspiring to me to see the audience engaging along with us.”

LEGACY POP

In addition to their huge fan base, The Beach Boys have also amassed a whole lot of honors since they started back in 1961. Their albums are regularly included on “best of ” lists.

They’ve been awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and an American Music Award of Merit.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they’ve got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

And they’ve influenced countless other musicians of all genres, from The Beatles and The Who to R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Beck, Daft Punk, and MGMT.

Back when brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson formed the band with their cousin, Love, original bassist Al Jardine, and childhood pal David Marks, did they ever think that they’d still be in such demand five decades later?

“No one ever dreamed that The Beach Boys would become a lasting musical force in American music history,” Love said. “What started out as our hobby became our profession. We have a lot to be grateful for.”

The Beach Boys will be in concert at the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey on Fri., May 23 at 8pm. For more, visit odawacasino.com or thebeachboys.com.

 
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