FORT WAYNE —
This will be the first time the Beach Boys have played Fort Wayne in over a decade.
Formed in suburban Los Angeles by brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and their friend Al Jardine, their songs about surfing, cars and romance led to 36 Top 40 songs in the 1960s. The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, have sold over 100 million records around the world and are listed at No. 12 in Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100 Artists of All Time.
Their hit songs included “I Get Around,” “Fun Fun Fun,” “Surfin' USA,” “Be True To Your School,” “Little Surfer Girl,” “Sloop John B,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Don't Worry Baby,” “Wendy,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations,” “Barbara Ann,” “Wouldn't It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Caroline, No” and “Sail On Sailor.”
In 1988, The Beach Boys had a No. 1 song again with “Kokomo,” their salute to a fictional island in the Caribbean, which has been adopted as the theme song by the Indiana city of Kokomo.
Lead singer, songwriter and band leader Mike Love is joined on tour by longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, who joined the band in 1964, as a singer and keyboard player. Dennis Wilson drowned in Los Angeles in 1983, Carl Wilson died of cancer in 1998, and Brian Wilson tours only rarely.
Tickets for the Beach Boys at Foellinger Theatre go on sale at 8 a.m. June 13 at all three Wooden Nickel Records stores, at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department office, 705 E. State Blvd., online at www.foellingertheatre.org and by phone 260-427-6000. Prices range from $39 to $99.
A limited supply of tickets remain for REO Speedwagon, Styx and Willie Nelson. Foreigner's July 12 concert still has tickets left, but only single seats.