All surviving members of The Beach Boys have reunited this year for the band's 50th Anniversary, embarking on a world tour and releasing an all-new album to boot: That's Why God Made The Radio, which debuted at a career-high Number 3 on the Billboard chart. While hardly boys anymore, the group blasts through a lengthy show that crams 40 songs into two sets averaging around 70 minutes each. Though the concert pauses for moments of subtlety and the occasional deep cut, towards the end, it all dissolves into an unrelenting barrage of hits, pummeling the audience with one after another, underlining just how many of the band's sing-along chart-toppers are now deeply woven into the American psyche. It's really quite something to experience, and with that in mind, we stopped in on the tour when it hit the Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater recently. Look for a full article on the tour in an upcoming issue of Pro Sound News.
The Audio Team (l-r): Mark Newman, FOH engineer; Clint Boire, monitor engineer; Michael "Zazzy" Czaszwicz, Pro Tools recording engineer; Michael Mordente, system engineer; John Bracken, A1
A heavily-decorated box of in-ear systems at monitorworld. The tour finds the band using Sennheiser wireless packs with a combination of Future Sonics and Ultimate Ears ear buds, while Brian Wilson and Al Jardine hear themselves via single d&b audiotechnik M4 wedges.
(l-r) Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, all belting into Telefunken's M80 wood-finished vocal mics. The band is the first to tour with the new mics.
Brian Wilson, watching the Boys' original guitar player, David Marks.
Mark Newman (left) and Michael Mordente at the Yamaha PM5D console with DSP5D at Front of House. The tour's audio provider is North Hollywood, CA-based Schubert Systems Group.