It was a beautiful partly sunny day when we got in line for the Beach Boys show. The concept of this show was that Fairfield is one of the top 50 green cities. The show was powered by bio-fuel, recycle stations were set up and everyone was encouraged to bike or walk to the concert.
Mike Love - who has Fairfield ties - had come up with the concept of having a celebration of green day at the same time Fairfield planned to launch an incentive for going even greener. So the two were merged and Mike was deemed "Energy Czar of Fairfield." Mike responded that he would rather be emperor "because you know what happen to the czar." LOL
By the time the BB's took stage, the sun was out fully which made for a hot dance floor. The show lasted two hours and from the first note, the crowd of at least 4,000 was in heaven. People danced on every song - slow or fast. I think Mike only talked twice, other than that it was song after song and song!
The senior class was required to work at the show, so there were hundreds of lime green shirted kids leading waves, sways, and dances. Some also joined the guys onstage for "Barbara Ann."
John was supreme as usual. He joined the seniors wearing the official "Team Beach Boys - Good Vibrations - September 7, 2009 Fairfield, IA" shirt. He only sang lead on "Darlin'" and "Help Me Rhonda," but his drumming was amazing.
Now here came a new one for me. At the end, everyone had left the stage and John came to the front and threw out two sets of drum sticks to the crowd and they went wild again.
On a personal note, I was sharing this show with my brother and sister-in-law for the first time. (Mom was there, but she's seen them before several times and is already a John fan.) You know how you always have that thought "What if they don't like it?" Well no worries! They loved it and I think we now have two more John fans. My brother was also very impressed with Randell's falsetto.
P. S. Bruce didn't play in his usual slot. In fact, at first I thought he wasn't there. He was on the far- far right and I couldn't get any shots of him. Sorry!
P. S. S. Kudos to everyone involved in the show. This was truely a first of anything NEAR this size/type for the little town of Fairfield. The organizers got it perfect first time in my opinion. Also the sound guy - I love you! You did a marvelous job on this show. (Note: This is probably the same guy I was giving dirty looks to at the show a month ago. hee)
P. S. S. S. The Hawk Eye out of Burlington, Iowa wrote of the show:
The Beach Boys, centered around originals Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, included lead guitarist and music director Scott Totten, keyboardist Tim Bonhomme, Randell Kirsch on bass, guitarist Christian Love -- son of Mike Love -- and John Cowsill on drums.
You remember the Cowsills. Sure you do -- that family band with the hit "Hair."
Cowsill provided perfect surf drums for the two-hour concert, keeping many of the more than 4,000 concertgoers up and prancing the entire time.
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