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Review: Beach Boys at the Virginia
December 18, 2014
The News Gazette
Champaign, Illinois



We asked Terry Hawkins, owner of Skins 'n' Tins, for his take on Monday's Beach Boys concert in Champaign:

I've always enjoyed the Beach Boys music but never had the chance to see them live. When it was announced they would be performing at the Virginia, I would finally get my chance to see them. The day started with drummer John Cowsill from The Cowsills, I'm sure you remember the family band from the 1960s-'70s. He showed up at Skins 'n' Tins drum shop and we spent the afternoon talking drums, then we walked over to the Virginia and I met the band Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and the guys.

The sold-out crowd was treated to a three-hour visual and musical history of the band. Playing every Beach Boys song you've ever heard on the radio. "Pisces," a song written by Mike in tribute to George Harrison about the time they spent together with the Maharishi in India. Both Mike and George Harrison were Pisces.

The band played along to vocal and video tracks of Carl Wilson singing "God Only Knows." Also, lost footage of drummer Dennis Wilson singing and drumming.

Some humor was mixed in throughout the show about aging but still rocking and rolling for the supporting fans. Yes, there was plenty of dancing along to the music. Great rock 'n' roll music has no age limits there were young and older fans enjoying the evening.

Terry Hawkins





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