It was a night of surf and soul as Rock Hall inductees The Beach Boys and the Four Tops played Jacobs Pavilion in the Flats on August 16th.
The large crowd was dominated by baby boomers who grew up with this timeless music. However there were many middle aged couples who brought their children to feel the good vibrations from the Beach Boys and to experience the Motown Sound of the Four Tops.
The Beach Boys are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their classic album Pet Sounds. Led by Mike Love and long time member Bruce Johnston, The Beach Boys rattled off six songs in a row without taking a break. Those songs all had a surfing theme as “Surfing Safari” opened the show; followed by “Catch a Wave,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and a great cover of Jan and Dean’s “Surf City.”
Mike Love quipped that after playing those songs he needed to have an intermission, then a nap. He also asked the audience if anyone knew his nephew Kevin. A large picture of Kevin Love was shown on the screen holding the NBA Championship trophy which got a huge roar from the crowd.
A tight six-piece band accompanied Love and Johnston. Guitarist Jeff Foskett sang a spot on version of “Don’t Worry Baby.”
As a tribute to Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson, a video of Carl singing “God Only Knows” and a rare clip of Dennis singing “Do You Want to Dance” was played while the band provided live music.
The hit parade continued as the band played 15 of their top ten hits which included: “California Girls,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Be True To Your School,” and “Kokomo.”
They closed their 30 song set with the groovy “Good Vibrations.”
After a brief exit, the band came back for the sing-a-long “Barbara Ann” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.”
The Four Tops opened the show with some great Motown soul. Although there is only one original member “Duke” Fakir in the band, the other members are keeping the legacy of the Four Tops alive.
Dressed in shiny silver pants and silver sparkled shirts, the group went through all of their patented dance moves. The spry 80 year old Fakir didn’t always do the spin moves, but he did all of the arm motions and leg kicks.
All of the classic Four Tops hits were played: “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “It’s the Same Old Song, and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I’ve Got.” They even covered Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife” where Fakir got to prove that his voice is still in fine form.
Their set ended with the classics “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).”
Both the Beach Boys and the Four Tops put on a great display of vocal harmony that helped put each band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.