One of America’s most iconic bands, the Beach Boys, did a very special Q&A led by Rob Reiner at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA on July 30. The Beach Boys Town Hall reunited all five living Beach Boys: Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, David Marks, and Bruce Johnston. This was the first time all members have been together since The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour which ended in 2012. With Capitol Records being the label that put out the Beach Boys' music, this was the perfect location for this very exclusive interview. In fact, the band was Capitol’s first rock group. In honor of nostalgia, Love, Johnston, and Marks were all sporting matching striped shirts like the band wore in the early days.
After the Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour concluded, Love and Johnston continued touring as the Beach Boys while Wilson and Jardine toured together. This event goes hand and hand with the Beach Boys channel on Sirius XM and the release of their newest album The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic released June 8. During the Q&A, the audience got to listen to “California Girls,” “Fun Fun Fun,” and “Good Vibrations” with the band giving commentary on each one.
From questions on who the group would have liked to have collaborated with to how the Beatles inspired one another, and how they would like to be remembered, Reiner conducted one unforgettable interview.
The Beach Boys were formed in Hawthorne, CA in 1961 and went to become one of the best-selling groups worldwide with over 100 million albums sold and over 80 charting hits. As far as accolades go, they were inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award 1998, five songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone’s number 12 on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Pet Sounds holds the second ranking on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and had the longest string of number one hits from 1966’s “I Get Around” to 1988’s “Kokomo.”