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High Voltage in Hampton Beach July 8, 2016

High Voltage in Hampton Beach - July 8, 2016

Hampton Beach Casino faces the great Atlantic Ocean. Since 1965, Bruce Johnston told the very pumped audience, The Beach Boys have performed in this New Hampshire Seacoast area

Seasonal sand sculptors visit, and marry art to nature every summer. There is regular outdoor entertainment on the boardwalk where you can visit ocean view restaurants, play in the arcades, have a drink or even friend dough.

Last night we had had a magic seven from the enchanting Pet Sounds, including the instrumental version during intermission. Those outside could hear the strains of sound check. Delish.

Behind the venue in the parking lot, a 1946 “woodie" beach wagon. We had one of those old tanks which I remember being stuck in the sand somewhere on the Cape as a young child. As I recall, my mother nearly killed my father that afternoon for driving on the beach.

As a great BB fan couple were scoping out the vehicle, BB Bruce strolled over to check it out, as well and autograph the passenger side door and posed for some photos. A harmonic convergence of sorts. A woodie, a BB and a zealous fan photo op.

This tour run has included "Uncle Jesse…” I could hear the parking attendant exclaim that OMG - he had just seen Uncle Jesse!

And the setlist…from that strolling BB.

Surfin’ Safari
Catch A Wave
Do It Again
Surf City
Surfin’ USA

Surfer Girl

Summer in Paradise - focus on live-saving Clean Water project scarf/shawl fundraiser for underdeveloped nations.

Then I Kissed Her
Dance, Dance, Dance - didn’t we all dance out the door of high school?

So Young
Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
When I Grow Up to be a Man

Be True to your School
In My Room
Getcha Back
Don’t Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
Shut Down
I Get Around

Intermission - Pet Sounds instrumental - the track

California Dreamin’
California Girls
I’m Waiting for the Day - a Pet Sounds stunner - Musical Director Scott Totten on lead

Here Today - letter perfect percussion from John Cowsill where the studio meets the live context. Bravo!

You Still Believe in Me - one of my favorites - Ike on lead. Amazing.

Sloop John B - the sparkler with Randy Leago on flute
Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Caroline, No - Jeff Foskett on lead

God Only Knows - the irreplaceable beloved Carl Wilson on lead - and Carl intro’d by Stamos.

This makes heavenly seven Pet Sounds...well-received by the crowd. Eight would be just great!

Pisces Brothers

Forever - the Dennis classic - popularized by John Stamos on his Full House wedding, in global syndication, reaching multiple new generations. Gotta love it. And a Dennis Two Lane Blacktop shot at the close. Nice.

All Summer Long - snapshots from the LP cover could resemble the other coast - the Atlantic beach coast!

Help Me Rhonda
Do You Wanna Dance

Rock and Roll Music - if you wanna dance in Hampton Beach to The Beach Boys- since 1965!


Good Vibrations in his 50th year as well - with some karaoke-style on-screen lyrics.

Encore - a thunderous one!

Summertime Blues - No dice - cause you gotta work late!

Barbara Ann - with the Hampton Beach dancers. John Stamos brought a developmentally challenged young man to “play” his guitar for the encore, providing a lifetime photo with a great back story. He was onstage with the BB’s and next to Uncle Jesse!

Fun, Fun, Fun - in Hampton Beach.

Hampton Beach loves the Beach Boys - and proved an electric audience. High voltage from the first beat.


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