Dave Matthews Band opens new tour at Pavilion May 18
The Beach Boys, one of the most popular and celebrated bands to come out of America in the past century, announced a reunion tour this week, with Houston getting a set from Brian Wilson and the gang Friday, June 8 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.
The list of Beach Boys hits and chestnuts this group could reel out over the span of a two-hour concert set is mammoth. Fresh off a Grammy telecast performance that featured new kids Foster The People and Maroon 5, the group is on a 50th anniversary victory lap, reunited for the first time decades.
Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks haven't played a note together onstage since 1996. Brian's brothers, Carl and Dennis Wilson, passed away in 1998 and 1983. There is also a new studio album in the works, plus their catalog will get a spit-shine for a few re-releases. The band is also playing New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 27.
Also of note, actor John Stamos will be involved on this tour as a featured instrumentalist. Yes, that John Stamos, whom you may remember sitting in with the Boys on this Full House episode. He's been a part of the Boys' musical family for quite a few years now.
The saga of the Boys' lineup has been one of rampant music-industry confusion. Lawsuits, fights over naming rights, and "ringers" have marred the image of the touring face of the band since the '80s and Brian backing off from activity with the group.
None of this has quelled the legend of the band, especially the warped genius of Brian Wilson, who has become a godhead in his own right aside from the band as a master of melody and a survivor in the greatest sense of the word.
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The band's albums, the influential behemoth that is Pet Sounds and the kaleidoscope of sound that was SMiLE in all its many permutations -- plus that treasure trove of hits -- have kept the band on par with artists like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in terms of the groups that get a slot on rock and roll's Mount Rushmore.
Live Nation also announced that the Dave Matthews Band will open their summer 2012 tour at the Pavilion on Friday, May 18. An exclusive presale begins 10 a.m. Thursday on the DMB Warehouse Fan Association's Web site.