It was 1962 when The Beach Boys released their explosive debut Surfin' and 1968 when The Beach Boys first graced the Auditorium Theatre stage. Almost 50 years later, The Beach Boys continue performing with the same bold imagination and style that made them one of the most influential bands in history.
"It has been 38 years since the last time we welcomed The Beach Boys to the Auditorium," said Batterson. "We are thrilled to bring this iconic band back to our landmark stage; we couldn't think of a better way to kickoff the summer."
Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, from New Year's celebrations to international performances. In 1974 Mike Love's concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.
Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded as a singer's singer, Johnston's vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock's elite artists.
The Beach Boys have had a myriad of successes, including the epoch-shifting Pet Sounds masterpiece in 1966, the Golden Globe nominated "Kokomo" in 1988 and their induction that same year into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, worldwide album sales reaching far beyond 100 million and the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 (along with The Who, Bob Marley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Les Paul).
In addition to founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards)-Christian Love (guitar/vocals), Randell Kirsch (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals) round out the band.
Tickets for the Auditorium Theatre performance are $75, $65, $55, $35 and $30.* Tickets are available at the Auditorium Theatre box office at 50 E. Congress Parkway and at all Ticketmaster outlets online at Ticketmaster.com/Auditorium, or by phone at 800-982-ARTS (2787). Doors open one-hour prior to show start time.
*Additional fees may apply.
About the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, located at 50 E. Congress Parkway, is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural and community programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre. For more information about programming, volunteer and donor opportunities or theater tours, call 312-922-2110 or visitwww.auditoriumtheatre.org