The Beach Boys clobber Chicago— Backstage with band expert Mike Eder

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Beach Boys expert Mike Eder is interviewed about the group’s sold-out Chicago show during their acclaimed 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. The Elvis Presley author also offers analysis of “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and loads more. Clockwise from top center — Brian, Al Jardine, Dennis Wilson, Mike, and Carl Wilson are vividly rendered as the late ’70s-era bearded Beach Boys. Image Credit: Sketch by Marcus Oakley
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Founding Beach Boy Al Jardine savors the audience’s love and generosity during the group’s 50th Anniversary Tour stop on May 21, 2012, at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Photography by Justin Sosa

The Mike Eder Interview

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Beach Boys frontman Mike Love displays plenty of bling and a blue denim baseball cap while singing at the Chicago Theatre on May 21, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. Photography by Paul Natkin / WireImage
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Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson grins from cheek to cheek during the reunited Beach Boys’ May 21, 2012, 50th Anniversary concert at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Photography by Paul Natkin / WireImage
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Mike Love, Brian Wilson, David Marks, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys convene around Wilson’s white piano to tackle “Sunflower” jewel “Add Some Music to Your Day” at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, on May 21, 2012. Photography by Paul Natkin / WireImage
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cBeach Boy founding members David Marks and Mike Love catch a wave on the first night of a sold out two-show residency at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, on May 21, 2012. Photography by Justin Sosa
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On April 25, 2012, the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary kick-started into overdrive with the distribution of “That’s Why God Made the Radio” as the lead single from the album of the same name. The A-side garnered Adult Contemporary play at No. 30, their best chart action since a No. 16 AC duet with Contemporary Christian singer Kathy Troccoli on “I Can Hear Music” 16 years earlier. Image Credit: Starline — The Beach Boys on 45 [Netherlands] / Capitol Records
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Clockwise from top center: rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, bassist-keyboardist Bruce Johnston, drummer Dennis Wilson, lead guitarist Carl Wilson, and heavily bearded guru-lead singer Mike Love are the Beach Boys post-”Sunflower” in late 1970. Image Credit: Brother Records
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Lead guitarist Carl Wilson, keyboardist Brian Wilson, rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, drummer Ricky Fataar, drummer Dennis Wilson, guitarist-bassist Blondie Chaplin, and frontman Mike Love are the Beach Boys for the Portugal single 45 cover coupling “ California Saga [On My Way to Sunny Californ-i-a]” and “Funky Pretty,” distributed on April 16, 1973, to limited commercial reception at No. 84 Pop, No. 37 UK. Photography by Ed Thrasher / 45Cat user Dr. Doom / Brother Records
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Brian Wilson temporarily straps on a bass guitar for the Beach Boys’ encore of “Barbara Ann” as Mike Love supplies authentic harmonies on May 21, 2012, at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Photography by Justin Sosa
Click to hear the Beach Boys deliver a mesmerizing, A cappella take of “Add Some Music to Your Day,” a gem co-written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and friend Joe Knott from “Sunflower,” a group-produced album unleashed on August 31, 1970, to indifferent public reception but rightly reviewed as a mini masterpiece in the 21st century [No. 151 POP, No. 29 UK]. Video Credit: Brother Records

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