Yes, the lads are pushing 60, maybe even 65. Yes, I used to love their music. But their high-profile performance tonight in front of the U.S. Capitol stands as Exhibit A of why old musical groups should just fade away. I thought I had a tracking problem with my DVD, until I realize the performance was live.
Who’s the lead singer these days, Mike Love? Gawd, his singing was so pitchy, dawg, it was beyond painful. I know the group has been to hell and back, but wowsa. Terrible.
For Beach Boy scholars, who’s missing from the group that used to give its distinctive melodies? Is it Brian Wilson or his drummer brother who tied everything together harmonically, or is tonight’s performance just the sad result of aging vocal cords?