PROVO -- What could be more American than a Beach Boys reunion? The group, including founding members and music writers Brian Wilson and Mike Love, will join to celebrate 50 years of music at the Stadium of Fire in Provo on July 4.
The show is at Lavell Edwards Stadium, with Scotty McCreery, who in 2011 won the Fox singing championship "American Idol," also performing.
The Beach Boys formed in Hawthorne, Calif., when brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson joined forces with Mike Love and Al Jardine as high schoolers. Current member Bruce Johnston joined later, as did David Marks. The group was signed to Capitol Records in 1962, and helped start the vocal harmonizing side of the surf music craze.
Brian Wilson was the band's sonic and lyrical mastermind -- and also a ground-breaking arranger and recording engineer. The band had a string of sunny and poignant hits, with songs like "Good Vibrations," Fun, Fun, Fun," "Surfer Girl," Surfin' Safari" and "In My Room" as part of their legacy.
Brian Wilson suffered from mental-health and substance-abuse problems and performed with the band only periodically after 1966. Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983, and Carl Wilson passed away from cancer in 1998. The surviving members are coming together for the 4th of July show, and are also working together on a new album.
The cost of the show is $25-$120, with tickets available now at www.freedomdestival.org.