Extract from The Evening Argus dated 31 May 1969
Their first performance set was 75 minutes long, over-running by 15 minutes, to the consternation of the tour manager. But the audience, enjoying the rare treat of a visit of an American act to Brighton, wanted the full Beach Boys’ hit songbook.
They got it and more. The hits came fast, with Carl, Mike and Al alternating on lead vocals, ranging from the now fairly ancient “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows” beautifully sung by Carl, to their most recent hit, “I Can Hear Music.”
The sound balance was good, and they had excellent support from an Anglo-American eight-piece band. The old myth that the group was unable to recreate their recorded sound on stage was disproved once and for all-they excelled on a medley of soft, harmony, ballade, an unaccompanied vocal, and their act closing “Good Vibrations.”
Oldies like “California Girls,” soloed by Mike Love, their first British hit, “I Get Around,” was rapturously received.
Dressed almost entirely in white, the Beach Boys still retain something of their original surfing, beach party image. Meditator-in-chief Mike Love looked like a guru in flowing white robe.
Susie from Brighton remembers…
My school friend Jane and I went to see the Beach Boys at the Brighton Dome I was 13 years old.
When they started to play I remember melting into my seat lost in sheer wonderment. I could not believe that they were live in front of us, not on a black and white TV set.
My parents had arranged for us to be collected by our local taxi driver Ginger, when we found him he was parked outside the Theatre Royal fast asleep.