Sunday 18 November 2018

Beach Boys still far from washed up . .

Jill Mellor

A TOWN rocked to "Good Vibrations" yesterday as thousands flocked to witness what could well be The Beach Boys last performance in Ireland.

After 40 years in the business they continue to be a big hit with crowds across the planet as they "Get Around" and bring "Fun, Fun, Fun" to each and every venue.

Joined by the legendary Don McLean and Ireland's own Brian Kennedy, The Beach Boys concert was the inaugural live music event for Hyde Park, Roscommon.

Despite now having just one member of the original line-up, Mike Love, The Beach Boys have retained a huge following across the world and many of the crowd at Hyde Park have been fans throughout the group's 40 year history.

Yet the festivities weren't just the reserve of the older generation with a new wave of Beach Boys and Don McLean fans also taking a slice of the pie among the 15,000-strong crowd.

Over 30 years after first releasing the anthem "American Pie", Don McLean was back to his best as his deep throated vocals filled the air across Hyde Park drifting into the surrounding streets of Roscommon town.

His timeless hits "Vincent" and "Crying" brought those on the pitch to their feet as he crooned his way through his now legendary collection of songs.

The party truly got into swing as The Beach Boys took to the stage. Captained by the ageless Mike Love, they average around 150 shows a year and continue to command an amazing stage presence.

Yesterday's success means the midlands venue looks set to play host to major international names for at least another four years.

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