Personal/Musical: The Beach Boys at Rockford's Metro Center
Out at the Metro Center in Rockford, with Lisa Bader, having driven up for the Beach Boys' "Sunkist 25th Anniversary Tour" show. A great show, with not-so-great seats, we made our way from the back around to the right side of the stage (as view from the audience, that is), where we could see a lot better. Beach balls bouncing around the crowd with abandon, it was easy to join into the general dancing of the crowd as classic after classic poured forth. Afterwards, we made an abortive attempt to find the "Lazers" club that would let in under-agers, but neither of us quite knew where it was. Having just finished my junior year of high school and not knowing any better, we grabbed food at McDonalds before driving home, talking through the night as we went down the east side of the river. The setlist went something like:
01. Good Vibrations 02. Getcha Back 03. Sloop John B. 04. Darlin 05. Dance Dance Dance 06. Wouldn't It Be Nice 07. God Only Knows 08. In My Room 09. Come & Go With Me 10. Do It Again 11. 409 12. Little GTO 13. Little Old Lady From Pasadena 14. Little Deuce Coupe 15. Hey Little Cobra 16. Shut Down 17. I Get Around 18. Surfer Girl 19. Heaven 20. California Dreamin 21. Help Me Rhonda 22. California Girls 23. Be True To Your School 24. Surfin Safari 25. Hawaii 26. Catch A Wave 27. Surf City 28. Surfin USA
Encore: 29. Rock And Roll To The Rescue 30. Rock And Roll Music 31. Barbara Ann 32. Fun Fun Fun
Writing from July 2007, where this show came to mind and I went looking for any kind of record of it....