Cruise-In gearing up for Beach Boys’ return to Utah

Tickets for the Beach Boys, featured performers at the 2011 Cache Valley Cruise-In, are selling at a steady pace. The concert at the Cache County Fairgrounds, Thursday June 30, concludes the first of three days of Cruise-In events. Formed 50 years ago, there was a time when the Beach Boys made regular concert visits to Utah, sometimes more than once a year. “We would have concerts at Lagoon at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of summer,” original member Mike Love told Dave Denton of 103.9 FM. Love said Bruce Johnston still tours with the band while another original, Al Jardine, does not. Brian Wilson wrote much of the Beach Boys music but stopped touring regularly with the band in 1964. Other original members were Brian’s brother Dennis (drummer) who died in 1983 and his brother, Carl, who passed away in 1998. The band’s current drummer is John Cowsill, formerly of the Cowsills. Mike Love’s son Christian sings some of Brian Wilson’s parts in songs like “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo”. Lead guitarist is Scott Totten. Randell Kirsch sings some of the falsetto parts. Concert Coordinator Mary Zilles said the work of her brother, Del Williams, has been instrumental in bringing the Beach Boys to Cache Valley. “He works out of LA and has been in the radio business for quite a long time. He owns his own record company. He has helped us get well-known bands in here in the past. Without him we couldn’t do it.” Zilles said tickets are available at Macey’s, Rumbi Island Grill or online at The Cache Valley Cruise-In is a rod run event held annually in Logan and is hosted by the Cache Valley Cruising Association. It started in 1982, five people organizing the first event. It has grown each successive year and attracts over 1000 vehicles which include Street Rods, Street Machines, Customs, Restored Vehicles, Motorcycles, and Trucks. Spectator attendance has risen to more than 30,000 people.

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