By Riley Manning
TUPELO – There were plenty of good vibrations Friday as the seemingly immortal Beach Boys took the stage at the BancorpSouth Arena.
The capacity crowd of 2,962 was decked in Hawaiian garb and jumped up with the opening chords of “Do It Again.”
The surf safari cruised along through “Good To My Baby” and “Little Honda,” and by “Catch a Wave” a few beach balls had found their way into the crowd. “Surfer Girl” drew couples into the aisles, to sway cheek to cheek while surfers rode sunny waves in slow motion behind the band.
The Beach Boys were joined by guest John Stamos, who found plenty of love from the north Mississippi crowd. The “Full House” star flitted across the stage, showing his skills on both drums and guitar.
For Saltillo’s Virginia and Andy Hoenig, the concert served as the perfect birthday present. The husband and wife claimed to be longtime The Beach Boys fans.
“They get you going,” she said. “Jumping and moving. My favorite song? ‘California Girls.’”
Andy, a New York native, remembered the first time he saw The Beach Boys in Long Island, just after he graduated high school in 1962.
“I’ve been a fan ever since,” he said. “You can always expect to have a good time with The Beach Boys.”
Barney Harris of Pontotoc and Jimmy Grisham of Tupelo came to see the show with their families. For them, The Beach Boys’ 1966 album “Pet Sounds” changed the way they listened to music.
“I remember carrying that album to play at a party,” Harris said. “No one had ever heard it before, and they flipped out over it. My own kids didn’t think they’d like it, but I made them listen to it, and all of a sudden it’s ‘disappeared.’”
Harris, a California native, said The Beach Boys captured the idyllic mood of the beach scene in the 1960s.
“We were real surf nuts back then, and ‘Pet Sounds’ was it for us,” he said. “You can’t get any bigger than The Beach Boys. Those harmonies, they’re just incredible.”