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The Beach Boys played The Chicago Theatre (night 1 setlist)

The Beach Boys @ Chicago Theatre on 5/21/2012 (photo by Steven Loos)
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On Monday night (5/21), The Beach Boys played their first of two Chicago Theatre shows on their 50th anniversary tour. This is the group’s first full run with Brian Wilson along for the ride in decades. Like in NYC, they kicked things off with the very appropriate “Do It Again” off 1969’s 20/20, before diving into some of their early ’60s material including “Catch a Wave,” “Hawaii,” “Don’t Back Down,” “Surfin’ Safari,” and others.

After a brief intermission, the band began a second set with “Add Some Music to Your Day” off 1970’s Sunflower, followed by a cover of The Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin’.” Next came “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” from 1966’s Pet Sounds, which they revisited later in the set to perform “God Only Knows.” Smiley Smile was represented with “Heroes and Villains” and “Good Vibrations,” as was 1965’s Summer Days with the singles “California Girls” and “Help Me, Rhonda.” Their new single “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” off their forthcoming album of the same name, made its way into the second set, as did covers of Chuck Berry’s “Rock and Roll Music” and Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Wanna Dance?” The band returned for an encore, which included “Kokomo,” “Barbara Ann,” and “Fun Fun Fun.”

The Beach Boys play The Chicago Theatre again tonight (5/22). Check out their full 44-song setlist from Monday night’s show below…


The Beach Boys – 5/21 Chicago Theatre setlist:

First Set
Do It Again
Catch a Wave
Hawaii
Don’t Back Down
Surfin’ Safari
Surfer Girl
Please Let Me Wonder
Marcella
Wendy
Then I Kissed Her
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers cover)
When I Grow Up (to be a Man)
Cottonfields (Lead Belly cover)
It’s OK
Little Honda
Be True to Your School
Disney Girls
Kiss Me, Baby
Don’t Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
409
Shut Down
I Get Around

Second Set
Add Some Music to Your Day
California Dreamin’ (The Mamas & the Papas cover)
Sloop John B
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times
Forever
Sail On Sailor
All This is That
Heroes and Villains
That’s Why God Made the Radio
In My Room
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations
California Girls
Help Me Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry cover)
Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
Surfin’ USA
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Kokomo
Barbara Ann (The Regents cover)
Fun Fun Fun

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