Summer Days and Autumn Nights

I've been shooting concerts for about fifteen years. I've shot some pretty big bands at some pretty big festivals and pretty big venues. It's been a fantastic learning experience, and I've had a blast photographing some of my heroes. But only now can I say with a straight face that I've photographed a cultural milestone.

  Maybe you've heard of them.

Maybe you've heard of them.

It was pretty funny seeing my mom get excited about me shooting a band she's actually heard of and enjoys. 

Iron Who? System of a What?
— My mom

I won't bore you with any of the band's insanely convoluted history other than to mention that lead vocalist Mike Love has been a Beach Boy since 1961, with current keyboardist/singer Bruce Johnston jumping in four years later. That's over fifty years, y'all.

  "The Beach Septuagenarians" just doesn't have the same ring.

"The Beach Septuagenarians" just doesn't have the same ring.

Okay, that's it. No more blah blah blahing or witty captions. 

 

  This is Mike Love, by the way.

This is Mike Love, by the way.

  And this is Bruce Johnston.

And this is Bruce Johnston.

  I have no idea who this guy is, but his performance suggests a background in heavy metal. That shirt tho. 

I have no idea who this guy is, but his performance suggests a background in heavy metal. That shirt tho. 

  Fun fact: there is no Caribbean island called "Kokomo."

Fun fact: there is no Caribbean island called "Kokomo."

  For that matter, there's no Caribbean island called "Bermuda" either. 

For that matter, there's no Caribbean island called "Bermuda" either. 

  It took me a while to figure out that "Mom Tea Go" was really "Montego." 

It took me a while to figure out that "Mom Tea Go" was really "Montego." 

 I lied about the captions, by the way. Sorry about that.