The Bootleg Beach Boys play the Olympia Theatre on Saturday May 28th.
They perform selections of classic hits and cult favourites from California's most famous band. From surf themed anthems such as "Surfin' Safari" and "Surfer Girl" to classic muscle car memorable's like "Shut Down" and "Fun Fun Fun", the band has gathered an impressive repertoire of west coast, harmony laden songs, that evoke the spirit and essence of the pursuit of the 1960s American dream.
Don't be fooled by the groups admittedly tongue in cheek name, this band consists of a well-seasoned line up of multi- instrumentalists / vocalists.
The brain child of Joe Mullins (Beatles for Sale, Inertia 66, The Last Waltz) who serves as the groups fastidious musical director (as well as playing an impressive array of instruments). Joe also voices the sweet tones of Al Jardine and Bruce Johnson.
Damian Butler (plays Levon Helm in The Last Waltz and also plays in Now that's Live!) plays drums and percussion, giving the band that infectious '60's beat, and voices the parts of Dennis Wilson and Mike Love to boot.
Mark Maguire and Joe Leech (Bipolar Empire and Lunar) add the sweet harmonies that make The Beach Boys so instantly recognisable, and play lead guitar and bass respectively. Between them they capture the vocal resemblance of Al Jardine, Bruce Johnson and Mike love, a mean feat considering the vocal range of their calibre!
Fran King (The Classic Beatles, The Get Back Show, and Edisons) adds the high register of Brian & Carl Wilson to the combo, playing Bass and Acoustic guitar.
The band tackle such classics as "In my room, God only knows, Good Vibrations, Help me Rhonda" in their hit heavy set, but also pay homage to the genius of Brian Wilson in the form of selections from the seminal "Pet Sounds", and cult favourites from the legendary "Smile" album.
This blend of five vocals and infectious sun soaked gems, makes for a memorable night of some of the finest music committed to tape over four decades.
The Bootleg Beach Boys play the Olympia Theatre on Saturday May 28th. Tickets from €23.00 including booking fee go on sale Friday February 5th from Ticketmaster. Additional fees may apply in certain circumstances.