Beach Boys Plan Tour to Celebrate 50 Years of ‘Fun Fun Fun’

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys will celebrate 50 years of their indelible summer smash “Fun Fun Fun” with a sprawling tour that will take them across North America and parts of Europe throughout the summer and fall.

The trek kicks off May 25th at the Belvedere Festival Park in Louisville, Kentucky. After a few European dates, the group will return stateside for a gig at Jones Beach in Long Island, New York that will feature special appearances from Al Jardine and David Marks.

“Year after year, it’s been a great source of inspiration to see the happiness our music has brought to multiple generations of Beach Boys fans in so many parts of the world,” Mike Love said in a statement. “This summer I’m particularly excited for the Jones Beach show, which is such a terrific, iconic venue. It will be very special to share the stage with some old friends and bandmates, Al Jardine and David Marks.”

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via Beach Boys Plan Tour to Celebrate 50 Years of ‘Fun Fun Fun’ | Music News | Rolling Stone.

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Rick Springfield’s Guide to Writing

Rick Springfield

Now that I am officially a novelist as well as a musician, people ask me the difference between writing a song versus writing a book.

I can sum it up in one word: Girls.

OK, maybe a few more words than that. No one’s going to publish a 34-word essay. I could sum it up by saying the difference between penning a song and penning a novel is the same as picking your nose versus blowing it. Although one clears the sinuses better than the other, both provide some degree of satisfaction and sense of a job well done. Too obtuse? OK, let’s move on.

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via Rick Springfield’s guide to writing – Salon.com.

Paul Goddard, Bass Player With Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dies at 68

Atlanta Rhythm Section

Paul Goddard, the bass player and a founding member of the stylish Southern rock band the Atlanta Rhythm Section, died Tuesday of cancer in Atlanta, the group’s manager, Len Fico, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 68.

Goddard performed on such ARS hits as “So Into You,” “Imaginary Lover,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” “Do It or Die” and the remake of the Classics IV’s “Spooky.”

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via Paul Goddard, Bass Player With Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dies at 68 | Billboard.