The Beach Boys Documentary Arrives on Disney+ — Endless Summer Gold Tour Continues

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A new documentary celebrating the Beach Boys arrives on Disney+ from director Frank Marshall and producer Irving Azoff.

The Beach Boys — brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, along with cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine — revolutionized group vocals in the 1960s with their SoCal sound with hits like “Good Vibrations,” “I Get Around,” and “Surfin’ USA.” And now, a new documentary from director Frank Marshall focuses on the band as a whole, blending a range of voices to tell a more complete story. “The Beach Boys” is available to stream now on Disney+.

“It was the blend of everything,” Marshall tells The Associated Press. “It’s the blend not only of the family story, but the blend of harmonies. If you took one element out, you wouldn’t have the Beach Boys.”

Marshall’s documentary aims to elevate the voice of each member of the Beach Boys; the media has often focused on the eldest brother, Brian Wilson, for his “unmatched musical imagination” and innovation. While Marshall’s documentary doesn’t downplay Wilson’s musical acumen, it emphasizes that he was not alone in his endeavors.

The documentary also focuses on the band’s darker times, such as when the Wilsons’ father and early band manager sold the Beach Boys’ music catalog for $700,000 in 1969 without their consent. Dennis Wilson drowned in Los Angeles at age 30 in 1984, while Carl Wilson died of cancer at age 51 in 1998. It also examines the health struggles that have impacted Brian Wilson and his ability to make music; the 81-year-old musician is being placed under a legal conservatorship due to a “major neurocognitive disorder.”

Marshall’s film, which the director says he had long dreamed of making — it was Irving Azoff’s acquisition of the band’s music rights that ultimately enabled the film’s creation — also includes interviews with early Beach Boys David Marks and Bruce Johnston, and famous fans like Janelle Monae, Lindsey Buckingham, and Don Was.

Currently, the Beach Boys have been busy on their Endless Summer Gold Tour, which kicked off in February in Honolulu, and wraps up in September in Nashville. Actor and musician John Stamos joins the band for 16 of these shows, including their stop at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey on June 1. Stamos will perform on dates between May 30 to June 20, July 5 to July 7, and August 30 to September 1.

The Beach Boys Endless Summer Gold Tour

May

  • 24 | Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater — Bridgeport, CT
  • 25 | Saratoga Performing Arts Center — Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 26 | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion — Gilford, NH
  • 27 | Point of the Bluff Vineyards — Hammondsport, NY
  • 30 | St. George Theatre — Staten Island, NY *with John Stamos*
  • 31 | Stanley Performing Arts Center — Utica, NY *with John Stamos*

June

  • 01 | PNC Bank Arts Center — Holmdel, NJ *with John Stamos*
  • 02 | Filene Center at Wolf Trap — Vienna, VA *with John Stamos*
  • 15 | Roanoke Island Festival Park — Manteo, NC *with John Stamos*
  • 16 | Salvage Station — Asheville, NC *with John Stamos*
  • 18 | Berglund Center — Roanoke, VA *with John Stamos*
  • 19 | Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts — Greensboro, NC *with John Stamos*
  • 20 | Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing — North Myrtle Beach, SC *with John Stamos* – *Two Shows*
  • 21 | The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg — Williamsburg, VA
  • 23 | Grand Opera House Wilmington — Wilmington, DE
  • 27 | State Theatre Easton — Easton, PA
  • 28 | Chautauqua Amphitheater — Chautauqua, NY
  • 29 | American Music Theatre — Lancaster, PA *Two Shows*
  • 30 | Stage AE — Pittsburgh, PA

July

  • 01 | Fraze Pavilion — Kettering, OH
  • 02 | Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre — Youngstown, OH
  • 05 | Meadow Brook Amphitheatre — Rochester Hills, MI *with John Stamos*
  • 06 | Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park — Indianapolis, IN *with John Stamos*
  • 07 | Ravinia — Highland Park, IL *with John Stamos*
  • 09 | Vetter Stone Amphitheater — Vetter Stone Amphitheater — Mankato, MN
  • 10 | The Ledge Waite Park Amphitheater — Waite Park, MN
  • 11 | Capital Credit Union Park — Ashwaubenon, WI
  • 12 | McGrath Amphitheatre — Cedar Rapids, IA
  • 13 | Stir Cove at Harrahs Council Bluffs — Council Bluffs, IA
  • 14 | Uptown Theater Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
  • 16 | Ozarks Amphitheater — Camdenton, MO
  • 17 | The Cotillion — Wichita, KS
  • 19 | Murphy Arts District – First Financial Music Hall — El Dorado, AR
  • 20 | The Cove at River Spirit Casino — Tulsa, OK
  • 21 | Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie — Grand Prairie, TX
  • 26 | California State Fairgrounds — Sacramento, CA
  • 28 | Music in the Park – Plaza de Cesar Chavez — San Jose, CA

August

  • 02 | Snow Pond Center for the Arts — Sidney, ME
  • 05 | Ocean City Music Pier — Ocean City, NJ *Two Shows*
  • 06 | Ocean City Music Pier — Ocean City, NJ *Two Shows*
  • 08 | Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater — Wantagh, NY
  • 09 | South Shore Music Circus — Cohasset, MA
  • 10 | Cape Cod Melody Tent — Hyannis, MA *Two Shows*
  • 11 | Indian Ranch — Webster, MA
  • 14 | Levitt Pavilion Denver — Denver, CO
  • 15 | Gerald Ford Amphitheatre — Vail, CO
  • 16 | Sunset Amphitheater — Colorado Springs, CO
  • 17 | Las Colonias Park Amphitheater — Grand Junction, CO
  • 18 | Red Butte Garden — Salt Lake City, UT
  • 21 | Benton Franklin Fair — Kennewick, WA
  • 23 | Chateau Ste Michelle — Woodinville, WA
  • 24 | Hayden Homes Amphitheater — Bend, OR
  • 25 | Cuthbert Amphitheater — Eugene, OR
  • 27 | Redding Civic Auditorium — Redding, CA
  • 28 | Weill Hall at Sonoma State University — Rohnert Park, CA
  • 29 | Vina Robles Amphitheatre — Paso Robles, CA
  • 30 | Greek Theatre Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA *with John Stamos*
  • 31 | Pechanga Resort Casino — Temecula, CA *with John Stamos*

September

  • 01 | The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park — San Diego, CA *with John Stamos*
  • 04 | Venetian Theatre at the Venetian Las Vegas — Las Vegas, NV
  • 06 | Venetian Theatre at the Venetian Las Vegas — Las Vegas, NV
  • 07 | Venetian Theatre at the Venetian Las Vegas — Las Vegas, NV
  • 19 | Great Frederick Fair — Frederick, MD
  • 20 | Bloomsburg Fair — Bloomsburg, PA
  • 21 | Capitol Theatre Wheeling — Wheeling, WV
  • 23 | Ryman Auditorium — Nashville, TN