The Beach Boys: 5/9/1981

Growing up, The Beach Boys held a key slot on my summer soundtracks. During pool parties, hanging at the beach, it was typical to hear Beach Boys’ tunes rippling over the sounds of splashing and summer fun. So when my friend Jim called me up and said he bought me a ticket to go with him to see the band, I was pretty psyched.

We were in the back row of the lower level at the Sunrise Musical Theatre, which was perfect because we were on our feet, rockin’ and partying and having a blast, unlike the rest of the crowd who were significantly older and more reserved than we were. I would occasionally catch a surreptitious glance from a person nearby, but didn’t care all that much until security showed up and politely asked us to dial thing back a bit. So we did, but still stayed on our feet and had a great time.

I wasn’t able to find the setlist from this particular show, but I found one from the same tour, and it seems consistent with what I remember, so here it is.

Setlist from 1981 tour:

  • California Girls
  • Sloop John B
  • Do It Again
  • School Days
  • In My Room
  • Surfin’
  • Surfin’ Safari
  • Catch a Wave
  • Surfer Girl
  • Long Tall Texan
  • Lady Lynda
  • God Only Knows
  • Don’t Worry Baby
  • 409
  • Shut Down
  • The Little Old Lady From Pasadena
  • Little Deuce Coupe
  • Sail On, Sailor
  • Help Me, Rhonda
  • Be True to Your School
  • Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • I Get Around
  • Surfin’ U.S.A.


  • Good Vibrations
  • Barbara Ann
  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • Fun, Fun, Fun

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