Beach Boys, Maroon 5, Foster the People unite for Grammy performance

February 12, 2012

An attempt at fun, fun, fun in a gloomy Grammy ceremony: Three members of the original Beach Boys — Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine — reunited to perform their hits with Maroon 5 and Foster the People.


Foster the People’s Mark Derek Foster, left, and Al Jardine, center, and Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys perform during the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/AP)

Maroon 5 opened the performance with “Surfer Girl,” in a set decorated with surfboards, as the crowd swayed. Foster the People followed with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Then the Beach Boys took the stage to perform “Good Vibrations” in honor of their 50th anniversary. Maroon 5 and Foster the People returned for the finale of that song.

Though the band was a little stiff on stage, Grammy viewers tweeting along welcomed the nostalgic break. “BEACH BOYS TOGETHER! This is so great to see. I can't even express my joy for this! Real music y'all. Get it Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson,” tweeted @ImMattGiraud.


Mike Love, left, and David Marks of the Beach Boys perform during the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/AP)

Others poked some fun at the band’s advanced age: “I feel like the good vibrations the Beach Boys were picking up was probably hearing aid interference,” quipped @pourmecoffee.

Still others lamented the performance’s lack of John Stamos, remembering the “Full House” episode with the Beach Boys. Reports before the show indicated that Stamos would be on stage with the band. Until we can get embedded video of the reunion performance, here’s a look back at that “Full House” performance.

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Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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