The Beach Boys – “That’s Why God Made the Radio”

Tom Breihan | April 25, 2012 - 4:39 pm

The Beach Boys, together with estranged sonic genius Brian Wilson for the first time in decades, played the first show of their reunion tour last night in Tucson, playing a long set of classics that included a few covers and the brand-new reunion single “That’s Why God Made The Radio.” (They also did “Kokomo.” Sorry.) Right on schedule, the studio version of “That’s Why Got Made The Radio” has made its way into the world in the form of a lyric video. And even if these guys still hate each other — and I have no idea if they do — the single works as final proof that nobody has ever been able to replicate their harmonies, even though thousands of bands have tried. Give it a listen, and check out the setlist for last night’s show, below.

SETLIST:
01 “Do It Again”
02 “Catch A Wave”
03 “Don’t Back Down”
04 “Surfin’ Safari”
05 “Surfer Girl”
06 “The Little Girl I Once Knew”
07 “Wendy”
08 “Then He Kissed Me” (Crystals cover)
09 “This Whole World”
10 “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers cover)
11 “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)”
12 “You’re So Good To Me”
13 “In Them Old Cottonfields Back Home”
14 “Be True To Your School”
15 “Disney Girls”
16 “Please Let Me Wonder”
17 “Don’t Worry Baby”
18 “Little Honda”
19 “Little Deuce Coupe”
20 “409”
21 “Shut Down”
22 “I Get Around”
23 “Sloop John B”
24 “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
25 “Forever”
26 “Sail On Sailor”
27 “Heroes and Villains”
28 “In My Room”
29 “All This Is That”
30 “God Only Knows”
31 “That’s Why God Made the Radio”
32 “California Dreaming” (Mamas and the Papas cover)
33 “California Girls” (David Lee Roth cover) (Just kidding)
34 “Dance Dance Dance”
35 “All Summer Long”
36 “Help Me Rhonda”
37 “Rock and Roll Music” (Chuck Berry cover)
38 “Barbara Ann”
39 “Surfin’ U.S.A.”
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40 “Kokomo”
41 “Good Vibrations”
42 “Fun Fun Fun”
(via Rolling Stone)

42 songs! They’re earning that reunion-tour money.