AUSTIN --The Beach Boys have brought joy to generations, and they're in Austin on the heels of their worldwide anniversary tour.
Since they played their first show in 1961, The Beach Boys have been on the road constantly with and without the original members.
For Mike Love and Bruce Johnson The Beach Boys have always been about the music.
“The journey we've had has been phenomenal,” Mike Love said.
The band plays two shows in Central Texas this weekend -- one in Waco Friday night and another at The Backyard on Saturday.
Actor and musician John Stamos, who's played on and off with the band since 1985, will rock the crowd as well.
“I think last time I was here for South by Southwest Film Festival, and I was so charmed by the city and the people, and I've always been, I've always loved it out here, you know? The people have always been great," Stamos said.
“And your music please,” said Bruce Johnston. “Forget Nashville; it's happening here.”
The Beach Boys' last album was released this past June and got good reviews.
“This album is called 'Why God Made the Radio,'” Johnston said. “It came in at number three in Billboard, highest ever!”
It's the songs that helped shape a generation like “Wouldn't It Be Nice” and “Good Vibrations” that keep fans of all ages singing and smiling.
“I call it 'heart music.' It sort of bypasses the brain and goes straight to the heart,” Stamos said. “You don't have to think about the music, you just feel it, and I think that's why it's gone on for 50 years because it's non-generational.”
The Beach Boys recently ended a 50th anniversary tour featuring original members Brian Wilson, Alan Jardine and David Marks.
There were reports Love, who legally owns the band name, fired Wilson and the others at the end of the tour. Love says that’s not true.
“Like they said, I fired my cousin Brian, come on, I can't fire him even if I wanted to, which I don't!” Love said. “We agreed to get together for a reunion tour that would last, it was to be 40 shows in the U.S. and 40 overseas. It was negotiated and agreed upon by all concerned that there would be a beginning and an end. It got misconstrued in the public.”
If you want to catch The Beach Boys featuring Love, Johnston and Stamos, there are still tickets for The Backyard show Saturday night. They start at $25. Click here for more information about Saturday's show.