I've been on this forum for most of three years now ….. It certainly has opened my mind to a lot of music and sparked many deeper interests and pursuits …. ….. one of them being the Beach Boys. I attended a Beach Boys concert on Feb. 27, 1983 when I was 17 and a high-school senior…. We didn't get a whole lot of concerts, and this was on a Sunday afternoon at an unusual venue that was closer to home than usual, a small-ish stadium used mostly for high-school football and soccer games …. so, I went to it ..... What did I know about the Beach Boys then ? Not so much, really, but of course their greatest hits were pretty much an inescapable part of American life ….. They sure seemed like "oldies" even then *…. I'm pretty sure I knew the names "Wilson" and "Mike Love" but I doubt I spent any time thinking about who exactly was on stage that day .…. Brian ? Dennis ? not really a concern to this typical Zep/Floyd/Beatles/Stones/Who/Jimi/Doors/Rush/AC-DC/VanHalen kid ….. I just cruised about and found people I knew, got close to the stage for a while or two ….. ..... and afterwards ..... just didn't give it a whole lotta thought ….. lost the ticket-stub too, and the exact date with it. …..Until more recently ….. when I started to wonder things like "hmmm, who was there ?? was Dennis Wilson at that concert ? Wasn't he kicked out of the band ? he drowned later that year...." ☆ well, I recently found a few photos from it on the internet ! Yep, Dennis was there, in his shirtless glory ! but I still don't know if he played drums or sang a song that day …. sadly, I just don't remember. So .... I'm putting this out there to see what the experts here can say about what was going on with the Beach Boys at that time…. inter-band dynamics and such …. Dennis' status ….. Brian's status ..... I know now that they were mid-way through their then-longest album hiatus (1980-1985) ….. When had Brian last appeared on stage with them ? and who were the sidemen, what were their stories ? Also, this was just 6 weeks before Reagan's Interior Secretary James Watt banned them from a Washington D.C. July 4th event ..... "Rock acts are the wrong element" ...... ridiculous ! When the Beach Boys Faced a Surprising July 4 Ban * and about them being "oldies" ….. the five principals averaged only about 39 years then !