Founding Beach Boys member Al Jardine is one of the many stars scheduled to perform at a tribute concert called America Celebrates The Beatles, which will be held Saturday at The Town Hall in New York City. The show is part of the NYC Fab 50 Festival, a four-day series of music events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British rock icons’ first trip to the U.S.
Other artists on the lineup include Tommy James, The Rascals‘ Gene Cornish, folk great Melanie, Archies singer Ron Dante, B-52s frontman Fred Schneider, Steam‘s Gary DeCarlo, Stories singer Ian Lloyd, Walter Egan, The Cars‘ Greg Hawkes, The Bongos‘ Richard Barone and pop-rock singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw.
Jardine tells ABC News Radio that he’ll close out the concert by singing a rendition of The Beatles‘ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tune “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and he’ll be accompanied by many of the other stars on the bill. Al reveals that he may do one of two other songs, including the Beach Boys classic “Help Me Rhonda.”
“Can’t help but do that one, I guess,” he offers. “It’s kind of fun.”
Of course, one of the most historic events that occurred during The Beatles’ 1964 visit to the U.S. was their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9 of that year. Jardine tells ABC News Radio that he didn’t watch the program because he was touring Australia and New Zealand with The Beach Boys.
“We were going out the front door while The Beatles were coming in the back door,” he notes. “So, things changed a little bit after we got home.”
Tickets for the America Celebrates The Beatles concert are on sale now through Ticketmaster. All net proceeds raised by ticket sales for the event will benefit the Comprehensive Autism Medical Assessment & Treatment Center of New Jersey. The NYC Fab 50 fest, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday, includes several multi-act tribute events at various venues around the Big Apple. For more information, visit NYCFab50.com.
Meanwhile, Jardine will headline another performance event in New York City on Friday at the Rubin Museum of Art. The show, billed as Al Jardine and Friends: Transcendental Music, will feature Jardine performing a selection of rare Beach Boys tunes and other songs acoustically with his friend Larry Dvoskin, Barone, ex-Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin, Spacehog singer Royston Langdon and other musicians.
Jardine reveals that among the tunes he’s planning to play are the Beach Boys rarities “T M Song” and “Cabinessence,” and he’ll also deliver a tribute to the late Pete Seeger. In addition, the event will include a focus on Transcendental Meditation, and will raise money for the Rubin Museum and the David Lynch Foundation.
Jardine became a follower of Transcendental Meditation in 1967, when he was introduced to the technique by The Beatles’ George Harrison and John Lennon.
“They came to my apartment in London and actually explained…how it worked,” recalls Al. “So, in a sense, in an interesting way, they influenced [me] not only musically but spiritually.”
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