BY TER STAFF
Music fans in Highland Park, IL were in for a special treat last night as The Beach Boys’ already amazing tour with The Righteous Brothers got that much better with the addition of special guest, actor John Stamos, for their Ravinia Festival performance.
Kicking things off for the night were The Righteous Brothers, now led by founding member Bill Medley and singer Bucky Heard. With their hour-long set, Medley showed off his sense of humor throughout the set, while performing some of The Righteous Brothers’ biggest hits.
The highlight of the opening set though came as Medley performed his hit collaboration from “Dirty Dancing”, joined by his lovely daughter for the entertaining duet. Unfortunately though, due to her back issues Medley said, she couldn’t bear her father’s weight to replicate the iconic lift. The jokes and hits did not stop there.
After Heard and Medley stepped off stage and a brief set change, it was time for The Beach Boys to take stage. Instantly John Stamos joined Mike Love and company on stage, strutting from stage left to stage right on the guitar. Soon after Stamos would take more of a backup roll, showing off his skills on the drums.
Already one of the best lineups of the Ravinia’s 2018 season, The Beach Boys added Stamos to their show just weeks ago, with many fans not realizing the addition until the show began.
While the Full House star was certainly the cherry on top, the highlights of the night came as The Beach Boys blew fans away with their deep catalog of his. From “Surfin’ U.S.A.” to “Kokomo”, last night wasn’t beach friend as a misty overcast hovered over the venue, but it was still fun under the sun with The Beach Boys crew. Last night was evidence of the band’s legendary status.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and peep the remaining events at the Ravinia Festival’s official website.
Photos by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
The Beach Boys with Special Guest John Stamos
The Righteous Brothers