Al Jardine extended his wishes for a successful and enjoyable evening with a timely phone call to Carrie Marks just as the event began, and that was exactly what the guests experienced.
The evening kicked off with an intensely beautiful Stephen Kalinich rendition of his classic poem The Magic Hand, and his reputation in Europe as “California’s number 1 Poet” remained both intact and enhanced.
The eagerly awaited 40 year reunion of The Moon lived up to the high expectations, and they played a brilliant set. On the strength of the performance there were many guests who left that evening ready to check out the re-issued CD’s they may have missed first-time around.
Charlotte Cooper performed “Lovin’ & Free” from her forthcoming album, and what is sure to be the single, “Guess I’m Dumb”, and a real thrill for the audience was to see her joined on stage by Jeffrey Foskett and The Honeys (with Marilyn repeating her performance as she did on the original Glen Campbell track).
Soon the stage became home to some of the most versatile and talented musicians California has seen for many years; Jeffrey Foskett, Billy Hinsche, Gerry Beckley(America), Matthew Beckley, The Honeys, Mike Meros, Probyn Gregory, Nicky Wonder, Nelson Bragg, Dennis Diken, Gary Griffin, Eddie Bertrand(Belairs/Eddie and the Showmen), Paul Johnson(Belairs), Bill Trenkle(Dave and the Marksmen) proceeded to rock the house!
The Beach Boys hits just kept a coming, Surfin USA, 409, Surfin Safari, and Be True To Your School (with The Honeys), as well as live rarities like Farmers Daughter (with great Jeffrey Foskett lead vocal). Bill Trenkle (bass player with Dave and the Marksmen) joined The Honeys to resume their familiar roles in the great Marksmen track Cruisin! David also weaved in some of his own great solo compositions like the lovely Like 1969 and the playful Bamboo Shack (with great backing vocals by The Honeys).
The Moon were not the only band to have a reunion on-stage, as Eddie Bertrand & Paul Johnson of The Belairs played together for the first time in a decade.
Late night jams included a smoking Green Onions, Mr. Moto, What I'd Say, Shut Down, with countless guitar solos that left David’s fret board smoldering and faces in the crowd melting from the sheer volume and force of the performances. As the band took their last bow, Nelson Bragg could hardly contain the joy of performing with David; “I have been educated…the best guitarist I have ever played with!”
Throughout the night David and Jon Stebbins signed too many books to count, and were heartened by the many congratulations and sincere compliments on the results of their hard work. But in the end this night was all about the music. The sound of David’s blazing Fender guitar echoed through Rusty’s, down the pier and out across the Pacific Ocean late into the California night.
For the many fans that made it to Rusty’s through the busy rush-hour traffic, as well as the loyal U.K. fans that made the long trip to L.A., they described the night as unique…and it was…like a perfectly shaped wave. And for those of us who caught it…the ride was sweet.