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The Beach Boys @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

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COLUMBIA, MD - June 15th, 2012 - The Beach Boys perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of the band's 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. This tour marks the first time chief songwriter Brian Wilson has done a full range of dates with the band since 1965. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Four minutes and fifty two seconds. That’s how long the first two songs lasted at the Beach Boys show at Merriweather Post Pavilion last week. I know this because that was our allotted shooting time. First two from the crowd. There was no pit so we were allowed to shoot from wherever we wanted in the GA pit as long as we weren’t blocking anyone’s view in the crowd. That severely limited our options, obvs.

COLUMBIA, MD - June 15th, 2012 - Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of the band's 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. This tour marks the first time Wilson has done a full range of dates with the band since 1965. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - June 15th, 2012 - Mike Love of The Beach Boys performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of the band's 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. This tour marks the first time chief songwriter Brian Wilson has done a full range of dates with the band since 1965. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

I ended up taking a spot beside the last row of seats in the GA pit on the stage right side. This was Brian Wilson’s side and what’s the point of shooting The Beach Boys if you don’t have a good line of him? I stuck with my 70-200/2.8 for this gig because there wasn’t enough time to switch lenses and there wasn’t any sense shooting wide since most of those photos would be the seated crowd. As usual, the lights were wonderful. The generally are at Merriweather.

COLUMBIA, MD - June 15th, 2012 - David Marks (L) and Mike Loveof The Beach Boys perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of the band's 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. This tour marks the first time chief songwriter Brian Wilson has done a full range of dates with the band since 1965. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - June 15th, 2012 - Al Jardine (left) of The Beach Boys performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of the band's 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. This tour marks the first time chief songwriter Brian Wilson has done a full range of dates with the band since 1965. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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Beach Boys @ Merriweather – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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