51 years ago the Beach Boys were to perform at the Catholic Youth Center in Scranton. 2,500 fans filled the gym waiting to here the boys from California but the show didn’t go on.
Before leaving Scranton, the band was served with a lawsuit by the concert promoter Max Kearson.
In a later article by Sid Benjamin that appeared in Variety on the concert cancellation, Attorney Peter O’Malley who was representing Mr. Kearson was quoted as saying ” It was ironic that the snafu had to occur in Scranton, for millions of The Beach Boys’ records have been pressed here. Capitol maintains its largest production plant in South Scranton.”
Just two weeks later on May 16, the Beach Boys would release their “Pet Sounds” album on Capitol Records. The album had hits such as “Wouldn’t it be nice”, “Sloop John B, ” and “Caroline, No.” The album was pressed at the Scranton facility of Capitol Records.
The Boys of Summer would return to our area many times over the years. Just this week , Brian Wilson and Al Jardine performed the album “Pet Sounds” at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. Here is the link to the review of the show – http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/beach-boys-get-around-offer-sounds-of-summer-1.2188211
Here are the articles detailing the cancellation and the hubbub at the Holiday Inn.
Scranton Times May 5, 1966 page 3
Scranton Times May 5, 1966 page 8