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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 8:45 am

Make a big enough impact, and the vibrations can be felt, perhaps, into infinity. Or at least a good 50 years, in this case.

The Beach Boys, the preeminent California surf rock band of the 1960s best known for the recording milestone “Good Vibrations,” will play Saturday in Phoenix.

The tour marks the first time in decades all of the band’s surviving original members are united. They’ve also got a brand new studio album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” the band’s 29th.

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will play songs from the Beach Boys’ earliest classics to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Kokomo” and brand-new songs.

The band had their first wave of hits in 1962 with the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Love, school friend Jardine, and neighbor Marks. Marks left in 1963, and in 1965 Johnston joined the band when Wilson retired from touring to write and produce for the group.

The Beach Boys hold Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan’s record for the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits, at 36.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.

DETAILS >> 8 p.m. Saturday. Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $56-$126. (602) 639-8999 or www.gcuarena.com.

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