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Bat sounds: Beach Boys begin Dodgers partnership with opening day national anthem

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The Beach Boys will be performing the national anthem at the L.A. Dodgers opening day game next week, it was announced Tuesday. With both celebrating 50-year anniversaries, a season-long partnership has developed between the stadium and the California-est of summer icons.

The season of famdom overload will include co-branded merch with 50th anniversary logos of both the Boys and the stadium, as well as "Beach Boys Night" on May 18 when the Dodgers play the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. There will be fireworks. And also, there will be fireworks.

"It's very special to us that we get to celebrate our 50 years alongside the Dodgers, a team we all love," the Beach Boys said in a statement. "Generations of fans have supported our music just as much as their boys in blue and we're very happy to celebrate both L.A. traditions at Dodger Stadium this opening day."

Their first concert tour in more than two decades, The Beach Boys begin the first wave of shows on April 24 in Tucson, AZ, making their way home to the Hollywood Bowl on June 2 and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine on June 3.


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