Year by year concert totals 1961-2020
  A few years back, I read an article that stated The Grateful Dead were the hardest working band in rock, having played 2,333 shows over 30 years of touring. Instant hilarity in Bellagio Towers, the reason for which is detailed below. The Beach Boys, in their original incarnation, passed that mark in early September 1983, during their 22nd year of playing live. Since then, they've played... well, more. A LOT more. They may not be the band with the most gigs under their belt, but they're surely in the top three. The totals at the end of 2020 are:
 
USA - 5,995
Rest of America - 346
Europe - 468
Rest of World - 219
Total - 7,028
 
A more detailed country by country breakdown can be found here.
 
A few words of explanation: prior to the seventies, rock concerts were generally pretty short affairs, 40 minutes tops, and it wasn't unusual to play two - or even three - shows a night, hence the apparently questionable numbers from the sixties: they really did play that many shows back then. Abbreviations as follows: RoA = rest of America (Canada, Mexico, Central & South America), RoW = rest of world (Australsia, Asia & Africa). These figures will be constantly updated, as more shows are played and as ongoing research either adds or subtracts concerts from the totals: for this, and pretty much 95% of the info listed here, I'm eternally indebted to Ian Rusten, the go-to man for BB concert information. If he says it happened, it happened. Same if it didn't. More importantly, he'll admit his errors and correct them, the hallmark of a true historian. You really need to buy the book he wrote with Jon Stebbins (another exemplary BB historian: anything he writes about the band or members thereof  demands your attention), The Beach Boys in Concert! The Ultimate History of America's Band on Tour and Onstage. Ian is constantly researching and updating the shows, both here and in more detail on his website, BeachBoysGigs.
 
Year
USA
RoA
Eur
RoW
Tot.
Year
USA
RoA
Eur
RoW
Tot.
1961
5
 
 
 
5
1991
104
5
16
4
127
1962
145
 
 
 
145
1992
76
7
 
7
90
1963
159
 
 
 
159
1993
91
7
19
 
117
1964
133
 
7
22
162
1994
77
1
1
 
80
1965
115
7
 
 
122
1995
97
7
 
 
101
1966
97
7
33
14
151
1996
90
1
1
 
92
1967
72
 
22
 
94
1997
80
 
1
 
80
1968
104
9
20
 
133
*1998
48
1
 
7
56
1969
73
9
29
 
111
1999
157
2
12
2
168
1970
20
2
39
39
100
2000
128
3
 
 
131
1971
66
2
 
 
68
2001
117
9
14
 
140
1972
73
1
25
 
99
2002
136
4
 
 
140
1973
101
2
 
 
103
2003
102
3
16
6
127
1974
92
6
 
 
98
2004
97
3
25
4
129
1975
94
7
1
 
102
2005
123
7
2
4
136
1976
42
8
 
 
50
2006
118
16
5
 
139
1977
41
6
1
 
48
2007
115
8
 
13
136
1978
61
7
 
15
83
2008
86
11
10
 
107
1979
80
2
 
3
85
2009
91
10
2
 
103
1980
74
3
8
 
87
2010
85
15
7
20
127
1981
127
3
 
6
137
2011
86
13
10
 
109
1982
152
11
 
3
160
**2012
64
4
14
11
93
1983
130
9
 
 
137
2013
95
13
4
7
119
1984
132
2
 
 
133
2014
115
 
15
9
139
1985
123
4
 
 
127
2015
123
10
27
9
169
1986
116
9
 
 
124
2016
134
9
1
8
152
1987
172
16
4
 
191
2017
129
1
31
6
167
1988
169
18
 
 
185
2018
118
8
4
 
130
1989
103
3
12
 
118
2019
94
4
27
 
125
1990
108
9
3
 
120
2020
40
2
 
 
42
*
  1998 saw the transition between the "classic" Beach Boys lineup and the BRI samctioned
touring Beach Boys as fronted by Mike & Bruce. The vast majority of the shows listed here
are by the latter: for more detail see the shows list for 1998.
**
  The total number of shows for the 50th anniversary tour in 2012 comprise 83 concerts or TV appearences by the reunited surviving members and 10 shows by the touring Beach Boys.