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Local Woman Meets The Beach Boys Before Concert at The Big E

beach boysWEST SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — It was a special night for one local woman at the Big E, and not just because she saw the Beach Boys in concert.

Thanks to the help of a friend – she got to meet them in person.

Before a packed crowd Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston took to the stage at the Xfinity Arena, making the night for thousands of fans.

But it was just before the show that the two musician made their biggest impact as they met with a family from Feeding Hills.

“It was amazing. Mike Defilippi set this all up and she’s been counting the days to come here so it’s been real exciting,” said Janet Beaudette.

The ‘she’ Janet’s talking about is her daughter Aimee – a fan, like everyone else, of the Beach Boy’s surf rock sound.

Seven years ago, the honor roll student and star athlete fell dangerously ill while at college.

Doctors saved her by removing part of her brain – but it left her severely injured.

She’s spent years doing the impossible – beating the odds and recovering – working with physical, vision, and speech therapy… and enjoying music.

So when family friend Mike Defilippi heard the Beach Boys were coming to town he knew exactly what to do.

“I reached out to Mike Love, I sent him an email to his Facebook page and he responded saying he was extremely interested. He was touched by the story and he wanted to meet a hero like Aimee.”

Almost as much as Aimee wanted to meet the Beach Boys – and though she was unable to verbalize that excitement, it shone through.

No words necessary.

“You know what’s really neat is the music can get thru to anyone in any condition. It transcends any kind of affliction or anything. It’s pretty impressive,” said Beach Boys Bruce Johnston.

“You don’t meet the fans – you’re never in touch with your career. It’s great,” agreed bandmate, Mike Love.

And for the woman they call amazing Aimie, it was better than great – it was an amazing evening.

The performance by the Beach Boys tonight wrapped up a string of several large concerts put on by the Big E this year including Kix Brooks, Don Felder of the Eagles, and Hunter Hayes.


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