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Here to Stamos
By Joel Beck from Town Online, August 1, 2003
TV heartthrob John Stamos tells us why the heck he's playing with the Beach Boys at the North Shore Music Theatre.

Alright, ladies, admit it. Somewhere in the back of the closet at your parents' house, we'd find a couple of dog-eared John Stamos posters that once adorned your bedroom walls. Come on, there's no reason to be ashamed. We won't tell anyone.

Assuming we're correct, you can now relive some of those old fantasies next week when Stamos makes his way to the North Shore. That's right, the former "General Hospital" and "Full House" star, who also happens to be an accomplished drummer, will be playing with the Beach Boys on Monday, Aug. 4 at the North Shore Music Theatre.

With a career that has already spanned more than 20 years, Stamos' musical abilities were brought to the forefront in the late 1980s when he appeared and performed with the Beach Boys in their "Kokomo" video. He later went on to produce a Beach Boys album in 1992.

Recently, Stamos filmed an independent feature film with Tara Reid and Annabeth Gish called "Knots," a dark comedy. He also recently played himself in another dark comedy called "I Am Stamos," a story about an actor whose wish to be a leading man comes true when he magically begins to photograph as John Stamos.

North Shore Sunday recently spoke with Stamos about his career and his upcoming performance at the North Shore Music Theatre. The "hunky, cleft-chinned actor" (to quote the NSMT release) says he can't wait to come to the Bay State, and who knows, maybe he'll even autograph some of those old posters.

North Shore Sunday: Isn't it hard to believe that it's been 15 years you first recorded "Kokomo" with the Beach Boys?

John Stamos: My God, has it really been 15 years? I can't believe it's been that long. I actually started playing with them back in 1983 or 1984 so I guess it has been a while.

NSS: It's pretty impressive that you were actually playing the drums for the Beach Boys when you were barely out of your teenage years. How did you first get started with them?

JS: You know, that's probably the one question I get asked the most, other than questions about my wife.

NSS: Oh don't worry, those questions are coming too.

JS: (Laughs) I don't know. I wish I could tell you it was something really heroic, like I was at a concert and the drummer broke his arm and they pointed at me and said, 'Hey kid, can you play the drums?' It wasn't really like that, but I always respected and enjoyed their music and I guess I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

NSS: Which came first for you, your love of music or your love of acting?

JS: I'd say it was always a little of both. For me, I always really liked being up on a stage. Whether it was playing the drums or doing theater or taping in front of a live studio audience, it was always a big thrill. I guess that's why I'm doing a lot of theater now.

NSS: You recently played the role of the "Emcee" in the Broadway production of "Cabaret." The New York Post actually called your performance "stealthily heterosexual." How exactly did you pull that off?

JS: Well, that character is unusual because he's kind of gay, kind of straight, but he pretty much just wants to have sex with anything. I think there was a little bit more to that review, but I guess I just gave the character an edge.

It's funny because Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen came to see me in that show one night and there's a part where I have to show my butt. I kept thinking, 'Oh God,' because I knew they were out there. But then I thought, hey, I saw their butts all the time when they were little, now they get to see mine.

NSS: Speaking of the Olsen twins, it must be kind of strange for you now to see how they are slowly growing into sex symbols in America, considering that you knew them when they were basically infants.

JS: It is strange. But they are beautiful girls and they are two of the nicest, most humble people you could ever meet.

NSS: Any chance of there being a "Full House" reunion any time in the near future?

JS: No, I don't think so. I really love all the people from that show and I still keep in touch with all of them, but it was definitely time for it to end.

NSS: I hear you were also recently in a movie entitled "Scrotal Vengeance." Care to explain that one?

JS: I was?

NSS: Well, apparently your picture appears throughout the movie, but they gave you a credit.

JS: You know, I heard about that but I haven't seen it. I'll have to go rent it.

NSS: OK, now for the questions about your wife, actress and model Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Does it ever bother you that comic book nerds all over the country have pictures of her in blue dye pasted to their bedroom walls, as a tribute to her character in the "X-Men" films?

JS: (chuckles) No, not at all. Heck, if I was a comic book nerd, I'd have pictures of her pasted all over my walls. As a matter of fact, I do have pictures of her pasted on my walls.

NSS: In the blue dye?

JS: I do have one up of her in the blue dye.

NSS: You're coming up on your five-year wedding anniversary to Rebecca. Would you say you've found marital bliss?

JS: Yeah, things are going really great. It was tough for a while because our schedules forced us to spend so much time apart. There's only so many times you can tell yourself that being apart is actually good for the relationship and eventually we told ourselves that with the way it was going, it just wasn't going to work. Now we've pretty much spent every day together for the past three or four months and things have never been better.

NSS: John, good luck with the show this week and have a pleasant stay in Boston.

JS: Thanks, and I've got to say that I absolutely love Boston. Both Rebecca and I do. It's really one of our favorite cities in the country.

NSS: Really? Do you cheer for the Red Sox.

JS: Um, I have a Red Sox cap. Does that count?