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Published: 2013/10/16

Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks Perform Pet Sounds at the Beacon

Brian Wilson surprised fans last night by performing The Beach Boys’ classic 1966 album Pet Sounds in its entirety at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The Beach Boys co-founder is in the midst of a co-headlining tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck. In addition to his steady backing band, Wilson’s ensemble includes original Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks. Guitarist Jeff Foskett, a 1980s member of The Beach Boys who has worked with Wilson for years, is also part of the extended outing.

Five songs into last night’s show, Wilson and his band jumped into Pet Sounds‘s opening number “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” After a few jokes about performing the influential album, the band proceeded to run through Pet Sounds in its entirety. Then, Wilson and his collaborators performed a short set of Beach Boys classics.

While Wilson has reinterpreted Pet Sounds on his own, last night marked the first time he has performed the record with Jardine and Marks (though Marks did not participate on the original recording). He described “God Only Knows” as the best song he ever wrote during last night’s performance.

Blonde Chaplin, a ’70s member of The Beach Boys who has sat in with Wilson on select dates during his current tour, also performed with the group on his signature numbers “Sail On, Sailor” and “Wild Honey” as well as “Help Me, Rhonda,” “I Get Around” and “Fun, Fun, Fun” last night. Wilson, his band and Chaplin also all returned for a few collaborations during Beck’s set. Of note, they performed The Beach Boys’ “Our Prayer,” “Child Is Father of the Man,” “Surf’s Up,” The Beach Boys popularized “Barbara Ann” and the sing-along“Surfin’ U.S.A.”

In a strange turn of events, five former Beach Boys are participating in Wilson’s current tour while only two classic members of the band are on the road as part of the official touring version of The Beach Boys led by Mike Love.


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Toney October 16, 2013, 13:27:07

That’s because Mike Love is a tool. Brian is the legacy of the Beach Boys, and showed why last night.

Mr Random October 16, 2013, 14:04:13

Pet Sounds is a masterpiece. Would’ve loved to have been there. And, yes, Love is a tool.

dk70 October 17, 2013, 11:00:56

Do a YouTube search of Mike Love at the Beach Boys Rock and Roll HOF induction. It ranges from repulsive to completely bizarre. I saw Brian a couple times, what a band and what a show.

leslie October 17, 2013, 22:40:15

It was a fantastic concert! Brian was at his best and looked happy and really involved. Hearing him sing lead on all of Pet Sounds was an incredible treat! Thank Brian, Al, David, Jeffrey, Nelson, and all the musicians that made the concert so special. Thanks, Melinda, for being there for Brian. Looking forward to the next tour.

oldsurferdude October 17, 2013, 23:08:02

mYke luHv for years has tried to convince himself and the rest of the world that HE is the Beach Boys but without Brian, Carl, Dennis, Al or David, not only is his lame mind out of sync with reality, but he has to live each day knowing that he is, without a doubt, the most laughed at, hated clown in the music business period.

billy montella jr October 21, 2013, 21:11:48

I have been with BBs on several occasions and have talked with BW at length. What is to be expected from a guy who has been married 5 times is it? His name should be Mike No-Love. Mike, go do the “monkey’‘ you jealous bastard.

Olivia October 23, 2013, 09:38:43

I don’t get the excitement over hearing a full album performed in entirety, especially when you’re not a hardcore fan of that music and you’re waiting for the other headliner to come on. More variety, please.

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