Thursday, September 14, 2006

A (Partial) Beach Boys Pet Sounds Reunion!

By Michael DeMartin

Well, it's almost a dream come true. Al Jardine will be joining Brian on his upcoming Pet Sounds tour dates later this year. I've been told that Brian and Al had become friends again awhile back, so these shows will be even more special with Al involved. Should be interesting what Al does, since he didn't sing any leads on Pet Sounds. But his unique voice will sure make the backgrounds cool, and I wouldn't be surprised if Brian threw him the "Sloop John B" lead. It would be cool for Mike and Bruce to come on for these special dates, but that's not gonna happen. In any case, here's the official info that appears in today's USA TODAY:

Two Beach Boys to reunite

Last week I was asked about the possibilities of a Beach Boys reunion. Now we have at least a partial one.

Brian Wilson will be playing five dates in November to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (which some, although not Mike Love, have argued is virtually a Brian solo work). Those dates: Nov. 1 in L.A.; Nov. 17 in Boston; Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C.; Nov. 19 in Glenside, Pa.; and Nov. 21 in New York. On the last four of these dates (and maybe the first one; it's not firm yet), former Beach Boy Al Jardine will join Wilson, the first time in over a decade that they've shared a stage. A few West Coast shows might be added afterward.

It's also billed as the last time Wilson will perform Pet Sounds in its entirety, so it may well be quite an occasion.


At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Al sang the lead on the verses of "I Know There's An Answer." He could sound quite a lot like Brian, so it's not easy to tell. But it's him.

At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Doug Baker said...

just come out of hospital and switched TV on - found the 1980 Knebworth concert on - What a pick me up !!
Thanks to Brian and the gang

A fan in England

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Andrew Swihart said...

Too bad Mike can't join, honestly he gets on my nerves with his voice and quotes sometime, but he is an original Beach Boy and had some nice vocals on Pet Sounds. It would be great to have him and Bruce Johnston give a little reunion tour. Also, Brian's new vocalists wear my ears out even more than Mike Love's nasal voice.

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous wendy said...

Where is Glenside, PA?

At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only found out yesterday about the London concert and now can only get a very expensive ticket from an Ebay or other website opportunist.

Please please Brian will you add another UK date. I can't afford to pay £500 for a ticket.

Richard, Woking, Surrey

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just recently read the blog and saw that there was going to be a concert date in November for Washington D.C. Where's that concert going to be at because if they're selling tickets for it already I want to get in on it before it goes for $200 to $500 a ticket.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Atom Smasher said...

So what is gonna happen in London? Something's gotta happen besides Brian walking on, playing PS and walking off. I know theres the UK music hall of fame too, but there's gotta be a good reason for him playing just 1 show, and charging so much for tickets. Right?

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous RP said...

I saw the Brain Wilson Pet Sound concert in Sydney Australia 9 January 2008 and it was just awesome I am in my fifties and I took my two sons who absolutely enjoyed themselves
Brain keep this up you are an inspiration to all and yes you were meant for this and you bring joy to your audience and the people's reviews here is Sydney that I heard were all amazing.Stay confident - you are a great artist.


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