Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is making a stop in St. Augustine.
Lucky for us, Wilson has added a slate of new show dates to his upcoming 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album “Pet Sounds,” in honor of its 50th anniversary. Originally released on May 16, 1966, “Pet Sounds” is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. With 65 dates now confirmed, and several previously announced dates selling out in record time, Wilson and his band will be joined by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin when they kick off the tour this Spring.
Fans can expect a live performance of “Pet Sounds” in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist.
“I would have the musicians keep playing over and over again ’til the sound made sense. I worked overtime on that; I worked hours to get it right. If the sound didn’t make any sense, then I wouldn’t know what to do — I’d be lost! It’s instinct that tells me. I have an instinct for music, or a feeling about it, and I’ll have my feelings guide my hands,” says Wilson.
He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history.
“Pet Sounds” is a record that forever changed the course of popular music; the emotional autobiography of its 23-year old “auteur,” it is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever made. In the process of bringing it to life, Wilson rewrote all the rules of what a record could be; as one observer noted, its release was “Independence Day” for rock ‘n’ roll. Primarily working with a new collaborator (lyricist and songwriter Tony Asher), the album featured a dozen originals.
On the charts in America, the album reached No. 10 and featured four hit singles (including two Top 10 hits, a reworking of the folk standard “Sloop John B” [No. 3] and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” [No. 8] as well as two others that cracked the Top 40 — “God Only Knows” and “Caroline No”). The former is considered by many, including Paul McCartney, to be one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.
Wilson will perform with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin Sept. 10 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Tickets for the show go on sale today and can be purchased at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices, ticketmaster.com, all authorized TicketMaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.
SHOW: Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – Celebrating the 50th anniversary
with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin
VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
DATE: Saturday, September 10, 2016
TIME: Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
ADMISSION: $89.50 – Seated Pit and Level 100
$69.50 – Level 200
$49.50 – Level 300
$39.50 – Obstructed View
WEBSITE: www.brianwilson.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com