LIVE : Brian Wilson Pet Sounds 40th

November 21, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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So last night I took in the 40th anniversary performance of Pet Sounds by Brian Wilson. Having seen Brian in various TV appearances and the like over the last couple years seeming like a shell of his former self, let me just say I had a few reservations. I tossed those out the window in the first thirty seconds, he looked as healthy as he’s ever been and when he started to sing there was no doubt he could still pull it off. You could tell he was having fun up there and the vibe carried out across the entire room.

The show started off with six songs basically acoustic, guitar and some light percussion, and vocals,LOTS of vocals, that angelic harmony sound that was the Beach Boys trademark. Then Al Jardine strolled out on stage and the bad launched into an electric lineup, althogher there were 11 people on stage, 3 guitar players, a bass player 2 drummers 3 keyboard players who also switched off on variuos other instruments, a female backup singer and Brian who also had a keyboard setup. Just an amazing wall of sound. Some personal first set
highlights were Surfer Girl,Wendy and Sail On Sailor which was just majestic sounding. Brian was animated and talkative and at one poiint led the crowd in a singalong of Row,Row,Row Your Boat. After a short intermission, the band came back on and proceeded to play Pet Sounds in it’s entirety. Oddly enough the band seemed a little looser during the Pet sounds portion of the set but just seemed to pick up momentum as the went along. The stretch from God Only Knows to the end was unreal, with stellar versions of Here Today, I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times and Pet Sounds. Caroline, No closed the Pet sounds portion fo the show to a standing ovation and the crowd never sat back down the rest of the night. The band returned for an encore, and burned through a rocking set of Beach Boys standards and again left the stage. Brian then returned for the last song of the night,a grand finale of Love and Mercy, a song from one of his solo albums.

I highly recommend this show, if you have a chance to catch one of the two remaining New York City shows by all means do so.

Sunday’s setlist from
The Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA

Surfer Girl
Wendy
Add Some Music
Please Let Me Wonder
Drive-In
You’re Welcome
Then I Kissed Her
Breakaway
Do You Wanna Dance
Little Girl I Once Knew
Row Your Boat
Do It Again
In My Room
California Saga
When I Grow Up
I Get Around
California Girls
Sail On Sailor
Marcella
Good Vibrations

Intermission

Pet Sounds
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
You Still Believe In Me
That’s Not Me
Don’t Talk(Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
I’m Waiting For The Day
Let’s Go Away For A While
Sloop JOhn B
God Only KNows
I Know There’s An Answer
Here Today
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
Pet Sounds
Caroline, No

Encore:

Johnny B. Good
Help Me Rhonda
Barbara Ann
Surfin’ USA
Fun Fun Fun

2nd Encore :
Love and Mercy

There’s still a couple shows left on the tour :
Tuesday November 21 Beacon Theatre New York, NY 8:00PM
Wednesday November 22 Beacon Theatre New York, NY 8:00PM

official website : www.brianwilson.com

Give A listen to the iTunes Pet Sounds Podcast series here

MP3: The Beach Boys -That’s Not Me
MP3:
The Beach Boys -Here Today

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