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Brian Wilson

The Beach Boys' classic Pet Sounds turns 50 this year. The band's mastermind Brian Wilson already announced that he'd be playing it in full at the Primavera Sound and Levitation festivals, and now he's announced a full tour of it. Brian and his band will be joined by fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. He says these will be the last-ever full performances of the album.

The tour unfortunately does not hit NYC, but there are other Northeast shows in Boston, NJ, DC, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, upstate NY and more. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday (1/29) with presales starting Wednesday (1/27). All dates are listed below...

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Primavera

Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

Continue reading "Primavera 2016 lineup (Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson, Drive Like Jehu, Suede, more)"

Also: Talking Heads, Yoko Ono, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Courtney Love, Brian May, Jimmy Page, The Who, Peter Gabriel, New Order, Yoko Ono, J Mascis & more

Paul McCartney David Bowie

We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

Bowie Jagger

The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

Bowie Devo

Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

Yoko Ono John Lennon David Bowie

Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...

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Levitation Festival 2016

Austin's Levitation Festival already announced a few of its 2016 performers, including Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, plus Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, Lee Scratch Perry, Ty Segall, Black Mountain, and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. The full lineup has new been revealed and also includes Caribou, Slowdive, Super Furry Animals, Boris, Dungen, The Black Angels, Sunn O))), Royal Trux, Oneohtrix Point Never, Shabazz Palaces, Lee Ranaldo, Ultimate Painting, Nicolas Jaar and more.

Levitation happens April 29 - May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin. Weekend passes are on sale and full lineup is listed below.

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Levitation Austin 2016
Levitation Austin 2016

Dates and the initial lineup for the 2016 Levitation Festival have been announced. Formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, the three-day festival returns to Carson Creek Ranch from April 29 - May 1 and will feature Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, plus performances by Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, Lee Scratch Perry, Ty Segall, Black Mountain, and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. Lots more artists will be announced later but weekend passes, deluxe passes, camping passes, and camping rentals are on sale now. You can watch the lineup announce video below.

Meanwhile, Levitation will be in NYC for CMJ with a showcase at Rough Trade on October 17 featuring Ringo Deathstarr, Shannon and the Clams, Whitney, Cheatahs, Stealing Sheep, Murals, and Cloud Castle Lake. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Continue reading "Levitation Austin announces 2016 dates & initial lineup: Brian Wilson playing 'Pet Sounds,' Animal Collective, BJM & more"

Brian, Bruce & friends (photo by @bitchitssammy)
Brian Wilson

After playing Jones Beach (pictures), Brian Wilson brought his tour to NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center last night (7/1). Like the rest of the tour, he was joined by on stage by fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, but this particular stop included another special guest: Jersey hero Bruce Springsteen. The Boss joined the boys in the encore for "Barbara Ann" and "Surfin' USA." That's them pictured above, and you can watch a video of Bruce's appearance below (via NJ.com).

Like the Jones Beach show, the show was heavy on Beach Boys material and included a bit of Brian's new solo album. Rodriguez opened. Full setlist below.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Brian Wilson / Al Jardine / Rodriguez
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
Rodriguez

Beach Boy Brian Wilson brought his tour to Jones Beach last night (6/30) for his first of two NYC-area shows this week. The tour's in support of his new solo record, No Pier Pressure, and he did play a few off that, but mostly he filled the set with Beach Boys faves. For this tour, his band includes former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, and Brian gives them a chance to take lead on some songs too. They opened with "Our Prayer" into "Heroes and Villains," played a bunch of earlier highlights like "In My Room" and "Surfer Girl," '70s fave "Sail On, Sailor," a couple more off Smile and of course a few from Pet Sounds too. Brian's full setlist is below.

Storied folk singer Rodriguez opened with a solo set that included a handful of his songs, and covers of Jefferson Airplane, The Flamingos, Vic Damone and Little Willie John. The venue never really filled up for either set, but neither Brian nor Rodriguez seemed to let that bother them and both sounded great. They do it again near NYC at PNC Bank Arts Center tonight (7/1) (tickets). Pictures of Jones Beach are in this post.

In other news, in celebration of the new Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy, Brian re-recorded the film's title track "with local public school students who benefit from Little Kids Rock's free Modern Band music program." You may remember two years ago, he played the LIttle Kids Rock benefit in NYC.

Video of the "Love & Mercy" performance, with more pictures and setlists from Jones Beach, below...

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photo by Neil Krug
Mini Mansions

Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman also fronts the band Mini Mansions, who put out their sophomore album, The Great Pretenders, last month on T Bone Burnett's Electromagnetic Recordings/Capitol Records (Burnett's first signing). The album features a few of Michael's famous friends, such as Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson. Alex sings a verse on "Vertigo," and he also stars in the video along with several topless women (so needless to say, NSFW), and Brian sings backup on "Any Emotions." You can watch the videos for both below.

Mini Mansions have upcoming dates supporting Tame Impala, My Morning Jacket and Royal Blood (separately), and play a few festivals including Desert Daze and Austin Psych Fest. They also have a few headlining shows, including one in NYC on June 8 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/8) at noon.

All dates are listed, with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Mini Mansions (mem QOTSA) released a new album ft. Brian Wilson & Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, touring (dates, videos)"

photo: David Crosby at City Winery in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Croz

David Crosby was once the radical musician who pushed The Byrds in a more psychedelic direction until it resulted in his departure, and then formed one of the greatest folk rock supergroups of all time. And as Stereogum points out, yesterday the 73-year-old legend himself took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, including a lot about his opinions on other people's music.

Here's what Croz had to say about Kanye West:

As for someone who does have talent, Billy Joel...

If you didn't already know, Croz has kept up to date too. He digs Fleet Foxes, the band you may have heard compared to CSNY:

And Wilco:

And Jessica Pratt:

He likes Kanye collaborator Paul McCartney:

But thinks he'd only work with 'Ye to widen his audience:

He loves Brian Wilson:

But definitely not Mike Love:

There's at least a chance you could see him jam with Phil Lesh during all this Grateful Dead excitement:

But not at the actual Dead shows in Chicago or the Jerry tribute in Maryland:

He does not dig The Doors though:

And last but not least (for now), Ryley Walker asked him about bongs:

You can read way more of the very entertaining Q&A at his Twitter.

Listen to some of Crosby's finest (and one of his weirdest) moments below...

Continue reading "David Crosby calls Kanye West a talentless poser & Mike Love a jerk, but likes Fleet Foxes, Wilco & Jessica Pratt"

photo: Brian Wilson at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson was already scheduled to perform at NJ's State Theatre 2015 Benefit Gala in May, and he's now revealed a full tour to take place in the following months. It kicks off in California, brings him back to the NYC-area for a couple shows, and ends back on the West Coast in Seattle. The band for this run includes former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. And in what should be a great double bill, storied singer Rodriguez will open on almost all dates (except Toronto).

The NYC-area shows happen June 30 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and July 1 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets for those shows go on sale April 17 at noon.

Brian's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, is due out April 7 via Capitol, and the new biopic on his life will screen this month at SXSW. All dates are listed, with the lyric video for "The Right Time" from the new album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Brian Wilson at Wellmont Theater in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson is releasing his new solo album, No Pier Pressure, on April 7 via Capitol, and he's now put out a new single from it, "The Right Time." The song features his former bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks (with Al singing lead), and if nothing else, it's got plenty of those trademark Beach Boys harmonies in the chorus. Watch the lyric video, which includes studio footage of Brian and his pals, below. You can get an instant download of the song if you pre-order the album on iTunes.

Brian doesn't have a tour announced yet, but he is playing the State Theatre 2015 Benefit Gala on May 16 in NJ. Tickets are currently on presale for State Theatre Benefactor Donors, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (2/20) at 10 AM.

Continue reading "Brian Wilson releases "The Right Time" from new LP (listen)"

photo: Brian Wilson at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brian Wilson

A lot of people are calling Brian Wilson a liar for his false reports on the Iraq War. Though unless the former Beach Boy has a secret history as a news anchor that we're not aware of, chances are they mean NBC's Brian Williams (of BriTunes fame!), who was suspended for 6 months after admitting to those exact same accusations.

It may have seemed, however, that Brian Wilson was a liar for saying Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey would be on his upcoming solo album. Though one of his reps has since told Pitchfork that he did intend for them to be on it, but scheduling issues wouldn't allow it.

Brian also spoke this week in a new video for Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming biopic on his life, Love & Mercy, which will screen at SXSW. You can watch a three-minute video of him and members of the cast speaking about it, below.

Meanwhile, Brian still hasn't announced a tour in support of his new album, but he did announce he'll be performing at New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre 2015 Benefit Gala concert on May 16. Tickets go on sale Friday, 2/20 at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday, 2/19 at 10 AM. Gala tickets are $700, but concert-only tickets range from $55-$150.

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by Bill Pearis

Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in 'Love & Mercy'
beach boys

The music lineup has been gradually rolling out for SXSW 2015, and now the film festival has announced its features lineup. It includes a few notable music-related titles: unconventional Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy which stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as the Beach Boys leader at different ages and Paul Giamatti as Wilson's psychiatrist/manager Dr. Eugene Landy; Breaking a Monster, the documentary about NYC tweenage metal band Unlocking the Truth (who just played T5 with Marilyn Manson); 808, a documentary about the famed Roland drum machine; All Things Must Pass, Colin Hanks' documentary about Tower Records; Nirvana doc Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck; and Julien Temple's The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson about the legendary Dr. Feelgood guitarist and cancer survivor.

There's also: Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro which follows the comedian on tour playing fans houses and other unconventional spots; Russell Brand documentary BRAND: A Second Coming from DiG! director Ondi Timoner; a "work-in-progress" screening of Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, written and starring Amy Schumer (and mainly filmed in Williamsburg last summer); and Ryan Gosling's supposedly very weird directorial debut, Lost River, which features a score by Chromatics's Johnny Jewel (stream a track below).

Film Festival badges are on sale now. Full list of 2015 SXSW films, below....

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by Andrew Sacher

Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson has revealed details for his eleventh solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be out on April 7 via Capitol Records. The album features his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin; members of his touring band (including band leader Darian Sahanaja, who helped arrange the 2004 release of Smile); and a handful of collaborations with modern musicians including Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, fun.'s Nate Ruess, Kacey Musgraves and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.

At the risk of bumming Brian out even more (he's already negatively reacted to backlash against these collaborations), I have to say it would've been nice to see him working with musicians who do the sound he created justice, like maybe Robin Pecknold, Panda Bear or even Rivers Cuomo, but it's also not too surprising that he went with a more mainstream cast.

The record was produced by Joe Thomas, who also co-produced the Beach Boys' 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, with Brian. You can check out the tracklist below...

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Diane Coffee

Brian Wilson, the mastermind behind The Beach Boys, turns 72 today (happy birthday Brian!), so it's good timing for a Beach Boys cover, which we've gotten from Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming's Diane Coffee project. One might argue there there are about 300 better options, but he has taken on "Kokomo," the 1988 hit that Brian actually had no part of (but certainly sounded like it was trying to recreate his style). Shaun said of picking this song, "Kokomo has always been one of my favorite summer songs. For as long as I can remember I've played it in my head as a slightly darker tropical tune."

You can listen to his darker (and sax-less) take on the song in this post, below...

Continue reading "Foxygen side project Diane Coffee covered The Beach Boys' "Kokomo" (happy birthday Brian Wilson?) (listen)"

by Bill Pearis

chris catalena

Having spent time in a number of bands over the last few years, Chris Catalena is set to release his new solo album, Here Comes the Time in June via Pau Wau Records. The album was made in California with Brian Jonestown Massacre's Rob Campanella producing, and the record features members of Black Angels, Strange Boys, as well as Brian Wilson percussionist Nelson Bragg. Written while staying in Los Angeles and nearby Laurel Canyon, it's definitely got some of that history infused in its dusty, twilight-psychedelic songs. We've got the premiere of one of them, "Here Comes The Time," which you can listen to in this post.

Chris Catalena and his band The Native Americans don't have tour plans as of yet, but they will be playing this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, playing Sunday (5/4) afternoon on the Reverberation Stage. So if you're heading to APF, do check him out.

Song stream below...

Continue reading "Chris Catalena releasing new album featuring mems of Black Angels, BJM, Brian Wilson's band & others (stream a track)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Darlene Love & Bill Medley / Brian Wilson / Elvis Costello
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock

At Cipriani's on Wall Street in New York City, a handful of legendary artists- Little Steven Van Zandt, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Elvis Costello and Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers- came together to pay tribute to Darlene Love. It was the fifth annual "Right 2 Rock" event, raising funds for Little Kids Rock, an organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in public schools, mainly in disadvantaged areas that are threatened by budget cuts...

...Last year's honoree, E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt is an avowed Love fan, having produced and written for her, he also led a successful campaign to get her inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He served as the night's musical director, playing guitar while conducting the band and looking ecstatic the entire time. Last year, Love performed in Van Zandt's honor. Before last night's show, she told Radio.com that being honored this year "Is a weird feeling. It's also humbling" Always gracious, she deflected attention away from herself, saying "It's not about me, even though they're honoring me. It's about the kids. To be able to give them something they need, and can't afford, and that the government won't help them with." - [Radio.com]

Brian Wilson stayed busy last week, playing two shows with Jeff Beck and then appearing as part of the Darlene Love tribute at Cipriani's on Thursday (10/17) with Elvis Costello, Bill Medley, Little Steven and more. Pics from the gala event are in this post.

More below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Brian Wilson / Jeff Beck @ Wellmont Theatre, 10/16/2013
Brian Wilson and Jeff beck
Brian Wilson and Jeff beck

This was not a concert for casual Beach Boys fans, or Jeff Beck fans for that matter. And there were a few of each faction in the lobby near the end of the two-hour-plus set complaining about being cheated out of more material -- particularly from folks who came to see Wilson.

Another fan sporting a Jeff Beck tour shirt was also audibly frustrated by the setlist as he stormed toward the exit before the encore.

They were counterbalanced, however, by many who sat riveted for the duration, occasionally with jaws agape or wiping tears from their eyes. There were some truly magical moments -- make that many magical moments to be found -- beginning with the opening number.

Instead of launching into the chugging rocker "Do It Again," which came third in the set, Wilson's group opened playing no instruments at all. And their flawless rendition of "A Young Man Is Gone" provided electrifying evidence of what was to come. - [Soundspike]

The above review comes from Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck's show in Wallingford, CT. The pair were in NYC last week as part of their tour, having played The Beacon Theatre (where they surprised the audience by doing Pet Sounds in full) and then played Montclair, NJ's Wellmont Theatre on Wednesday (10/16) that also featured Blondie Chaplin on a few songs, not to mention fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks. Pictures and setlist from that show are in this post.

Brian then stuck around NYC afterward to sing at the Darlene Love tribute at Cipriani's. More photos from Wellmont below...

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Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck @ Beacon Theatre - 10/15/13 (via Evan Agostini)
Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson and guitar maestro Jeff Beck are on a tour together (that also includes ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks), and that tour came to NYC for a show at Beacon Theatre last night (10/15). It was doubly special because it featured Blondie Chaplin (who sang lead on the album version of "Sail On Sailor"), but triply special because Brian unexpectedly performed the classic 1966 Beach Boys album Pet Sounds in its entirety! From Rolling Stone's review:

Jeff Beck is along for the ride, too, and is in the middle of recording a new album with Wilson. At first glance the pairing seems completely incongruous, since the 1960s British blues rock scene had little in common with the Surf Wall of Sound that Brian created 5,000 miles away in Los Angeles. But the minute the former Yardbird played the opening notes of "Surf's Up" on the guitar - flawlessly recreating the original vocal melody while Wilson and his bandmates contributed gorgeous backing vocals - the pairing made complete sense. These are artists with a lot of mutual respect, and they've found a way to perfectly compliment each other.

The show began promptly at 8:00 PM with Wilson and his band performing a beautiful a-cappella rendition of "Their Hears Were Full of Spring" by the Four Freshman, a formative influence on Wilson. After getting the crowd on their feet with "California Girls," they brought out Blondie Chaplin - a man whose tenure in the Beach Boys stretches from early 1972 all the way to late 1973. He cut two albums in that time period, and song lead on the classic "Sail on Sailor." Forty years later, he delivered it with pretty stunning vocal power and followed it up with the fan favorite "Wild Honey."

It was at this point that Wilson dropped the bomb: not only were they going to play "Wouldn't It Be Nice" next, but they it would be followed by the rest of Pet Sounds in sequence. It's the first time he's done the album in many years, and the first time he's ever done an album without any prior announcement. The audience was stunned into silence, and didn't seem to even believe it was true until sometime around "That's Not Me." They didn't have the string section from the Pet Sounds tour of 2000 - 2001, but the band was clearly up for the challenge.

Pet Sounds is a very demanding album for Wilson vocally, and although Jeff Foskett handled many of the higher notes, it was clear Wilson gave it everything he had. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" has rarely been so touching, and "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" was incredibly moving. "Now we're going to play, I think, the best song I ever wrote," he said before "God Only Knows." "And I've written a lot of songs." Nobody can match Carl Wilson's original vocals, but he still did a stellar job and got a huge standing ovation.

Afterwards, Jeff Beck took the stage for his portion of the set, which included Brian joining him for a few Smile classics, "Our Prayer," "Child Is Father of the Man," and "Surf's Up." Check out a couple videos and the full setlist below.

The tour continues in NJ tonight (10/16) at Wellmont Theatre, and after that Brian will be hanging around to play the Right to Rock benefit (which honors Darlene Love) on Thursday (10/17) at Cipriani (55 Wall Street) with Elvis Costello, Jake Clemons, Paul Schaffer and many more special guests. There will also be a live and silent charity auction, which features "prizes like dinner with Maureen & Steven Van Zandt, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and a private tour of Carlo's Bakery." $1000 tickets are available, and proceeds benefit Little Kids Rock.

Videos and the setlist below...

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Blondie Chaplin

"Blondie was one of my favorite singers in the '70s. He blew my mind with 'Sail On, Sailor' and he also sang on a song called 'Funky Pretty' on The Beach Boys' Holland album," Brian Wilson said. "Until two weeks ago, I hadn't seen him since 1974. It was great to see him again. He came into the studio and sang on one of my new tracks called 'He Come Down' - and he sang it great. I'm stoked that he'll be performing at a few of our shows." [Pollstar]
As discussed, former Beach Boy Brian Wilson and guitar maestro Jeff Beck are going on a tour together this year. Brian will be joined by fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Dave Marks, and it's now been announced that they'll also be joined by past member Blondie Chaplin, who most famously sang lead on "Sail On, Sailor," the opening track on 1973's Holland. (The track was written by Brian and his Smile collaborator Van Dyke Parks, and performed/sung by Brian on The Beach Boys' 2012 tour.)

Blondie will only be joining the tour on a few of the dates, but one of those is the NYC show which happens on October 15 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available (but "not many left"). The tour also hits Wellmont Theatre (10/16) a day later, but Blondie is not currently set to appear at that one (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with a stream of "Sail On, Sailor," below...

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Brian Wilson w/ The Beach Boys at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) and Jeff Beck (overall classic rock guitar wizard) are touring together this year, and that tour has just been expanded to include another NYC-area date on October 16 at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (8/29) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Mobile App presales starting Wednesday (8/28) at 10 AM.

Brian and Jeff's tour also hits NYC a day earlier at Beacon Theatre (10/15), and tickets for that show are still available (but "not many left"). Updated dates are listed below.

Wellmont Theatre, now booked by Live Nation, has been announcing other shows too, including blink-182, and their current schedule is below.

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Brian Wilson w/ The Beach Boys at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Last year, pop genius Brian Wilson reunited with The Beach Boys for a tour, which has since ended, and the Boys have gone back to touring without Brian (or Al Jardine or Dave Marks). Fortunately, Brian has some touring plans of his own. This fall, he'll be heading out with classic rock guitar maestro Jeff Beck for a tour which will include the two musicians performing solo and together.

There's no exact word on what material they'll be performing, but it seems likely that there will be some stuff played from Brian's upcoming new album, which as Consequence of Sound points out, includes appearances from Al Jardine, Dave Marks, and... Jeff Beck. The tour hits NYC on October 15 at Beacon Theatre. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon with a Citi Cardmember presale starting Tuesady (8/6) at 10 Am and another presale starting Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM.

Last month, Brian, Al and Dave went on a mini tour that included an Atlantic City show. Check out a 16 minute video from that show, along with a list of all Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck tour dates, below...

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Mike Love of The Beach Boys at Jones Beach, June 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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We knew this was coming, but now, as the Beach Boy's reunion tour comes to its scheduled end in the UK, it's official:

The reunion of founding members of the Beach Boys will not continue beyond this week, according to the band's frontman Mike Love.

Brian Wilson and Al Jardine - both founding members of the legendary Californian pop group - have been told their involvement in the band's touring commitments will cease after this week.

David Marks, who originally joined the band as a replacement for Jardine in 1962, is also to be relieved of his touring duties.

Singer Mike Love, who owns the rights the band's name following a series of legal battles, released a statement which said:

"The post-50th anniversary configuration will not include Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. The 50th Reunion Tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark a special 50-year milestone for the band." -[Telegraph]

The end of the 50th Reunion Tour happens this week in the UK with Wilson, Marks and Al Jardine in tow. The remaining dates are 9/27 at Royal Albert Hall and 9/28 at Wembley Arena.

They recently toured the US and played Jones Beach, PNC Bank Arts Center, Bonnaroo, and Beacon Theater twice. They also released a new LP  together.

photos by Greg Cristman

The Beach Boys at Jones Beach - 6/24/12
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The Beach Boys brought their tour, which already hit Beacon Theater, Bonnaroo, and Central Park for Good Morning America, to Jones Beach on Sunday (6/24). They were introduced by John Stamos, who also joined them on drums for a few songs. Like they've been doing at other shows on the tour, they mainly focused on their earlier material during the first set like "Surfer Girl," "Don't Back Down," and "I Get Around," and when they returned for their second set, we were given some of the great tracks from their late '60s/early '70s period including "Heroes and Villains" with the "Our Prayer" intro. According to this YouTube video, the Jones Beach show was the first ever performance of "Our Prayer" with Brian on stage. They also threw in others from that period like "God Only Knows," "Good Vibrations," "Forever," and more. Plus, they included a number of their standard covers in their set like "Then I Kissed Her," "Do You Wanna Dance?" and "Barbara Ann." As usual, Brian spent most of the time sitting behind his grand piano (which may or may not be real). One message boarder writes:

I was kind of put off at first because the beginning seemed to lack energy, but things picked up as the crowd became more into it. Disappointingly enough, the person to get the most applause was John Stamos. Luckily, he was only limited to "Be True to Your School" (which got the most applause, somehow) and the encore. For "Kokomo", the audience would applaud every time he appeared on the screens surrounding the stage. Seems like the casual concertgoer has their priorities mixed up.

Highlights for me were "Please Let Me Wonder" and "Our Prayer"/"Heroes and Villains". Brian sounded like he was channeling his old self for the beginning of "Please Let Me Wonder", but slipped back into his current voice shortly after. Either way, it was amazing, but "Our Prayer"/"Heroes and Villains" took me by surprise. I was hoping for "Gee" after "Our Prayer", but I'll take it. The Dennis and Carl tributes were also great, and they work so well in the context of the concert. I was happy to hear "Pet Sounds", but thought David could have done a better job with the lead guitar. The spotlight was on him, and he seemed to put just the minimum amount of effort in. Maybe this will get better as the tour goes on. I was disappointed to not hear "This Whole World" or "Darlin'", the latter of which I was really happy to see had been added to the group's tour line-up recently. "Marcella" was back, at least.

I think the most heartbreaking part of the show was seeing Brian in action for the first time. He was "on" for the first set and into the show, but all of the Brian-centric songs in the second set seemed to tire him out, such that he didn't bother playing the bass he strapped on for the encore. I didn't notice how, but during "Fun, Fun, Fun", the bass was removed and he was left awkwardly standing on the stage, waiting for the song to end. It seems to be a miracle that he has managed to stay on the tour for so long, because you definitely get a sense of him not wanting to be there.

Overall, it was an excellent show. They played so many songs so well that just the first set would have been enough, and it's impossible to expect Brian to be in top form at any show, so it's hard to be picky. I hope they play here again, but I'm not holding out any hope, given the nature of the tour.

The Beach Boys will return to the NYC area on Wednesday (6/27) at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ. More pictures from Jones Beach, and the setlist, below...

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As we mentioned yesterday, June 20 was Brian Wilson's 70th birthday. Happy birthday again Brian! The band celebrated backstage at a show in Montreal as you can see in the picture above (a bigger shot of the cake is below).

How does Wilson feel about turning 70?

"Are you kidding?" he tells Rolling Stone. "I feel great! I don't think I look or act 70. I feel more like I'm in my mid-forties."

Wilson celebrated with a party backstage during a tour stop at Montreal's Bell Centre, where he was gifted with a cake resembling the album cover to the Beach Boys' new LP, That's Why God Made The Radio. As the audience broke into "Happy Birthday," balloons sent by Wilson's wife surrounded him onstage. Earlier that day, Wilson received a call from his old buddy Paul McCartney, who celebrated his own 70th birthday two days earlier. "[Paul] said, 'Happy birthday, friend!" Wilson says. "I said, 'Happy birthday to you, Paul.' He told me he was headed into Abbey Road. I told him we were on our way to Montreal. I think he said something like, 'Can you believe we made it this far?' It was very pleasant and sweet.'

The Beach Boys are now on tour and will be hitting PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach soon. Watch video of them playing Good Morning America in Central Park last week (did you go?), and more, below...

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