Beach Boys founder and creative torchbearer Brian Wilson will bring music from one of the most innovative and influential albums in pop-music history to the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on May 20 on the tour titled Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances.
This will be the second South Florida stop on Wilson’s victory lap for “Pet Sounds,” which marked its 50th anniversary in 2016. Wilson also performed music from the album Sept . 14, 2016, at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.
Accompanied by a 10-member pop-rock orchestra — which includes fellow Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine and ’70s-era Beach Boy, guitarist, singer and songwriter Blondie Chaplin — Wilson has earned broad critical acclaim for these performances, which supplement tracks from the album with a range of Beach Boys hits and deep tracks.
In a review of a tour stop earlier this year near Wilson’s hometown, the Los Angeles Times found Wilson in a chipper mood, with vocals that were “assertive and confident throughout the show.” And at 75, he is still able to rekindle the magic he created as a 23-year-old songwriter on “Pet Sounds”:
“It’s the quest of a young adult still sorting out his own identity from someone he’s wronged that is at the heart of ‘That’s Not Me.’ The winsome youthfulness we heard in Wilson’s voice in 1966 is long gone, but the song’s gently sculpted melody, surprising chord progressions, signature Beach Boys harmonies and inspired choices from among the vast array of instruments Wilson brought into the mix remain as stirring as ever.”
For more information about the tour, visit BrianWilson.com.