August 10, 2019
Show Time: 7:30 pm
SHOUT! Promotions presents Brian Wilson: Pet Sounds + Greatest Hits with special guests Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin at the Embassy Theatre Aug. 10, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m.
Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. He was barely out of his teens when he began to co-write classics, including “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girl.” He co-wrote and performed with his family band, the Beach Boys.
Pet Sounds; the emotional autobiography of its 23-year old “auteur,” is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever made. In the process of bringing it to life, its composer, arranger and producer (that is, Mr. 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 (including two astounding instrumentals); Pet Sounds was a musical canvas as boundless as Brian’s heart.
On the charts in America, the album reached #10 and featured four hit singles (including two Top 10 hits, a reworking of the folk standard “Sloop John B” [#3] and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” [#8] as well as two others that cracked the Top 40—“God Only Knows” and “Caroline No”). The former is considered by many, including Sir Paul McCartney, to be one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded; the latter was released as a solo single under the name “Brian Wilson.”