Return of the king, and his world-wide wrecking crew. No Mikes allowed.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOHN BOYDSTON
Dear BLURT – here’s my gallery from the brilliant Brian Wilson Live show at The Fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta, on Friday September 9th. I don’t have much copy to add on this except to say I remember when seeing The Beach Boys was more about a sloppy beer-soaked sunburned day than about the music. But seeing Brian Wilson live these days is not a Beach Boys concert. It is experiencing the genius of Brian Wilson, as he leads a new hand-picked Wrecking Crew through most of his greatest songs, including all of his acclaimed “Pet Sounds” LP in its entirety, which turned 50 this year, all with the elegance, grace, wit, and top-class musicianship you would expect.
Sorry for all the wide-angle shots but the stage was so full of players; it’s what was going on, so I tried to capture some of that. Even in the widest of shots I don’t think you can see all 11-players up there in a single photo. Al Jardine is part of this ensemble, and carries so much of this show I was amazed to learn how much of the Beach Boys sound he is responsible for. And Al’s son, Matthew (back row, right), takes over the vocals on the songs where Brian can’t hit the falsetto parts, and does so flawlessly.
Just a brilliant performance by all, fun to watch, fun to hear, fun to experience. Tour dates through September and October are at http://www.brianwilson.com/tour/.
PS – the Fox Theater was packed for this show – and I didn’t hear anyone say – “I wish Mike Love was here.” #Mikewho?
Sincerely, John Boydston [Who can be found on Instagram as @rockdawgphoto so visit there and follow if you like pics of everything great.]