February 21, 2016

Brian Wilson Coming to St. Augustine

This is the kind of event that makes me wish I were a volunteer at the St. Augustine Ampitheatre. I know someone who volunteers as an usher and gets to attend the shows. If she didn't tell me ushers have to stand through the entire show, I would have been all over it. Unfortunately, standing on my feet for extended periods of time has always been a problem for me.

Then again, I think I'd suffer through to see and listen to the likes of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson. 

He'll be at the Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 20 as part of his 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album "Pet Sounds" in honor of its 50th anniversary. Originally released on May 16, 1966, “Pet Sounds” is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Those lucky enough to attend will be treated by a live performance of “Pet Sounds” in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist.

Wilson and his band will be joined by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin when they kick off the tour this Spring. 65 dates are now confirmed and several previously announced dates sold out in record time.

I don't think I'd hold off on getting tickets for the Amphitheatre concert if you want to attend. 

Wilson, widely regarded a musical genius, said “I would have the musicians keep playing over and over again ’til the sound made sense. I worked overtime on that; I worked hours to get it right. If the sound didn’t make any sense, then I wouldn’t know what to do — I’d be lost! It’s instinct that tells me. I have an instinct for music, or a feeling about it, and I’ll have my feelings guide my hands."

Brian is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. 

One song on his "Pet Sounds" album "God Only Knows" is believed by Paul McCartney and many others to be one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.

Originally released on May 16, 1966, “Pet Sounds” is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

“Pet Sounds” is a record that forever changed the course of popular music; the emotional autobiography of its 23-year old “auteur,” it is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever made. In the process of bringing it to life, 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.

So for those lucky enough to attend this concert, have a wonderful time while everyone else only dreams about it. We are so fortunate to have the Amphitheatre, which draws some of the best musical talents out there.

Tickets for the show go on sale today and can be purchased at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices, ticketmaster.com, all authorized TicketMaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000. 

SHOW: Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – Celebrating the 50th anniversary

with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin

VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre

DATE: Saturday, September 10, 2016

TIME: Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

ADMISSION: $89.50 – Seated Pit and Level 100

$69.50 – Level 200

$49.50 – Level 300

$39.50 – Obstructed View

WEBSITE: www.brianwilson.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com

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his blog post was adapted from the St. Augustine Record Compass February 18, 2016


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