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Brian Wilson Says “Pet Sounds” Tour Features “Letter Perfect” Performance of the Album


Credit: Mark LondonThis Sunday, Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson kicks off the main North American portion of his 2016 solo tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of his old band’s acclaimed and influential album, Pet Sounds. Wilson says fans coming out to the shows will be treated to an authentic recreation of the sonically complex record.

“We approximate the album almost letter perfect,” Wilson tells ABC Radio. “It sounds just like the album itself.” He adds, “My band members are very good musicians.”

At each show, Brian and his band play the album in its entirety and also perform other classic Beach Boys tunes. To help augment his group, Wilson has two special guests joining him at the concerts — fellow founding Beach Boy Al Jardine and one-time Beach Boys singer Blondie Chaplin.

Wilson’s Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour gets underway in Brooklyn, New York, and will stop in more than 50 North American cities by the time it winds down on October 15 in Sacramento, California.

Meanwhile, today sees the release of a special 50th anniversary reissue of Pet Sounds, which will be available in various configurations, including an expansive Collector’s Edition featuring four CDs and a Blu-ray Audio disc.

The CDs included in the Collectors Edition feature remastered mono and stereo versions of the album, as well as alternate versions and mixes of tunes, outtakes, demos, studio session highlights, isolated tracks, promotional radio spots and previously unreleased live performances. The Blu-ray Audio disc includes 5.1 surround sound, stereo and mono mixes of the album.

Among the classic tunes featured on Pet Sounds are “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Sloop John B” and “God Only Knows,” the latter of which Wilson says is his favorite song on the album.

Here is the full list of North American dates on the Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour:

6/12 — Brooklyn, NY, Northside Fest – McCarren Park
6/14 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
6/15 — Portland, ME, Merrill Auditorium  
6/17 — Boston, MA, Symphony Hall (with Boston Pops Orchestra)
6/18 — Boston, MA, Symphony Hall (with Boston Pops Orchestra)
6/19 — Lennox, MA, Tanglewood
6/30 — San Diego, CA, San Diego County Fair
7/1 — Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Casino
7/3 — Ottawa, ON, Canada, Ottawa Jazz Festival
7/4 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
7/6 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
7/7 — St-Joseph-Du-Lac, QC, Canada, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place Des Arts
St-Joseph-Du-Lac, Canada
7/9 — Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theater
7/10 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
7/15 — Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
7/16 — Chicago, IL, Pitchfork Festival
7/17 — Council Bluffs, IA, Horseshoe Casino
7/20 — Kansas City, MO, Muriel Kauffman Theater
7/21 — St. Charles, MO, Family Arena
7/22 — Tunica, MS, Horseshoe Casino
7/23 — Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Casino (Al Jardine won’t appear)
8/16 — Bowling Green, KY, SKyPAC
8/18 — Asheville, NC, U.S. Cellular Center Asheville
8/19 — Raleigh, NC, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
8/20 — Roanoke, VA, Elmwood Park
8/22 — Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Arts
8/23 — Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick PAC
8/25 — Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center
8/27 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City
8/28 — Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion @ Meadowbrook
9/9 — Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
9/10 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
9/11 — Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
9/13 — St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
9/14 — Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/16 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
9/17 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
9/19 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
9/20 — North Bethesda, MD, Music Center at Strathmore
9/21 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
9/23 — Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
9/24 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
9/25 — Easton, PA, State Theater
9/27 — Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents at Oakdale
9/28 — Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo – Center for the Arts
9/30 — Detroit, MI, Fox Theater
10/2 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
10/4 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
10/5 — Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall
10/7 — Portland OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/8 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
10/10 — Arcata, CA, Humboldt State University – Van Duzer Theater
10/12 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
10/13 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
10/14 — Lake Tahoe, CA, Harrah’s Casino
10/15 — Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Community Center Theater

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