Al Jardine talks touring with Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys' influence on children and more
Al Jardine is having a grand old time on tour with his Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson.
"I enjoy revisiting the, shall we say, more esoteric stuff that we've done in the past," he said by phone from Easton, Pa. His tour with Wilson, which hits St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater on Tuesday (click here for details), digs deeper than the "hits machine" that is the modern version of the Beach Boys, led by Mike Love.
"A lot of people like that, and that's okay," Jardine said. "We tend to take it to the next level."
But if you really want to hear Jardine gush, ask about his son Matt, who sings falsetto and plays guitar in Wilson's band.
"He got a standing O last night!" Al said. "He covers Don't Worry Baby, and the girls start screaming just like the old days. I couldn't believe it! He comes downstage with me, and he does his thing, and I mean, the girls love it."
Considering the music he grew up on, it's no coincidence that Matt followed in his father's footsteps. The Beach Boys' sweet and deceptively simple songs have long transcended generations, appealing to both parents and children in ways few artists ever have.
For more of our interview with Jardine -- including his thoughts on why the music of Wilson and the Beach Boys has endured and meant so much to so many -- click here.