Brian Wilson coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
Sure, technically, "The Beach Boys" are one of the greatest pop bands of all time, and an influence to countless pop and indie bands working today. But considering Head Boy Brian Wilson hasn't performed with the group in ages, and the current incarnation is a fragmented shell of its glory-days lineup, we weren't really talking about THE BEACH BOYS, were we? Imagine a band called The Beatles Experience Featuring Ringo Starr. Doesn't have the same cache, does it?
Today, though, we are mighty impressed -- because Wilson, the principal architect of the Beach Boys' sound, is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 6. Tickets are $45-$69, and they go onsale Friday at noon. Click here for details.
Ruth Eckerd Hall is promising that Wilson will perform "the greatest hits of the Beach Boys as well as his solo classics," so you should get your fill of Good Vibrations, Wouldn't It Be Nice and California Girls, not to mention tracks from his magnum opus, Smile. And while his epically gorgeous God Only Knows was originally sung by Wilson's late brother Carl, he has taken to performing it in concert, too.
But really, it doesn't matter what Wilson sings. Any live performance by the reclusive, enigmatic singer is cause for celebration. We're sittin' on top of the world.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.