Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson has announced that he will be playing a number of UK dates as part of his ‘Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour’. Wilson composed, arranged and produced the album in 1966, it would eventually go on to become one of the best selling records of all time.
Read any Top 10 list of pop albums and you’re guaranteed to find ‘Pet Sounds’ somewhere near the top end.
The Beach Boys were one of the most prolific bands of the 1960s, and by 1966 they had already released a staggering ten studio records. The band had become well known for their care-free surf rock sound, gaining critical acclaim for their hit songs ‘Surfin’ U.S.A’ , ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’, ‘California Girls’ and ‘Barbara Ann’.
At the peak of the bands popularity, frontman Brian Wilson decided to stop touring with the group in order to focus his creative energies on songwriting. His aim was to write the greatest rock album ever made, and by January 1966 the very first recording sessions to place for ‘Pet Sounds’.
With songs such as ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘Sloop John B’ and ‘God Only Knows’, it was immediately apparent that the record marked a huge turning point for the Beach Boys. Its lavish orchestral arrangements, ultra-layered vocal harmonies and use of abstract instruments such as the theremin set the record apart from almost every other act in the world at the time.
Wilson is now brining the record to the UK for one final tour. He will be performing at both Camp Bestival and Kendall Calling festivals as well as two solo shows at London’s Eventim Apollo (August 1) and Sheffield’s City Hall (August 2). Wilson said of the upcoming gigs: “I’m really happy to be able to come back to the UK and perform Pet Sounds yet again for all our fans. The response from everyone has been amazing and that’s why we decided to come back and play Pet Sounds for one last time.” “We want to thank the fans in the UK for all their support, and look forward to playing these shows this Summer. Love and Mercy, Brian.”