Surfs Up: Brian and Jeff Wow the Criti

Brian's electrifying shows with Jeff Beck and featuring Al Jardine, David Marks – and Blondie Chaplin on some dates – are garnering great reviews from the media and fans alike. We'll continue to post excerpts and links as the tour progresses. 

HOUSTON CHRONICAL: October 2, 2013 
Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck Breathe New Life Into the Classics
 
The last time Houstonians saw pop god Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks they were with the rest of the Beach Boys in the Woodlands on what was quite possibly that band’s last slash through the country playing their treasure of rolled gold together.

Singer Mike Love and Bruce Johnston parted company with those three soon after the tour concluded in a move that’s still being debated by rock fans in comment sections. Love insisted that the run — which included a new album, too — was always meant to be a “limited run,” as he told the Los Angeles times late last year inside a lengthy rundown of the 50th anniversary tour.

After the 2012 tour, Wilson, Jardine and Marks began scheduling a series of dates playing the songs they crafted decades ago for fans who didn’t get to experience the full-scale reunion shows. They aren’t billed as the Beach Boys but this is three-fifths of the surviving members of the bedrock 1963 lineup that made Surfin’ Safari.

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HOUSTON PRESS: October 1, 2013 
 Wilson and Al Jardine, Life's a (Busy) Beach

 He may be 71 years old, but Head Beach Boy Brian Wilson might be busier today than at any point in his career. Having already completed the band's 50th anniversary reunion tour and new studio record last year, he's now on the road with two of the Boys (Al Jardine and David Marks) and guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck for a fall co-headlining tour.

Then, he's working with journalist Jason Fine on a new autobiography (1991's Wouldn't It Be Nice is often dismissed as a whitewash under the influence of then-controversial therapist/manager, Eugene Landy). And filming on a biopic, Love & Mercy -- featuring Paul Dano as the young Brian and John Cusack as the mature one -- just wrapped.

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BOCA: September 29, 2013 
 Concert: Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck
Unless you had a trace of Nostradamus in your bloodline, there was no earthly way of knowing what to expect last Friday night when two of rock’s most enigmatic geniuses kicked off their oddly compelling tour at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

In one corner, we had the groundbreaking artistry and tortured soul of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson; in the other, we had Jeff Beck, the man Rolling Stone listed as the No. 5 greatest guitarist of all time—even though casual music aficionados would be hard-pressed to name a single song from the mostly instrumental solo career of the one-time member of the Yardbirds.

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NEW TIMES: September 30, 2013
Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck Kickoff Tour at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood

Better than: The so-called Beach Boys that Mike Love is trumpeting as the real deal. No love for Love from this guy!

Anyone who thought that teaming of Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck was somewhat incongruous, likely wasn't dissuaded when the pairing was put into practice on the first night of the duo's forthcoming tour at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.

While Beck's fluid version of "Surf's Up," one of the Beach Boys' landmark accomplishments, seemed an ample nod in the direction of Wilson and special guests Al Jardine and David Marks, who all three cooed along nicely, there was little other common ground between the artists. True, they tried the same tack when Beck offered a soaring take on Pet Sounds' "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on my Shoulder)" -- though there were doubtless many in the crowd who didn't catch the connection -- it didn't all entirely make sense, a final jam session of sorts on "Surfin' USA" and "Fun Fun Fun" notwithstanding.

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TAMPA TRIBUNE: September 28, 2013
Surf Music Legend Brian Wilson, Guitarist Jeff Beck, Play Clearwater

At first glance, Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck wouldn’t appear to have much in common.

But on one memorable Saturday evening, the 71-year-old founder of the Beach Boys and the 69-year-old British guitar icon combined to thrill a near-sellout crowd at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Fresh off a 50th anniversary tour celebrating the legacy of the Beach Boys, Wilson opened the show with a 65-minute set that featured ballads like “Surfer Girl” and rockers like “Help Me, Rhonda” and “I Get Around.’’

The highlight was a four-song suite from the 1967 landmark album Pet Sounds, including “God Only Knows,” introduced by Wilson as Paul McCartney’s favorite song. Wilson was backed by an 11-piece band that featured fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks.

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