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Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck

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Oct 11, 2013

Fri 8:00 PM

95 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT 06492

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Performers:

  • Brian Wilson
  • Jeff Beck

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Cost

49.50 to 75.00

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Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson is widely regarded as one of the most prolific singers, songwriters, and overall musicians alive today. He has performed notorious tour dates and released platinum records as the leader of the Beach Boys, as well as during his own highly successful solo career. While Wilson's original compositions have brought him international acclaim, he is currently garnering praise for his recreations of George and Ira Gershwin songs, as well as finishing two unfinished compositions. With an upcoming album full of Disney covers, fans are excited over Brian Wilson's upcoming 2011 tour dates in the US and Europe.

From a young age, Brian Wilson exhibited an uncanny musical talent. As a child, he began singing and composing songs with his younger brothers Carl and Dennis and performed songs at his high school. After writing a song for classmate and musician Al Jardine, the duo formed a band called The Pendletones with Brian's brothers and cousin Mike Love. The Beach Boys would go on to be one of the most iconic US bands in history, with Brian at the forefront writing songs and coordinating other members of the band. Rigorous tour dates and heaped responsibility began to take their toll on Wilson during his creation of the album, Smile. Combined by the birth of his first daughter, Carnie, tensions with other members of the band, increased drug use, and discouragement over hearing The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Wilson's mental health began to deteriorate.

By 1970, Brian had ceased nearly all participation in the Beach Boys and retreated into seclusion. He made contributions in the mid 70s and 80s, but then quit the band to receive proper medical care for his health issues. Brian Wilson truly began his solo career with Imagination in 1998, which was favorably received by critics and marked his first tour dates in over a decade. In 2004, Brian Wilson finally released his masterpiece, Smile. Initially written as a Beach Boy project, Wilson released the album as a solo project but has plans to release a Beach Boy version of the album in August, 2011. The album received rave reviews from critics and led to Disney signing Wilson to perform an album of Gershwin classics.

It's also guaranteed many more years of Brian Wilson's tour dates, including those in 2011. Beginning on July 29, Brian will resume months worth of North American tour dates, including five concerts in California. On September 7, Wilson's concert schedule will take him to Europe, where he'll play Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin in its entirety. Brian Wilson's 2011 tour dates will conclude on on September 22 in Brussels, so be sure to buy your tickets today!

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