Brian Wilson at SKyPAC
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Brian Wilson is arguably the greatest American composer of popular music in the rock era. The creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history, it’s no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. Born and raised in Hawthorne, California, he formed the Beach Boys in 1961 alongside his two younger brothers (Dennis and Carl), cousin Mike Love and school friend Alan Jardine. Serving as the group’s primary songwriter, Wilson was barely out of his teens when he began to create some of the most beloved records ever including nine consecutive gold albums that featured such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls”.
By 1966, though, glorious harmonies, ingenious hooks and four years of virtually uninterrupted creative growth and commercial success was no longer enough to satisfy Wilson, and as his artistic horizons expanded dramatically, he produced three records in that landmark year that forever changed the course of popular music. The first was Pet Sounds; the emotional autobiography of its 23-year old “auteur,” it is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever made. In the process of bringing it to life, its composer, arranger and producer (that is, Mr. Wilson) rewrote all the rules of what a record could be; as one observer noted, its release was “Independence Day” for rock ‘n’ roll. Primarily working with a new collaborator (lyricist and songwriter Tony Asher), the album featured a dozen originals (including two astounding instrumentals); Pet Sounds was a musical canvas as boundless as Brian’s heart. (Ironically, when you hear the lost innocence in the wail of “Caroline No,” you realize that Pet Sounds not only heals our broken heart but Brian’s too.)
If you’ve seen Brian in concert, you’ve already witnessed the magic and the celebration. If you’ve heard his records, you know why he’s been called the Mozart of Rock, the Gershwin of his generation. In a culture where trends change overnight, Wilson has gone the distance. It’s been said that if music is math, then Wilson just might be Einstein. But no comparisons are really necessary he’s Brian Wilson, an American composer, arranger and producer whose work has proved to be as powerful as faith, as timeless as love and as heartfelt as mercy.
General Ticket Price Ranges:
Orchestra Level $80 – $150 (plus fees)
Mezzanine Level $60 (plus fees)
Balcony Level $40 (plus fees)
For more information call 270-904-1880 or visit theskypac.com