Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck are taking their current studio collaboration to the stage. Wilson announced on his website (BrianWilson.com) that Beck will join him and fellow Beach Boys co-founders Al Jardine and David Marks for their October 20th gig at L.A.'s Greek Theatre. All the musicians have been recording with Wilson for his first album for Capitol Records in four years.
Wilson said of the upcoming live team-up, saying, "Jeff is one of the most amazing guitarists I've ever worked with and his vibe is inspiring, in fact I think we should do an album together! I feel like this is a cool continuation of what we did last year with the exciting addition of Jeff Beck. We've got some new tunes we want to try out on a live crowd as well as doing some great music from our catalogues."
In addition to performing with Wilson, Jardine, and Marks; Beck and his band will be performing a separate set of their own.
Jeff Beck has worked with numerous music legends throughout his career, but unlike the other Yardbirds guitarists -- Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page -- he never found the right combination of bandmates to spur him into wider popularity. He says that he doesn't mind being thought of as a music snob for having very specific tastes: "People will tend to think that really, really, trashy, awful music is music if they're not exposed to anything else and that's bad. I come from a whole different era long before all this stuff was about so I have to tread very carefully not to look as if we're a push button brigade, which we're not at all. My band are very highly skilled players and we wouldn't trade that for the world."
Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks tour dates (subject to change):
July 20 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Grand
July 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
July 23 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium
July 25 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion For The Performing Arts
July 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
July 27 - Apple Valley, MN - Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
October 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre (with Jeff Beck)