Blondie Chaplin -- the legendary voice of the Beach Boys' classic 1973 hit, "Sail On Sailor" -- has signed on as a special guest for five shows on this fall's Brian Wilson tour with fellow Beach Boys co-founders Al Jardine and David Marks, along with guitar legend Jeff Beck.
In the statement announcing his participation on the upcoming tour, Brian Wilson said: "Blondie was one of my favorite singers in the '70s. He blew my mind with 'Sail On Sailor' and he also sang on a song called 'Funky Pretty,' on the Beach Boys' Holland album. Until two weeks ago, I hadn't seen him since 1974. It was great to see him again. He came into the studio and sang on one of my new tracks called 'He Come Down' -- and he sang it great. I'm stoked that he'll be performing at a few of our shows."
Chaplin, who along with his fellow South African bandmate in the Flame, drummer Ricky Fataar, joined the Beach Boys in 1971 after Carl Wilson produced a 1970 cult classic album for the group. Throughout 1972 and 1973, Chaplin and Fataar helped redefine the Beach Boys' live act, which saw the band performing in the arena circuit by the time of Chaplin's late-1973 exit. Chaplin contributed material to 1972's Carl And The Passions - "So Tough" and the groundbreaking 1973 Holland collection. Chaplin is also featured extensively on 1973's The Beach Boys In Concert album. After leaving the group, Chaplin performed with Rick Danko, the Band, Mick Taylor, and was part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration Of The Byrds.
Between 1997 and 2007, he was a part of the Rolling Stones' studio and touring ensemble, singing backup and playing guitar. He's been featured on the Stones' albums, Bridges To Babylon, No Security, Live Licks, A Bigger Bang, Shine A Light, and Light The Fuse. Most recently he's been playing dates with Joe Bonassamo.
On August 23rd, Blondie Chaplin joined Brian Wilson and Al Jardine in the studio to lay down tracks for his first Beach Boys-related session in over 40 years. Chaplin told us it was great to reconnect with Al Jardine: "He was so happy that it almost unnerved me, 'cause I haven't seen him for a long time. But he was in New York, and a friend of mine, who plays bass -- Keith Lentin at the Guitar Center -- and he met him there and he said, 'Hey, give love to Blondie and tell him to give me a call,' and blah, blah, blah. So, he was very excited. When I saw him at the session, he gave me a real big hug and was very, very happy to have me sing. So, they were very, very happy with that."
UPDATED: Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, & David Marks with Jeff Beck tour dates (subject to change):
September 27 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live (with Blondie Chaplin)
September 28 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
October 1 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
October 3 - Saint Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 4 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
October 5 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
October 6 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
October 8 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
October 9 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre - Citi Performing Arts Center
October 11 - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre
October 12 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
October 13 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
October 15 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre (with Blondie Chaplin)
October 16 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater
October 18 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater (with Blondie Chaplin)
October 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre (with Blondie Chaplin)
October 22 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre (with Blondie Chaplin)
October 25 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
October 26 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
October 27 - Akron, OH - E.J. Thomas Hall
October 30 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre