Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck -- with Beach Boys co-founders Al Jardine and David Marks -- brought a taste of their current tour to TV last night. The ensemble appeared on NBC's The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon, and performed the Beach Boys' legendary opening number from Smile, "Our Prayer," coupled with the tour's closing number -- "Danny Boy" -- featuring Wilson and co. adding harmonies to Beck's instrumental arrangement of the Irish standard.
One of the highlights of the recent shows has been both bands teaming up with Beck to perform a medley of songs from the Beach Boys' Smile album -- "Our Prayer," "Child Is Father To The Man," and "Surf's Up." We asked Brian Wilson which of his two Beach Boys masterpieces, 1966's Pet Sounds and 1967's Smile, he thinks will be the one that future generations will turn to in the years to come: "Smile will, because it's a happy album. It's a happy. . . songs, it's a happy album. Pet Sounds is not a happy album, no. It's more emotional."
Al Jardine told us that the most enduring and beloved tracks on Pet Sounds -- such as "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," "Caroline, No," and "God Only Knows" -- have always held a special place in his heart: "It's some of the most touching music that Brian has ever produced. And how can you not feel the depth and breath of it, y'know and feel it, in your heart? It just touches me deeply."
Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck -- with Al Jardine and David Marks -- tour dates (subject to change):
October 11 - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre
October 12 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
October 13 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre (with Blondie Chaplin)
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
Photo Courtesy of James Minchin III