Beach Boys songwriting genius hits the road with orchestra

Brian Wilson, one of THE BEACH BOYS founder members, will return to the live arena next month with two live shows in the US, both backed by a full symphony orchestra.

Wilson is expected to play the majority of the 1966 album ‘Pet Sounds’, which has just gone gold for the first time in the States and continues to be regarded by many as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

It marks both the first time Wilson has toured the album (on it’s initial release he opted to remain in the studio rather than hit the road), and the first time live interpretations of the songs, which include ‘God Only Knows’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’, have been attempted at such a scale.

The Rolling Stone website ( reports Wilson‘s manager Ronnie Lippin as saying,”Brian had such a good time on the road last year that he decided to go out again, but wanted to do something a little different. A symphony orchestra only enriches the work, and with it the possibilities are staggering.”

Wilson is set to play Los Angeles’s Roxy Theatre on April 7 and 8. The performances are to be recorded for a live CD to be released exclusively through his new Web site,

A more extensive tour is expected in the summer, but as of yet no British dates have been confirmed.