Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson took the Massey Hall stage this past Monday night, spending his Fourth of July in the Great White North without missing his California girls one bit.
Accompanied by Blondie Chaplin and fellow founding Beach Boy Al Jardine, Wilson had the crowd out of their seats the moment his foot touched the stage. With more standing ovations than any other non-GA show I’ve ever seen, it was clear that this crowd was ready to have fun, fun, fun (pun very much intended).
Touring to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the album Pet Sounds, it was as if the audience had traveled back to 1966 and were hearing each track for the very first time.
Not because they didn’t know the lyrics; they were sure to sing those directly into the ears of their neighbours as they danced the night away, but instead, because they appeared just as excited, just as inspired by the music as they were in their younger days.
This was also shown as Al’s son Matt Jardine appeared on stage, singing “Don’t Worry Baby” in perfect pitch. Matt then remained on stage for the rest of the evening taking on the Beach Boys legendary falsetto; and we all know it just isn’t the Beach Boys without that falsetto!
Playing hits like “Help Me Rhonda”, “Good Vibrations” and of course, Pet Sounds in its entirety, the boys also did a cover of “Barbara Ann” during their encore, adding to the summer vibe that emanated throughout the venue.
The magic of the Beach Boys and their positive, fun-loving message had not been lost on this Toronto audience, and the men on stage could tell; feeding off of the energy to give back a great show and a lasting experience with a unique piece of music’s history.