Brian Wilson hopes to bring “a little Southern California sunshine” to the UK from tonight (September 10) when he is to perform his new concert repertoire ‘That Lucky Old Sun (A Narrative)‘ as well as other back catalogue classics.
The Beach Boys legend will be premiering his new concert repertoire at the Royal Festival Hall – who commissioned the piece as part of their grand re-opening after extensive refurbishment.
As previously reported, Wilson’s new piece “will consist of five ‘rounds’ with interspersed spoken word.”
Wilson continues: “When I got the call from Royal Festival hall to create a new piece for their re-opening I was thrilled, because Pet Sounds and SMiLE had debuted there with so much love and appreciation from my British fans.”
”At that time, I was deep in the middle of a real creative trip. Scott Bennett and I had been collaborating “All Summer Long”. “I was stuck on an old spiritual called “That Lucky Old Sun” and decided that it was a good tune to thread throughout this new piece.”
He adds: “I hope when you hear it, my incredible band and I will bring a little Southern California sunshine your way.”
As well as the new work, Wilson will also be digging out other tracks from his back catalogue – including songs he has never before performed live.
As a special treat, the musician will also perform a rendition of the Beatles‘ ‘She’s Leaving Home’ – to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of their classic LP ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’
Brian Wilson plays the following dates:
Royal Festival Hall (September 10-12, 14-16)
Bristol, Colston Hall (18)
Bournemouth, Opera House (20)
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre (22)
Manchester, Palace Theatre (23)
Birmingham, Symphony Hall (24)
More information about the shows and to book tickets – click here.
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