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B Y R A N DY PAT T E R S O N B O O M E R O C I T Y. C O M

F YOU’RE A BABY BOOMER

and/or a music nut, you have heard of – and probably all about – the Beach Boys and the various members of the band. Of all the music they recorded, probably the most lauded LP was their ground-breaking “Pet Sounds” – largely written by the band’s co-founder, Brian Wilson, and released 51 years ago this month. A music statistician friend of mine, Steve Orchard of 101.5 The Frog in Kingsford, Michigan, told me, “The last time Rolling Stone did their top 500 albums of all time, they had it ranked at number two. That’s some pretty weighty company right there for that album. You can see that it certainly faired a lot better over the years than its initial chart position would indicate.” Also chiming in with some input on the music legend was Boomerocity friend, Greg Harris, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Things that connect millions of people when they hear the opening notes to not just one or two of these songs, but dozens of these songs,” he said. “You know, when you hear the organ come in or when you hear the harmonies come in at the start, that’s really where it’s at. It’s especially incredible that he made amazing, popular hits. His focused studio work on Pet Sounds and on Smiley Smile 30

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– the genius of his ear and the creativity that got those sounds – is just remarkable.” As Knoxville’s luck would have it, Brian Wilson is bringing his performance of Pet Sounds to the Tennessee Theatre on May 6th. And, as my luck would have it, I got to chat with Brian very briefly about the tour and the upcoming show. Brian is notorious for his short answers and abruptly ending interviews. He’s not being rude; it’s just how he rolls. Such was the case when his publicist called me for our interview. Our chat was to talk about his current tour that’s promoted as being the final Pet Sounds tour. I asked Brian why this was the case. “Well, we toured the world on a world tour, so we’re just about ready to wrap up,” he said. As for what fans can expect from one of the shows in this tour, he said, “Well, they can expect Pet Sounds and a lot of Beach Boys classics!” Of crowd reaction so far, Brian said, “Very good. It’s gone over very well!” Well known for his collaborative work, I asked Brian who he would like to work with in the future. His response: “Paul McCartney!” With up-and-coming artists emulating the classics, I asked Brian if he was listening to

any of those people. “Yeah, I’ve listened to quite a few,” he said. “I really like that kind of music!” With such a prolific body of work already to his credit, I asked what Brian would still like to accomplish in his career. “I would like to accomplish a rock and roll album,” he said. According to Brian, such an album is already in the works, and we should be able to hear it next year. What does Brian love most about life these days? “Music,” he said. “I love music mostly.” Wrapping up our chat, I asked the icon two final questions: What’s on his radar for the next year and how did he want to be remembered? “A rock and roll album and maybe another tour,” said Brian. “I want to be remembered as a good singer. Thank you for the interview.” As I said: Short and to the point, and when he was done, he was done. No harm, no foul, and still feeling good vibrations. For ticket availability, contact the Tennessee Theatre at 865-684-1200 or visit www.tennesseetheatre.com. You can read the expanded version of this article (or listen to the audio) at www.boomerocity.com. Photo by Brian Bowen Smith

Everything Knoxville May 2017  
Everything Knoxville May 2017  
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