Ahead of BRIAN WILSON bringing Pet Sounds to Liverpool Exhibition Centre on 28th July, we’re giving away a pair of standing tickets for what’s set to be one of the highlights of Liverpool’s jampacked live music calendar this year. Have a read of our interview with the songwriting legend below to find out how to win.
There are few artists who can legitimately be spoken of in the same breath as giants like Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and those lads from South Liverpool which everyone seems to like, but Brian Wilson doubtless has a place in such company. The Beach Boys founder member and driving force created some of the most mesmerising harmonies, pop hooks and timeless songs ever produced.
His legacy will live on long after you and I have departed this mortal coil. It is with great anticipation, then, that Liverpool welcomes the Godlike Genius back this month. Wilson stops off at the Exhibition Centre to perform the seminal album Pet Sounds in full for one of the final times – if any gig deserves the adjective ‘unmissable’, it’s this one. “Well, yes, it’s sad. I’m very sentimental about that album. It’s so, so special,” Wilson told Bido Lito! ahead of his visit, about the prospect of finally drawing the curtain on this celebratory album tour after two years of emotional shows.
The 75 year-old picked out the luscious God Only Knows as the track which is “for sure” the one he enjoys playing the most. As well as this, gig-goers can expect bone fide classics such as Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B and the spine-tingling Good Vibrations, played by “a killer band [which includes Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine], beautiful harmonies and a great show”, according to the ever-modest Wilson.
“It’s one of the top five best albums ever made,” Wilson tells us, and it’s hard to argue. Pet Sounds has topped Best Albums Of All Time from the likes of NME, The Times and Mojo. Wilson’s restless studio work gave birth to many original techniques and cemented his reputation as a production innovator as well as gifted songwriter.
Much has been made of the legend’s health issues, both mental and physical, but the leader’s statement that “music expresses my feeling and it makes people happy” feels true to The Beach Boys aesthetic – sounds which capture eternal youth, hopefulness and fun summer shenanigans. The show is part of the city’s 50 Summers Of Love programme and is set to be one that everyone there will cherish forever.
Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre on 28th July. To be in a chance of winning a pair of standing tickets, head to our Facebook page and like and share our post. A limited number of tickets are still available to buy here.