Brian Wilson and the recently Rock Hall-inducted Zombies are teaming up for a 15-date joint “Something Great From '68” tour. Rolling Stone reported Wilson and his band will be tapping into key tracks from both the Beach Boys' 1968 Friends and 1971 Surf's Up collections, with the Zombies tackling their 1968 Odessey And Oracle collection. The jaunt kicks off on August 31st in Las Vegas at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and winds down on September 26th at New York City's Beacon Theatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 10th.
Apart from the first two shows, the Zombies will feature Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone reuniting with fellow co-founders Chris White and Hugh Grundy, who will perform alongside the current touring lineup of the Zombies. Wilson will be once again joined by Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and early-'70s Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin.
Brian Wilson said in a statement announcing the tour, “It’s been quite a year and I’m ready to go out and tour some music that makes everyone have a feel good vibe. The Friends album has always been one of my favorites, and I love the music from that time in history.”
Longtime Brian Wilson band keyboardist Darian Sahanaja — who has also toured with the Zombies — added: “Any fan of Pet Sounds should immediately identify with Odessey And Oracle. Rich harmonic tapestries, baroque impressions with an underlying melancholy. Classicism with an emotional yearning that I find common in both Brian’s songwriting and that of the Zombies. To be able to perform with both entities on the same bill is a dream within a dream within a 'hung up' dream come true.”
Brian Wilson is a man who has literally logged thousands of hours in the recording studio. When asked to name his favorite Beach Boys track — he didn't hesitate: “Ah, 'California Girls.' That's my favorite, 'cause of Mike (Love's) singing. My biggest memories are working with the voices. Giving the guys chords to sing and parts to sing. That's my favorite.”
Zombies keyboardist and songwriter Rod Argent told us that they way he and the band go about things is no different than in the “Swinging Sixties”: “We always approach what we're doing exactly the same as we did when we first started out. We still get completely energized by being able to write new music, record it, and play it in front of appreciative audiences. That's still the excitement we feel, and we feel very privileged to be in that position.”
JUST ANNOUNCED: Brian Wilson / The Zombies tour dates (subject to change):
August 31 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino September 1 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Casino September 6 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre September 7 – Pala, CA – Pala Casino September 8 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre September 12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre September 13 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater September 14 – Murphys, CA – Ironstone Amphitheatre September 16 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre September 17 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall September 19 – Sandy, UT – Sandy City Amphitheater September 20 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theater September 22 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater September 24 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre September 26 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre