Brian Wilson to get around to Israel on ‘Pet Sounds’ tour
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Brian Wilson to get around to Israel on ‘Pet Sounds’ tour

After canceling 2014 show due to poor sales, Tel Aviv set for some good vibrations as the Beach Boys front man plans to surf in

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys in its original LP Vinyl (HayeurJF/Flikr CC BY-SA 2.0)
Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys in its original LP Vinyl (HayeurJF/Flikr CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson will make a stop in Israel during his upcoming world tour marking the 50th anniversary of the release of “Pet Sounds,” often called one of the most influential pop albums in history.

Wilson will play over 70 shows in the US, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and Israel, the legendary musician announced Monday. The tour will kick off on March 26 in Auckland, New Zealand.

While Israel was mentioned in the press release announcing the tour, it was not listed in the tour schedule published on the singer’s website. The Israeli promoter for the concert had not yet been announced.

The 73-year-old rocker said in a statement that the tour would mark the last time he plays “Pet Sounds” in its entirety, which he will do at each show.

Wilson will perform on the tour with another founding Beach Boy, Al Jardine, and Blondie Chaplin, the South African rocker who joined the band when Wilson’s health was declining.

The full Beach Boys group had been set to perform in Tel Aviv’s Nokia Stadium in November 2014 but canceled the show just a week in advance, apparently due to poor ticket sales.

The group did not provide details about the cancellation, but said in a statement that the band members were looking forward “to returning to the region as soon as possible.”

“Pet Sounds” is widely considered one of the most influential works in pop history: Rolling Stone magazine has ranked it as the second greatest album of all time, only after The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Known for their vocal harmonies in hits such as “Kokomo,” “California Girls,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Good Vibrations,” “Sloop John B” and “Help Me, Rhonda,” the Beach Boys have sold more singles and albums than any other American band in history, according to Billboard Magazine.

AFP contributed to this report.

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