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God only knows when Brian Wilson will next get to Israel

The Beach Boys genius and creator of ‘Pet Sounds’ performs Wednesday in Ra’anana

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Beach Boys Brian Wilson (right) with Tel Aviv deputy mayor Asaf Zamir prior to Wilson's  June 8, 2016 concert. (Courtesy Tel Aviv Municipality)
Beach Boys Brian Wilson (right) with Tel Aviv deputy mayor Asaf Zamir prior to Wilson's June 8, 2016 concert. (Courtesy Tel Aviv Municipality)

Brian Wilson, the mastermind Beach Boy and creator of the band’s seminal “Pet Sounds” solo album, is touring Israel ahead of his Wednesday, June 8 concert, being held at Ra’anana’s Amphitheater Park.

Wilson, 73, has said that the 2016 Pet Sounds tour, celebrating the album’s 50th anniversary, will be his last. This is his first appearance in Israel.

After receiving the key to the city of Tel Aviv on Monday, Wilson, accompanied by his family and an entourage of 23 people, toured Jerusalem on Tuesday.

In honor of Wilson’s visit, radio station Kol Yisrael released an archived recording of a Hebrew version of “Good Vibrations,” recorded by the popular 1970s band Uzi Navon and the Acquaintances. The radio station said the archived material had been buried at the back of a closet.

On Tuesday night, June 7, 9:30 p.m., satellite television channel YES 1 will broadcast “Love and Mercy,” the acclaimed 2014 biopic about Wilson and the Beach Boys, and the making of “Pet Sounds.”

The album, which was the Beach Boys’ 11th studio album, is often considered to be one of pop music’s greatest works, and Wilson quit touring with the Beach Boys in order to concentrate solely on the music.

The album included Beach Boys classics such as “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.”

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